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JOHN AND YOKO, AMSTERDAM, 1969


QUESTION: People are equal, but some are more equal than others, as you know.

JOHN: Yes. But they all have equal possibility.

QUESTION: You are to talk without philosophy because I'm not much of a philosopher.

JOHN: Me either.

QUESTION: Your attempt to think sensibly has gone out of it all, isn't it?

JOHN: No.

QUESTION: You see this whole roomful of reporters, photographers, and filmers...

JOHN: I think there's something beautiful about it because on all the Beatles tours there's always people who had laughs! The field reporters had a good time when they gotthe right photograph or the right or wrong picture, or something. It's a happening.

YOKO ONO: And there's plenty people in the world who are sensitive enough. When you report, they will see what we're doing and it's good.

JOHN: But it means this is a madhouse. Everything's too serious.

QUESTION: But you're sitting here singing, "Those were the days, my friend," and you give some kind of impression that you are very sensible and have a grown-up approach...

JOHN: Well, I'm prety old now and she's pretty old, but we have a sense of humor and that's what this is about, partly.

YOKO: The world needs a sense of humor, I think, more than anything. because the world is getting more violent and tense.

QUESTION: The flabbergasts a Dutchman a bit. Is Holland a honeymoon country?

JOHN: It's a beautiful place. Amsterdam's a place where a lot of things are happening with the youth. It's an important place.

YOKO: A romantic place.

JOHN: Everywhere is important, but Amsterdam is one of them. There's a few centers in the world and Amsterdam is one of them for youth.

YOKO: Many vitally alive youth, with high ideals and everything for the world.

JOHN: The provos with their white bicycles.

QUESTION: Are those ideas that appeal to you, by the way?

JOHN: Yes, the peaceful ideas that the youth have. If we have any influence on youth at all, we'd like to influence them in a peaceful way.

YOKO: Communicate with them and each other.

JOHN: Say hello to them. We're here to say hello to people in Amsterdam or Holland.

QUESTION: What do you see in a conformist institution such as marriage?

JOHN: Intellectually, we know marriage is nowhere. That a man should just say, "Here, you're married," when we're living together a year before it. Romantically and emotionally, it's somewhere else. When our divorce papers came through, it was a great relief. We didn't realize how much of a relief it was going to be until Peter Brown came up and said, "It's over." It was only a bit of paper. We'd made the marriage over by living together when we were still married to the other two people. Just the fact that somebody said it was a relief and the fact that we got married was another kind of joy. It was very emotional, the actual marriage ceremony. We both got very emotional about it and we're both quite cynical, hard people, but very soft as well. Everyone's a bit both ways. And it was very romantic.

QUESTION: I should like to have your reactions on this, Mrs. Lennon.

YOKO: I got this ring and, of course, to many people in the contemporary world that's old-fashioned. I sort of broke down. I felt so good about it. When I think about it, it's an old ritual, but very functional. It has a lot to do with sex [slipping the ring on and off her finger] ...

JOHN: Stop it, stop it!

YOKO: Ahh ...

JOHN: I'm joking, I'm joking.

QUESTION: It's kind of loose though.

JOHN: Pardon? Yes, we're having it fitted here.

QUESTION: You were talking about marriage as an instiution, now the $64,000 question, what about the kiddies?

JOHN: we're thinking it might be nice to concieve one in Amsterdam. We might call it, "Amsterdam" or "Peace" or "Hair" or "Bed-in" or something. It would be beautiful.

QUESTION: How do you feel about the English linen?

YOKO: Yes, it would be nice to concieve a child in this bed actually, wouldn't it?

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