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John Lennon 'nonsense' lyrics about parrots and pancakes fail to sell at auction

Saturday, March 01, 2014

As the genius behind songs like Imagine and Working Class Hero, John Lennon's lyrics are the stuff of legend. Even legends can have their off-days it seems, as a garbled bunch of lyrics by the Scouse singer have failed to sell at auction.

A "nonsense" list written by Lennon failed to raise even £6,000 at auction and given the content it comes as little surprise!Michael Poynter Adams has the original 1969 printer's proof of the list which has 26 letters and nonsensical phrases in the former Beatle's handwriting. It was expected to fetch at least £6,000 at the auction in Colwyn Bay, north Wales but bids failed to reach the £5,000 reserve price. In what is known as an abecedarium, the dyslexic Lennon wrote: "A is for Parrot, B is for glasses, C is for plastic, D is for Doris..." It ends with the rhyme: "This is my story both humble and true. Take it to pieces and mend it with glue." The list later became the introduction to a controversial set of 14 erotic lithographs of him and Yoko Ono called Bag One. Mr Adams, 69, from Anglesey, north Wales, who met Lennon while browsing for records in Liverpool in his pre-Beatles days, said: "I am selling it with great reluctance but it is not on display at home and we are moving to a smaller house, so it has to go.

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Source: The Mirror, UK

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