Hearing John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy" For The First Time


I remember hearing this song for the first time. I was six, and the memory is vivid. Like I could reach out and touch it.

We were listening to "Beautiful Boy" on the stereo downstairs. We had a two-story house, with a finished basement where we played every day as kids.

Dad told me how much he liked John Lennon, and showed me the record sleeve. It had Yoko on the cover kissing John.

He sang to me, "Close your eyes/Have no fear/The monster's gone/He's on the run and your daddy's here."

I remember him singing this when he put me to bed as well. Sometimes he would close my eyelids, gently rubbing my face until I slept. I do this now to my daughter Abby.

Besides being a beautiful song, it's a gorgeous memory, albeit a painful one.

Times were good. We were a family. All five of us together, happy.

This was before the Willow house flooded. We lost everything; and never quite got it back.

Mom and dad got a divorce. Dad remarried. Mom got sick.

That family was never as picturesque as they once were during that moment when I first heard Lennon sing "Beautiful Boy."

"Life is what happens to you, while you're busy making other plans": John Lennon - Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)

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