The Ballad Of John and Yoko chords and lyrics

by The Beatles

  • The Ballad Of John and Yoko was written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney.
  • Recorded: April 14, 1969 in EMI Studios, London with producer George Martin
  • Released: May 30, 1969
  • Album: The Beatles - 1
  • Music: Key of E Major in 4/4 time at ~ 136 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: E, E7, A, B7

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
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
(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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