John Lennon's Fork in the Road
"The Lost Lennon Tapes"
Rolling Stone (Issue 1120/1121, Dec 23, 2010/Jan 6, 2011)
We just finished reading "The Lost Lennon Tapes" interview by Jonathan Cott in Rolling Stone (Issue 1120/1121, 12-23-10/1/6/11) and were somewhat stunned by Lennon's final words.
On December 8, 1980, John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York apartment building by a deranged fan. Three days before John Lennon was killed, Jonathan Cott spent hours interviewing him for a planned cover story. The complete interview was never been published as Cott tossed the tapes in his closet after the murder and forgot about them until cleaning one day recently.
Cott's final interview with John Lennon was a nine-hour discussion that took place three days before he died. Lennon explains why he didn't record for five years, describes his weakness as a child and more. We strongly encourage you to read in its entirety.
At the very conclusion of the interview, Lennon's penultimate words spoken on the record were as follows:
LENNON: "Sometimes you wonder, I mean really wonder.
I know we make our own reality, and we always have a choice, but how much is preordained? Is there always a fork in the road, and are there two preordained paths that are equally preordained? There could be hundreds of paths where one could go this way or that way -- there's a chance, and it's very strange sometimes."
Eerie given that this interview took place in 1980 and was never published before. Neil Young's album Fork in the Road was released in 2009 and contains many similar themes about choice and paths. And -- of course -- there is the track "No Hidden Path" which touches on spirituality and choice, as well.
We realize that the phrase "Fork in the Road" is quite common and that this is all purely coincidental. Nonetheless, the coincidental connections between John Lennon and Neil Young are quite fascinating.