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Lester Bangs

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John Lennon at his best despised cheap sentiment and had to learn the hard way that once you've made your mark on history those who can't will be so grateful they'll turn it into a cage for you.
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"Thinking the Unthinkable About John Lennon" (1980-12-11), p. 299

 
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And inch my way along the ledge
I feel like God, I feel like shit
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The paradox, an even split
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