Mystery surrounding lost John Lennon lyrics

Unknown lyrics are on show at Lennon Liverpool exhibition

When Beatlemania was at its height, John Lennon was already a husband and father, but left his wife Cynthia for Yoko Ono in 1968. Pic: David Redfern
A rare set of lyrics thought to have been written by John Lennon while he was in The Beatles have gone on public display in Liverpool.

The lyrics, which you can read by scrolling down, have baffled Beatles fans, who are unable to fathom when they were written.

They are on show as part of Lennon's first wife Cynthia and son Julian's White Feather: The Spirit of Lennon exhibition, which has been created in conjunction with the Beatles Story attraction.

The lyrics read: "Little girl I've come to stay/And this time I just have to say/ I love you/If she turns you down and you're rejected/Try again the best you can/Call to see her when you're least expected/Tell her now she'll understand."

Beatles Story curator Ann Darby believed that the lyrics could date from around 1966.

"When the lyrics came up for auction over ten years ago, the auctioneers Sotheby's estimated they were written in 1966," he said. "This seems to be based on the fact that some of the lyrics are written on a note sent to George Harrison by some Japanese fans. The Beatles played in Japan that year, but this could of course be a coincidence."

Julian Lennon has also given his view on his father's mysterious lyrics, hinting that he may try to use them in one of his own songs in the future.

"I don't believe the lyrics have been used anywhere," he explained. "If the time was right, if it felt right, then I would consider looking at the lyrics and maybe trying to work with them and write something. But obviously only in honour of Dad. I guess in some respect it would be like coming home."

White Feather: The Spirit of Lennon takes place at Liverpool's Pier Head until December 31.

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