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Song by John Lennon

from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Released 1970
Recorded October - November 1970
Genre Rock
Length 4:36
Label Apple/EMI
Writer John Lennon
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band track listing

"Remember" is a 1970 song appearing on John Lennon's first official solo album release, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

The song was influenced by Lennon's primal therapy sessions with Dr. Arthur Janov, and the lyrics reflect things typically remembered in therapy. The memories described are unpleasant ones, of conflict with family, authority and peers. Lennon employs his wit, mentioning how "the hero was never hung, always got away", and parents "wishin' for movie stardom, always playin' a part," instead of being honest and open.

At the end of the song, Lennon sings an excerpt from the poem Remember, Remember, The Fifth of November, then an explosion is heard. This is a reference to Guy Fawkes Night, a holiday in Britain celebrated with fireworks. In an interview with Jann Wenner, Lennon said this was part of a lengthy ad-lib and that he later decided this line ought to be the culmination of the song.[1].

A 2:44 rehearsal take of “Remember" – where the tempo of the song is being worked out – appears on the 1998 box set John Lennon Anthology.


The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:[2]


  1. ^ John Lennon: The Rolling Stone Interview : Rolling Stone
  2. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen To This Book. Guildford, Great Britain: Biddles Ltd.. pp. 60. ISBN 0-9544528-1-X.  


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