I Just Shot John Lennon - The Cranberries
This is one of the songs created to commemorate that fateful night of December 8, 1980 when John Lennon was killed outside his New York City apartment.
It was the fearful night of December 8th. He was returning home from the studio late. He had perceptively known that it wouldn’t be nice. Because in 1980, he paid the price.
John Lennon died.
With a Smith & Wesson 38, John Lennon’s life was no longer a debate. He should have stayed at home, He should have never cared, And the man who took his life declared,
He said I just shot John Lennon. He said I just shot John Lennon.
What a sad and sorry and sickening sight. What a sad and sorry and sickening night. What a sad and sorry and sickening sight. What a sad and sorry and sickening night.
This is a song from The Cranberries’ album To the Faithful Departed. It is a narrative of the events of the night of December 8, 1980, the night that musician John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of The Dakota in New York City. It is one of many tributes to Lennon, and also one of many other songs to recall the events of the night. After the narrative, there is commentary: “What a sad, and sorry and sickening sight”.
John’s Last Photograph. Chapman silently handed Lennon a copy of Double Fantasy, and Lennon obliged with an autograph. After signing the album, Lennon asked him, “Is this all you want?” Chapman smiled and nodded in agreement. Photographer and Lennon fan Paul Goresh took a photo of the encounter six hours before John’s death.
The title of the song comes from the words said by Chapman that evening. After being asked, “Do you know what you’ve done?” Chapman calmly replied, “I just shot John Lennon”.
What an asshole, eh?
You may have gone but your music and your legacy will live forever. Thank you John Winston Lennon.