It’s no secret that John Lennon felt connected to the number 9. He was born on the 9th (in October). His childhood home was at 9 Newcastle Road. He made this drawing of a footballer whose uniform number is 9. This artwork would later be featured on his album “Walls and Bridges”
First Beatles appearance on Ed Sullivan February 9, 1964.
John met Yoko on November 9, 1966
Sean was born on October 9, 1975
The names of John Ono Lennon and Yoko Ono Lennon have a combined 9 o’s in it…okay, that one is a stupid fact.
As John said, “it’s just a number that follows me around, but, numerologically, apparently I am number six or three or something, but it’s all part of nine.”
And now, John is featured on my 901st post. In honor of this fact and that sadly John would have been only 74 this month, I give you the John Lennon “9” songs.
The Beatles “One After 929″
McCartney said, “It’s not a great song but it’s a great favourite of mine because it has great memories for me of John and I trying to write a bluesy freight-train song. There were a lot of those songs at the time, like ‘Midnight Special’, ‘Freight Train’, ‘Rock Island Line’, so this was the ‘One After 909′; she didn’t get the 909, she got the one after it.”
John Lennon “#9 Dream”
The phrase repeated in the chorus, “Ah! böwakawa poussé, poussé”, came to Lennon in a dream and has no specific meaning.
The song, coincidentally peaked at #9 on the Billboard charts.
And of course there’s The Beatles infamous “Revolution 9″
This is John Lennon in a 1970 Rolling Stone interview:
“Revolution 9 was an unconscious picture of what I actually think will happen when it happens; just like a drawing of a revolution. All the thing was made with loops. I had about 30 loops going, fed them onto one basic track. I was getting classical tapes, going upstairs and chopping them up, making it backwards and things like that, to get the sound effects. One thing was an engineer’s testing voice saying, “This is EMI test series number nine.” I just cut up whatever he said and I’d number nine it. Nine turned out to be my birthday and my lucky number and everything. I didn’t realise it: it was just so funny the voice saying, “number nine”; it was like a joke, bringing number nine into it all the time, that’s all it was.”