The Ballad Of John and Yoko chords and lyrics

by The Beatles

The Ballad Of John and Yoko was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It was recorded April 14, 1969 in EMI Studios, London with producer George Martin, and released as a single on May 30, 1969. The song is also featured on the album, The Beatles - 1.

Music: Key of E Major in 4/4 time at ~ 136 bpm (♩)
Chords: E, E7, A, B7
The Beatles - 1 verse and chorus

The Ballad Of John and Yoko by The Beatles

Intro: 4/4 |  E  |  E  |
            
  E
1. Stand-ing in the dock at South-amp-ton

   Try-ing to get to Hol-land or France
       E7
   The man in the mac said__ You've got to go back

   You know they didn't even give us a chance

                                  A
Chorus: Christ you know it ain't ea-sy
                                 E
        You know how hard it can be
                           B7
        The way things are go-ing
                                    E
        They're go-ing to cru-ci-fy me

     E
2. Final-ly made the plane into Pa-ris

   Hon-ey-moon-ing down by the Seine
          E7
   Peter Brown called to say___ You can make it O.K.

   You can get ma-rried in Gib-ral-tar near Spain

                                  A
Chorus: Christ you know it ain't ea-sy
                                 E
        You know how hard it can be
                           B7
        The way things are go-ing
                                    E
        They're go-ing to cru-ci-fy me

     E
3. Drove from Pa-ris to the Am-ste-rdam Hil-ton

   Talk-ing in our beds for a week
        E7
   The news-pa-pers said__  Say what're you do-ing in bed

   I said we're only trying to get us some peace


                                  A
Chorus: Christ you know it ain't ea-sy
                                 E
        You know how hard it can be
                           B7
        The way things are go-ing
                                    E
        They're go-ing to cru-ci-fy me

         A
Bridge: Sav-ing up your mon-ey for a rai-ny day

        Giv-ing all your clothes to cha-ri-ty

        Last night the wife said__ Oh boy when you're dead
             B7
        You don't take noth-ing with you but your soul__ Think!

    E
4. Made a lightn-ing trip to Vien-na

   Eat-ing choc'late cake in a bag
        E7
   The news-pa-pers said__ She's gone to his head

   They look just like two gur-us in drag

                                  A
Chorus: Christ you know it ain't ea-sy
                                 E
        You know how hard it can be
                           B7
        The way things are go-ing
                                    E
        They're go-ing to cru-ci-fy me

     E
5. Caught the ear-ly plane back to Lon-don

   Fif-ty a-corns tied in a sack
       E7
   The men from the press said__ We wish you suc-cess

   It's good to have the both of you back

                                  A
Chorus: Christ you know it ain't ea-sy
                                 E
        You know how hard it can be
                           B7
        The way things are go-ing
                                    E  |  E  |
        They're go-ing to cru-ci-fy me
                           B7
        The way things are go-ing
                                    E   |  E  |
        They're go-ing to cru-ci-fy me 
  
        |  B7  |  B7  |  E  |  E  |
                              (hold)

E Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
alt: alternative voicing
(4)- optional note - sounds good in this song

Right-Handed Guitarist
           E                 E7                  A                 B7 
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|-4-|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|(4)|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|-1-|---|---|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-3-|---|
    D|---|-3-|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|-1-|---|---|
    A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|-2-|---| 
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 

Left-Handed Guitarist 
          E                 E7                  A                 B7
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|-4-|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |(4)|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|-1-|G     |---|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G
    |---|-3-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|---|-1-|D
    |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|---|---|A    x|---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
 
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