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Skywriting by Word of Mouth  
Author John Lennon
Language English
Genre(s) Experimental fiction
Publisher Harper and Row Publishers
Publication date 10 October 1986
Pages 208
ISBN 0060914440
OCLC Number 19560946
Preceded by A Spaniard in the Works

Skywriting by Word of Mouth is the third, and last, book written by John Lennon. Subtitled "and Other Writings Including the Ballad of John and Yoko", it was published posthumously in 1986 and included an afterword by his widow, Yoko Ono. Like his other works, it contains miscellaneous writings and cartoons.

The book includes Lennon's autobiography (titled "The Ballad of John and Yoko", also the title of a song), in which he talks about the Beatles' break-up ("I started the band. I disbanded it.") and tells how he has no hard feelings for the others: "Paul, George, and It's Only Ringo. I bear them no ill will."

Lennon mentioned the manuscript in a 1980 Playboy interview: "At one point (during his five-year "retirement" from music)... I wrote about two hundred pages of mad stuff." The manuscript was stolen from the Lennons' apartment in 1982, and later recovered in 1986, when Ono had it published.


  • The Ballad of John and Yoko
"All We Were Saying Was Give Peace a Chance"
"We'd All Love to See the Plan"
"We Fought the Law and the Law Lost"
"The Mysterious Smell of Roses"
  • Two Virgins
  • An Alphabet
  • Skywriting by Word of Mouth
Skywriting by Word of Mouth
Subtitled "Lucy in the Scarf with Diabetics"
Up Yours
Puma Eats Coast Guard
Puma East Scapegoat
Spare Me the Agony of Your Birth Control
"Demented in Denmark"
"It Nearly Happened in Rome"
"A Paradox and a Matching Sweater, Please"
"The Air Hung Thick Like a Hustler's Prick"
"A Conspiracty of Silence Speaks Louder Than Words"
"Nobel Peace Prize Awarded to Killer Whale"
"The Art of Deception Is in the Eye of the Beholder"
"Be Were Worlf of Limitations," or..."The Spirit of Boogie Be Upon You"
"A Word in Your Orifice," or..."Bebe Seagull Bites Dust"
The Incredible Mediocre Rabbits
Europe on Five Camels a Day
"Death Is Switching Channels on TV"
Chapter 23 or 27: In Which a Harvard Graduate Faints at the Sight of Enlightenment
"Florence de Bortcha Has Nuptials"
Grueling Be Centennial Scatters Entrails
"A Reason for Breathing"
"Hang This Garlick [sic!] Round Your Neck and You'll Never Marry"
Experts Dance at Soc Hop Ball
The Importance of Being Erstwhile
"Never Cross a Horse with a Loose Woman"
The Life of Reilly, by Ella Scott Fizgeraldine
Chapter 41: A Complete Change of Pacemaker
Never Underestimate the Power of Attorney


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