"Remember Love"
Single by Yoko Ono & Plastic Ono Band
A-side"Give Peace a Chance" (John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band)
Released4 July 1969 (UK)
7 July 1969 (US)
Recorded1 June 1969, Room 1742, Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
GenreFolk rock
Length4:01
LabelApple
Songwriter(s)Yoko Ono
Producer(s)
  • John Lennon
  • Yoko Ono

"Remember Love" is a song written by Yoko Ono and initially released as the b-side of John Lennon's and Ono's 1969 single "Give Peace a Chance."

Recording

Although the label to the single states that the song was recorded in England, it was actually recorded in Room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada in the early hours of the morning right after "Give Peace a Chance" was recorded.[1][2][3][4] André Perry, who served as the recording engineer recalled:

I spent four hours doing the B-side of the 45, which was called “Remember Love,” with Yoko Ono, and that was really a very sweet moment. I spent four hours with them, just the two of them and myself recording this, and she did a beautiful, beautiful version of it. She used to be knocked around as being not a great singer and, of course, she didn’t have the greatest voice in the world.[5]

Perry also stated that they started recording the song around 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning after the crowd that performed with Lennon and Ono on "Give Peace a Chance" had left.[6] Perry stated that "that was wonderful...just the three of us in the room. And at night, so that was much more personal."[6]

The room in which Lennon and Ono recorded "Remember Love" has remained a tourist draw ever since.[3]

Music and lyrics

"Remember Love" is in the key of D major.[7] Beatle biographer John Blaney describes "Remember Love" as a "gentle ballad."[1] Music professor Walter Everett describes the song as "folklike."[7] Music lecturers Ben Urish and Ken Bielen describe it as a "yearning number of pure nursery rhyme innocence and simplicity.[8] Music journalist John Kruth describes it as a "hypnotic lullaby" with "Zen-like lyrics" and a "simple, repetitive soul-soothing melody that gently assures the listener that everything is alright, at least for as long as the song lasts.[9]

Lennon plays acoustic guitar to accompany Ono's vocal.[6][8] Lennon plays in a style similar to that he used on the 1968 Beatles' songs "Julia" and "Dear Prudence."[6][7] Some of the guitar melody is similar to that of the Beatles' song "Sun King," which Lennon wrote around the same time.[1][10] According to music journalist Peter Doggett, Lennon learned to play guitar riffs like these from Donovan when they were both on a meditation trip in India.[10] Everett compares the coda to Fleetwood Mac's instrumental "Albatross," stating that it alternates between a dominant seventh chord on E and a major chord on D.[7]

The lyrics of "Remember Love" repeat the phrase "remember love" and in between state that "love is what it takes" to do various things such as live, see, fly or dream.[11]

Reception

Fab Four FAQ authors Stuart Shea and Robert Rodriguez describe it as "a charming little piece" and praise Lennon's "sympathetic production" which "enhanced the innocence of [Ono's] avowal."[12] Shea and Rodriguez further noted that the song "offered listeners a rather tranquil counterpoint to the A-side's rousing sing-along.[12]

Perry preferred "Remember Love" to "Give Peace a Chance."[4]

Re-release

"Remember Love" was re-released as a bonus track on the 1997 compact disc version of Lennon and Ono's Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins.[9][13]

References

  1. ^ a b c Blaney, J. (2007). Lennon and McCartney: Together Alone – A critical discography of their solo work. Jawbone Press. p. 17. ISBN 9781906002022.
  2. ^ Rogan, Johnny (2010). Lennon: the Albums. Calidore. ISBN 9780857124388.
  3. ^ a b Brodeur, Nicole (August 23, 2009). "Lennon's room a draw in Montreal". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. N5. Retrieved 2021-08-05 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b Brownstein, Bill (April 15, 2004). "All they were saying..." The Gazette. p. A4. Retrieved 2021-08-05 – via newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Tomcho, Sandy (June 10, 2009). "Andre Perry tells the story of 'Give Peace a Chance'". Gannett. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  6. ^ a b c d Spizer, Bruce (2005). The Beatles Solo on Apple Records. 498 Productions. p. 9. ISBN 0966264959.
  7. ^ a b c d Everett, Walter (1999). The Beatles as Musicians: Revolver through the Anthology. Oxford University Press. p. 239. ISBN 0195129415.
  8. ^ a b Urish, Ben & Bielen, Ken (2007). The Words and Music of John Lennon. Praeger. p. 10. ISBN 9780275991807.((cite book)): CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  9. ^ a b Kruth, John (2021). Hold On World: The Lasting Impact of John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s Plastic Ono Band, Fifty Years On. Backbeat. pp. 109–110. ISBN 9781493052363.
  10. ^ a b Doggett, Peter (2009). The Art And Music Of John Lennon. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857121264.
  11. ^ "Remember Love". johnlennon.com. Retrieved 2021-08-03.
  12. ^ a b Shea, Stuart & Rodriguez, Robert (2007). Fab Four FAQ. Hal Leonard. pp. 261–262. ISBN 9781423421382.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  13. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Unfinished Music, No. 1: Two Virgins [Bonus Track]". Allmusic. Retrieved 2021-08-03.