This week’s Weekly Writing Challenge topic is “Starting Over”. The term “Starting Over” always brings to my mind the song by John Lennon (Just Like) Starting Over. It was released as a single on 24 October 1980 and reached number one in both the USA and UK two weeks after he was murdered. Many people have pointed out that his murder was even more poignant in light of this song in which he writes about wanting to embark upon a new beginning with Yoko Ono after some difficult years.
Why don’t we take off alone
Take a trip somewhere far, far away
We’ll be together all alone again
Like we used to in the early days
Well, well, well darling
In the UK the single had peaked at number 8 in the charts and had fallen to position number 21 before Lennon’s death propelled it to number one, making an unprecedented number 21 to number 1 move! (Although witty, all references to the song having been number 21 with a bullet will be left out of this post.)