Released: 23 January 1984
John Lennon: vocals, electric guitar
Earl Slick, Hugh McCracken: electric guitar
Tony Levin: bass guitar
George Small: keyboards
Andy Newmark: drums
Arthur Jenkins: percussion
Milk And Honey
One of the songs written by John Lennon during his 1980 holiday in Bermuda, (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess was released on the posthumous collection Milk And Honey in 1984.
Lennon spent seven weeks in Bermuda in the summer of 1980. While there he wrote several songs and recorded demos of more, including (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess. His handwritten lyrics from the time are annotated “Fairylands July 1980”.
If he wrote (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess after their disagreement, the lyrics – which speak of “my utter selfishness” and plead for another chance – show that Lennon was deeply affected at the possibility of losing Ono once again. He had asked for forgiveness in song before, most notably on 1971’s Jealous Guy and 1973’s Aisumasen (I’m Sorry).
Lennon recorded (Forgive Me) My Little Flower Princess at the Hit Factory studio in New York, early on in the Double Fantasy sessions. The results were only ever intended to be a reference recording for future work, enabling Lennon to reevaluate the song at a later date. That chance never came, however, and the work-in-progress was released in 1984 after his death.