BY JOHN LENNON . . . OR NOT ?
By Bill Harry
March 8 , 2014
Here is a photo of me and Ray Ennis in Mathew Street last year. It was interesting to see this quote. It’s a line from John’s song ‘Beautiful Boy.’ However, he’s widely quoted in Beatles circles as the originator of the quote, which he isn’t. John used other people’s lines or quotes in several of his songs. The quote ‘”Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans” originally appeared in the Reader’s Digest in January 1957 in ‘Quotable Quotes’ and came from Allen Saunders, the originator of the quote. He was a writer and cartoonist. For decades afterwards the quote has appeared in numerous newspapers and magazines until John took it and used it in his song.
Robert Browning began his poem Rabbi Ben Ezra with the words “Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” John began his song ‘Grow Old With Me’ on the ‘Milk and Honey’ album with the words ‘Grow old with me, the best is yet to be.” Yet no one claims that quote is John’s.