Yoko Ono thanks Elbow for new song ‘New York Morning’ in open letter

Singer and artist is namechecked by Manchester band in new song

Yoko Ono has written to Elbow after the band namechecked her in their new song ‘New York Morning.’

Lead singer Guy Garvey sings, “Oh, my giddy aunt, New York can talk, It’s the modern Rome and folk are nice to Yoko,” on the song. It features on the band’s new album, ‘The Take Off And Landing Of Everything’. Scroll down to hear the song in full now.

Ono has reached out to the band in an open letter published on her official website after hearing the song. In it, she thanks them for the namecheck and discusses her and John Lennon’s relationship with the US city.


Ono writes:

“Dear Guy, Craig, Mark, Pete and Richard,

Yes. New York has been kind to me as your song says. Thank you.

For John, he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover (The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan). And I played the catalyst to make his dream come true.

But in sleepless nights, I am still living in the memory of my sweet husband, who was virtually kicked out of his own country that he loved so dearly and learned to live in this bleak port city just so his woman and he could live in peace.

Two sides of the coin. Life is.


Have a great time in New York.
We loved it.



Elbow embark on an eight-date arena tour following the album’s release in April. They will play:

Birmingham LG Arena (April 5)
Glasgow The Hydro (6)
Cardiff Motorpoint Arena (8)
Manchester Phones 4 U Arena (9)
Leeds First Direct Arena (11)
Liverpool Echo Arena (12)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (14)
London The O2 (16)

To check the availability of Elbow tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now.

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