Released: 8 October 1971 (UK), 9 September 1971 (US)
Oh My Love was the only song on the Imagine album to be a songwriting collaboration. The lyrics, which reveal feelings of clarity and rebirth at having fallen in love, are among Imagine’s most elegant and direct, and the references to the wind and clouds are reminiscent of Yoko Ono‘s instructional works.
In the studio
Lennon recorded various demos of the song before bringing it to Ascot Sound Studios in May 1971. Film footage from the studio captured Lennon performing the song for Harrison before recording began.
The early rehearsals featured Lennon on a Steinway piano and Harrison on acoustic guitar as they worked out a suitable arrangement. At one point they considered adding a dobro, before Harrison switched to a Les Paul electric guitar. Nicky Hopkins’ electric piano added further elegance to one of Lennon’s most affecting solo recordings.
A studio outtake of Oh My Love was featured on the John Lennon Anthology box set in 1998.