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Unseen Lennon lyrics go on show

John Lennon
John Lennon may have written the lyrics in 1966, experts say

Previously unpublished lyrics written by John Lennon about 40 years ago have gone on display for the first time.

The lyrics, written on a postcard, form part of an exhibition at The Beatles Story in Liverpool put together by his first wife, Cynthia, and son, Julian.

They appear to refer to the romantic pursuit of a woman and experts say they might have been written in 1966 - the year Lennon first met Yoko Ono.

The words, written on a postcard, are part of Julian Lennon's collection.

Lennon's eldest son bought the lyrics at an auction of memorabilia at Sotheby's more than 10 years ago.

Lennon's unseen lyrics
Little girl I've come to stay,
And this time I just have to say,
I love you.

If she turns you down and you're rejected,
Try again the best you can,
Call to see her when you're least expected,
Tell her now she'll understand.

He has not disclosed how much he paid for the item, but hinted that he could write some music to the words in the future.

"I don't believe the lyrics have been used anywhere," he said.

"If the time was right, if it felt right, then I would consider looking at the lyrics and maybe trying to work with them and write something.

"But obviously only in honour of Dad. I guess in some respect it would be like coming home."

Mystery surrounds the lyrics and Beatles experts have only guessed at when they were written.

Beatles Story curator Ann Darby said: "When the lyrics came up for auction over ten years ago, the auctioneers Sotheby's estimated they were written in 1966.

Julian and John Lennon
The exhibition also features previously unseen family photos

"This seems to be based on the fact that some of the lyrics are written on a note sent to George Harrison by some Japanese fans.

"The Beatles played in Japan that year but this could of course be a coincidence."

Lennon also wrote many of the songs that would later appear on the Revolver album in 1966.

A home studio built at his home in Weybridge meant he often recorded demos and song fragments.

Many of them have been uncovered over the years but there is no evidence he ever set the unpublished lyrics to music, a spokesman for the exhibition said.

The exhibition White Feather: The Spirit of Lennon is described as a moving portrayal of life with a music legend.

It also features other items of Beatles memorabilia, previously unseen family photographs and interviews with Julian and Cynthia Lennon.

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