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John Lennon Alphabet Writing
31 March 2014
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K is for shoetop we wear to the ball, I think is referring to shoe polish, which the dominant brand is Kiwi or to high heels that resemble a K.  

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X is for easter, might be in reference to a cross for Jesus. 

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Musketeer Gripweed (kezron9) said
X is for easter, might be in reference to a cross for Jesus. 

Or it could be like Xmas since both are Christan holidays

 

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Musketeer Gripweed (kezron9) said
X is for easter, might be in reference to a cross for Jesus. 

That's what I thought right away, but the have some yourself, or whatever it is that followed confused me.

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X is for Easter - might refer to Hot Cross Buns which are eaten at Easter and bakeries would write hot-x buns on their signs.

There's an english Easter nursery rhyme

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One ha' penny, two ha' penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One ha' penny,
Two ha' penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

 

 

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I'm English and I've never heard that before. Maybe it didn't make it to the westcountry.

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I've heard that one over here across the pond.

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Ahhh Girl said
I've heard that one over here across the pond.

I have too, but didn't know the second verse.

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I've heard that rhyme before. 

x is the mathematical sign for the unknown by the way; John questioning the meaning of the Christian festival and religion and its relevance in modern times?

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Thanks for posting that, Gripweed, never read it before!

It does sound like mostly druggy/Goony/non-sequitur nonsense, but there probably are meanings for certain parts of it.

I do like the interpretation upthread that the "Z is for apple as you can plainly see" renders the entire thing as a kind of avant-garde press release for the launch of Zapple records. But in my heart, it's a clear reference to "Dr. Seuss's ABC", which ends with "What begins with Z?" - the answer being "I do! I am a Zizzer-Zazzer Zuzz, as you can plainly see!", followed by a two-page illustration of the fantastic furry pink-&-white-checked creature itself.

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Ahhh Girl said

I've heard that one over here across the pond.

Yeah, I've heard it too (and learned to play it on the recorder) but never associated it with Easter.

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vonbontee said
Thanks for posting that, Gripweed, never read it before!

It does sound like mostly druggy/Goony/non-sequitur nonsense, but there probably are meanings for certain parts of it.

I do like the interpretation upthread that the "Z is for apple as you can plainly see" renders the entire thing as a kind of avant-garde press release for the launch of Zapple records. But in my heart, it's a clear reference to "Dr. Seuss's ABC", which ends with "What begins with Z?" - the answer being "I do! I am a Zizzer-Zazzer Zuzz, as you can plainly see!", followed by a two-page illustration of the fantastic furry pink-&-white-checked creature itself.

Interesting Ill have to check Dr. Seuss's ABC then. The only reason is why I think it might not be all gobblygook is because it was part of a wedding gift to Yoko. BUt yeah hit he nail on the head with the avant-garde part. Still interesting non the less. 

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Musketeer Gripweed (kezron9) said
X is for easter, might be in reference to a cross for Jesus. 

That's what I thought right away, but the have some yourself, or whatever it is that followed confused me.

The have one yourself might be related to the nursery rhyme mentioned above or, he mentioned E is for binoculars I’ll get in five, he manages to get 4 E's in 1) F is for Ethel who lives next door, 2.H is for England and (Heather)3.U is for Ethel who lives on the hill 4. X is easter—have one yourself. So maybe a reference that hes one short of 5 E's so have one yourself? lol no idea, maybe it a pun on people pushing religion. Its clearly done its job sure got me thinking which is really what avant-garde art is all about. I wish more of his writing would be published. Anyone Read Sky Writing By Word of Mouth? 

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Didn't this first appear in Skywriting?

Every time I see this thread I think of this: http://www.dafont.com/johnlennon.font

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Joe said
Didn't this first appear in Skywriting?

@Joe. It first appeared in a Lennon-written book in Skywriting, but I knew this long before that. It was part of the "Bag One" portfolio in 1969.

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Oh yeah, that sounds familiar. I forgot about Bag One. I first saw it in Skywriting, so maybe I assumed it hadn't been published until after he died.

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@Joe Just to confirm, I've done some checking, and here is an image of the contents of Bag One.

a-hard-days-night-ringo-8 You can see it there. John's playful alphabet at the left-hand side, followed by John drawings of him and Yoko - some of which were way too "playful" for the authorities at the time.

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So it is! Thanks for that. I've seen the Bag One lithographs before, but that wasn't one of the more memorable ones!

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So did we decide this was all nonsense? Because it was fun to try and decipher if we didn't!

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Mr. Kite said
So did we decide this was all nonsense? Because it was fun to try and decipher if we didn't!

I think we all figured it out already

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