Piece of wood featuring John Lennon’s lyrics to ‘Sexy Sadie’ up for auction

Photo: Photo: Live Auctioneers    A piece of wood with John Lennon’s original lyrics to  ‘Sexy Sadie’ is being sold at auction.
Lennon originally wrote the song  in 1968 to attack Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the guru who had introduced the Beatles  to Transcendental Meditation. Lennon felt the maharishi had behaved  inappropriately towards some of the women traveling with The Beatles and wanted to cash in on the band’s  endorsement.
As  The  Times reports, the song’s original lyrics opened with the line: “Maharishi  what have you done, you’ve made a fool of everyone,” causing a rift in the band.  George Harrison eventually persuaded Lennon to change the lyrics on the grounds  that the maharishi would sue for libel before its appearance on ‘The Beatles’  (aka ‘The White Album’).
The piece of wood with the original words  carved by Lennon, topped with the inscription “the private mind of John Lennon”,  was kept by Ringo Starr’s ex-wife Maureen Starkey before being acquired by a  collector.
The memento is expected to fetch £150,000 when it goes up  for auction later this month (September 23) at Fame Bureau. Ted Owen of the  auction house said: “It is a piece of wood that nearly broke up the Beatles.  John Lennon wanted to release the Maharishi version as a single but George  Harrison said, “no way” and Paul McCartney convinced them to keep the song but  change the lyrics.”

Source nme.com

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