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Plastic Ono Band: "Cold Turkey"
The Hook: Yoko Ono says it still makes her physically ill to hear John Lennon's version of The Heroin Diaries.
Album: Initially released only as a single, it finally appeared on the compilation Shaved Fish six years later.
Years: 1969 (single) and 1975 (on Shaved Fish)
Writer: John Lennon
Stats: Peaked at number-30 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Background: On September 25th, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded "Cold Turkey" with the Plastic Ono Band -- which at that time was Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Ringo Starr. It was the first song on which Lennon got a solo songwriting credit -- after Paul McCartney rejected its use by The Beatles. But there's some dispute as to whether he wrote the song as a result of coming down from heroin addiction or food poisoning. Yoko Ono implies that it was the former.
Yoko Ono on "Cold Turkey." OC:...feeling, you know. :21
"That was really like a diary. He had a very hard withdrawal and then, you know, he wrote this song. It's funny because certain songs make me feel sick even now. I mean, physically, just like whoop, you know? And that one, yes, it does make me go back to that sort of rolling on floor kind of feeling, you know?"
John Lennon - Cold Turkey Lyrics Temperature's rising, Fever is high, Can't see no future, Can't see no sky. My feet are so heavy, So is my head, I wish I was a baby, I wish I was dead. Cold turkey has got me on the run.