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During an interview, Yoko Ono said John Lennon commented on the 1960s in one of his solo songs. Yoko said the song made her want to cry. She said John was using the song to reach out “over the battlefield of dead families.”

John Lennon putting his arm around Yoko Ono
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Yoko Ono talked about John Lennon’s social commentary

In a 1980 interview that comprises the book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview With John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Yoko reflected on the 1960s. “John has talked about the ’60s and how it gave us a taste for freedom — sexual and otherwise,” she said. “It was like an orgy. Then, after that big come that we had together, men and women somehow lost track of each other and a lot of families and relationships split apart.”

Yoko then compared the 1970s to Nazi Germany. “I really think that what happened in the ’70s can be compared to what happened under Nazism with Jewish families,” she said. “Only the force that split them in the ’70s came from the inside, not from the outside. We tried to rationalize it as the price we were paying for our freedom.” Though she did not elaborate, Yoko could have been discussing the Vietnam War, which may have resulted in the deaths of over 3 million people.

One of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's billboards reading "War Is Over" near a Coca-Cola advertisement
One of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s billboards reading “War Is Over” | Three Lions/Getty Images

John Lennon’s ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’ moved Yoko Ono

Yoko then discussed the meaning of John’s single “(Just Like) Starting Over.” “And John is saying in his new song, ‘Starting Over,’ ‘OK, we had the energy in the ’60s, in the ’70s we separated, but let’s start over in the ’80s,'” she said. “John’s song makes me feel like crying.”

Yoko saw “(Just Like) Starting Over” as a message to herself and others. “He’s reaching out to me, reaching out after all that’s happened,” she opined. “He’s reaching out over the battlefield of dead families even though it’s more difficult this time around.”


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The way the world reacted to ‘(Just Like) Starting Over’

“(Just Like) Starting Over” became John’s final No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was No. 1 for five weeks, stating on the chart for 22 weeks in total. “(Just Like) Starting Over” appeared on John and Yoko’s collaborative album Double Fantasy. Double Fantasy reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for eight weeks. It stayed on the chart for 77 weeks altogether.

“(Just Like) Starting Over” became popular in the United Kingdom as well. According to The Official Charts Company, the song was No. 1 in the U.K. for one week. “(Just Like) Starting Over” lasted 15 weeks on the chart. Meanwhile, Double Fantasy was No. 1 for two weeks of its 36-week run on the chart. “(Just Like) Starting Over” impacted Yoko — and the world.