Yoko Songs: Walking on Thin Ice – January 1981
By Madeline Bocaro ©
John absolutely loved this track, recorded in 1980 during the Double Fantasy sessions. Just hours before he was murdered he played it repeatedly, predicting that it would be Yoko’s first No. 1 hit. In fact, a clip of him saying this is included at the start of the song in the Onobox collection (1992). Yoko completed and released the song just one month after John’s death. She didn’t think it would, but his prediction came true in 2013 when a CD of ‘Walking on Thin Ice’ remixes became Yoko’s 11th No. 1 single on Billboard’sHot Dance Club Play chart.
On the groundbreaking original version, John and Earl Slick provide scathing guitar lines to this chilling, brittle song about risk, repercussion, fragility, life and death. One day later, the unnerving lyrics became a sad reality.
Yoko’s vocals on this song eventually inspired countless artists in many genres. This very beautiful version is a remixed vocal/string arrangement. Yoko released this stunning new video for the song on her birthday in 2016:
ONO/Tenaglia – ‘Walking On Thin Ice’ (Maestro Version) – Yes, I’m a Witch Too 2016
Walking on thin ice
I’m paying the price
For throwing the dice in the air…
I gave you my knife
You gave me my life
Like a gush of wind in my hair
Why do we forget what’s been said
And play the game of life with our hearts?
I may cry some day
But the tears will dry whichever way
And when our hearts return to ashes
It’ll be just a story