Julian Lennon

Help Yourself

J. Lennon/J. McCurry

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Julian Lennon"I believe it's absolutely true that if you want to get on in life then you really do have to help yourself and to push forward. John McCurry and I sat around thinking, 'Well, where are we going to go with this' and I'd already had part of the music there and then John came in and said, 'Alright, try this' and it was a back and forth thing and we didn't have any lyrics and John again had to, like everybody else I write with, had to disappear back to New York and I sat around writing and he'd sort of mentioned a couple of ideas and it came together in about two days. This was at a period where we'd pretty much finished the album and I asked Bob to come around because I thought we had something special here and I put the headphones on his head and said, 'Have a listen to this' and he knew I was completely nervous about this because John McCurry and I really liked this song and he knew I was particularly nervous about him listening to it for the first time and so I sat opposite him in the room and throughout the song he would be leaning forward shaking his head from side to side as if to say, 'What the hell is this? This is terrible' and so Iím going, 'Oh my God. This isn't going to go anywhere. How am I going to beat him on this one?' and he took the headphones off and he said, 'Listen, I'm only kidding. It's great. Let's go and take it in the studio and work on it' and that was that and everybody was happy after that."  
- Julian Lennon on "Help Yourself"

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The Lyrics

If you take a ride on a plane or a train
You know you're going somewhere
but is it in vain
Oh tell me
Please tell me

Catch a staring glance at the man on the ground
Do you think his life has been lost or found
Please tell me
Oh tell me

Is anybody out there
Can you find it in your heart to care
Do you find it the same

In your life, you must help yourself
If you don't
There will be no one else
You've got to save yourself, you know, you know

If you want the apple of your eye
You've gotta make a move
Give it one more try
Then savor the flavor

Got to get up, got to feel the day
Make a strong move
Make it all go your way
Baby, not just maybe

Is anybody out there
can you find it in your heart to care
Do you find it the same

In your life, you must help yourself
If you don't
There will be no one else
You've got to save yourself, you know, you know