Milk & Honey- 
A Heart Play
Happy Valentine's Day, 2001

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Photo Copyright Kishin Shinoyama
From Cover of "Milk & Honey"

 

Yoko released "Milk & Honey: A Heart Play" in 1983.  On the inside front cover, she had printed the words to four love poems. She explained in the liner notes:

"One early morning in the summer of 1980, I woke up with 'Let Me Count The Ways' ringing in my head. I called John who was then in Bermuda and played it over the phone. 'How d'you like it?'  'I really like it. It's beautiful.'  'How about you writing one with a Robert Browning line and we'll have portraits of us as Elizabeth and Robert on the cover?'

John called me that afternoon 'Hey, you won't believe this!' He explained that he was watching the TV, a fifties film of a baseball player. In the film, John saw the girlfriend send a poem to her baseball player, a poem which was one by Robert Browning called 'Grow Old Beside Me.' 'Can you believe that?..so anyway, this is my version.'  John proudly played his song over the phone.  That's how our two songs happened."



ROBERT BROWNING

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in his hand
Who saith 'a whole I planned,
Youth shows but half: trust God: see all nor be afraid!


ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of being and ideal grace,
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, asmen strive for right:
I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.
I love thee with the passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - And, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.


JOHN LENNON

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love.

(C)1982, 1984 Ono Music


YOKO ONO

Let me count the ways how I love you
It's like that gentle wind you feel at dawn
It's like that first sun that hits the dew
It's like that cloud with a gold lining telling us softly
That it'll be a good day, a good day for us
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

(C)1982, 1984 Ono Music