with the B-side ‘Yang Yang’.
(From the album Approximately Infinite Universe)
so I could hide my eyes that day
Was a snowy day
the shades have seen a lot of things I didn’t want to know myselfWas like an accident, part of growing up
people tell me
But something inside me, something inside me died that day
The A-side was a 3:46 edit, which was 6:22 on the LP.
“John came back in from the back room, and said I don’t want to hear this. It’s too painful. So we stopped. But the song went on the album. He didn’t want to mess with it. After he passed away, many fans wrote to me saying “Yoko, read this, you were writing about the vigil!” It was eerie. I was writing the song in 1972 about a vigil that actually happened in 1980!” – Yoko
On the B-Side, ‘Yang Yang’, Yoko used a chord progression that was prohibited by the Church in the Middle Ages, as these were believed to be the Devil’s chords.
Watch Yoko perform ‘Death of Samantha’ live with the Elephant’s Memory Band on the TV show Flipside.
‘Death of Samantha’
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