10 hours ago
Friday, July 29, 2005
The above lyrics for "All You Need Is Love" were in the process of being sold off by music auctioneer Cooper Owen in London last night (no word yet on the final bidder). The Washington Post quotes that company's director, Ted Owen, who calls it "the Holy Grail of Beatles lyrics. It's probably one of the few remaining Beatles lyrics in private collectors' hands and one of the most important musical manuscripts in existence. It was the anthem of the peace movement ... the anthem of 1967."
Hey man, is that Freedom Rock? Well turn it up, dude!
And just like Freedom Rock, the lyrics for peace, love, and happiness do cost money. And not $19.95 plus shipping and handling, either. To be specific, the lyrics are estimated to be worth between $870,000 and $1 million.
Ironic, isn't it?
And yet the part that bothers me is not so much the value (or overvalue), but rather Owen's statement that it is "the Holy Grail of Beatles lyrics." Personally, I'd rank them below the lyrics for "Eleanor Rigby" and "Things We Said Today" at the very least.
Besides that, there were much more interesting objects at auction last night. If I were a rich man (and kept my money in a big brown bag inside a zoo), I'd have spent it all on the Vox Continental organ Lennon played at Shea Stadium. (And if it actually works, I'd call over Billy Preston for a jam session, assuming Billy is still alive.)