Jerry Levitan – I Met The Walrus – Featuring – John Lennon
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In 1969 14 year old Beatles fan Jerry Levitan skipped school and snuck into John Lennon’s hotel room with a tape recorder. Rather than kick him out, Lennon happily spoke to the young boy and answered all of his questions.
This is the conversation they had…
[Jerry Levitan:] Source: LYBIO.net
John, could you please tell me what the situation is with you entering the United States?
Uh… Well there’s a lot of people that don’t want me in, you know, they think I’m going to cause a violent revolution, which I’m not. And they… the others don’t want me in because they don’t want me to cause peace either, you know. Because peace is big. And war is big business, you know, and they like war because it keeps them fat and happy. And… I’m anti-war, so they’re trying to keep me out. But I’ll get in. you know, cause they’ll have to own up in public that they’re against peace, you know.
Uh, what can we, as the youth of Toronto… like what can we do to try and help you?
Uh, help me by helping yourselves, you know, and uh, the militant revolutionary is ask them to show you one revolution that turned out to be what it promised, militantly. Take Russia, France, anywhere they’re at it. What they do is they smash the place down, and they build it up again and the people that build it up, hang on to it and then they become the establishment. And you guys are going to be the establishment, in a few years. And it’s not worth knocking it down because it’s convenient to have the rooms and the machinery. The thing is to protest but protest non-violently. Because violence begets violence, you know, and if you run around a while you get smacked, and that’s it, you know that’s the laws of the universe.
And they’ve got all the weapons, they’ve got all the money. And they know how to fight violence because they’ve been doing it for how many years, suppressing us. And they only thing they don’t know about is non-violence… and humour. And there’s many ways of promoting peace, do everything for peace; Piss for peace, or smile for peace, or go to school for peace, or don’t go to school for peace, whatever you do just do it for peace, you know. It’s up to the people, you can’t blame it on the government, say they’re doing this and they’re, oh they’re going to put us into war. We put them there, and we allow it, you know, and we can change it, if we really want to change it, we can change it.
Uh, what about the.. uh Paul, Ringo, and let’s see, G…
Uh, we’re all four individuals and George is saying to me, George is doing it in his own way with the way he goes about his life. It’s not that they’re shouting on the street corner “I want peace” and then beating up your mates, like that so… You’ve got to try and work your own head out, you know, and get non-violent. And that’s pretty hard cause we’re all violent, inside,
we’re all Hitler inside and we’re all Christ inside. And it’s just to try and work on the good bit of you.
Oh yeah… Um… Like I read in the paper that um, you know everyone seems to think that George is the… nice guitarist and stuff like that but, I’m not too keen on George, I like him and that but um, I have this feeling that you’re sort of drifting away from people you know, you’re still like, sort of like a symbol, you know, I mean, you know like The Beatles, like god… stuff like that and… But no one in school like, if you ask them, what’s your favorite group they’ll say, The Bee Gees, you know, like I’ll ask them, why don’t you like The Beatles, they’re fantastic, great, etcetera that they’ll say like, um, for example the marijuana charges, and they’re
all, they’re all hippes, they’re gone from us, they’re dirty now.
Oh, I see well, those kids… they sound like.. sort of square, they’ve just got to get from their parents… wings, you know, I know, they’re like… robots, not… like..
Once um, I just got this feeling out of your double LP after I was listening to it for a long time, I started getting this feeling that they’re a message in it, you know?
[John Lennon:] Source: LYBIO.net
Yeah, messages are there on all levels, on all, in all music, and whatever level you get it on, I have added to when I wrote it or sung it, but some of that stuff, I… write it, record it, and play it, and I still don’t hear it at all, few months later I’m lying down, and I say “I think I’ll listen to The Beatles album, and try and hear it in retrospect and not objectively.” And it’s about everything, so, It’s about UK, it’s about USSR, it’s about nothing and it’s about U.S.A.; anything you hear is there, you know, it’s all there either trivial or profound, whatever. It’s all there, you know, and it’s the same as in a flower, everything’s there. you know, it just is, and if you look long enough, all answers are in it, you know, and same with the music. [the keys for the big box…] What? Oh the keys for the big box… I’ don’t know, I’ve no idea where it is… [the keys for the big box…] ok well that’s… I’ve just shoved that in the black case there… Yeah… Oh, no not the black case, my (inaudible)’s in there… that’s my white jacket there…. [Thank you very much] bye bye… play that to ’em, yeah, peace.
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