While Lennon was infamously anti-theism and loved poking fervent believers the wrongly with phrases like “more popular than Jesus,” he also made some very outrageous and irrational statements in his day.
For instance, after noticing a trend in his life concerning the number nine, John Lennon got steadily fascinated with destiny and felt that this numeric pattern had some otherworldly importance.
Lennon’s initial residence in Liverpool was 9 Newcastle Road, Wavertree, which had numerous distinct nine-letter words. ‘One After 909,’ one of The Beatles’ tracks utilizing the magical number, was penned here. “That was something I wrote when I was about seventeen. I lived at 9 Newcastle Road,” Lennon recalled to Playboy’s David Sheff.
“I was born on the ninth of October—the ninth month [in the Chinese calendar]. It’s just a number that follows me around, but numerologically, apparently, I’m a number six or a three or something, but it’s all part of nine.” Afterwards, after hearing the engineer’s test speech repeat, “Revolution 9,” Lennon composed The Beatles’ masterpiece ‘Revolution 9.’ “This is EMI test series number nine.” If you think this is a little eerie, just wait till you learn regarding his encounter with the extraterrestrial.
During his infamous “Lost Weekend” in 1974, an 18-month period defined by Lennon’s love interest with May Pang, a production coordinator who collaborated on Lennon and Yoko’s songs. After a period of marriage problems, Yoko and Lennon divorced, and Lennon had a brief romance with Pang. Eventually, Lennon would come back to Yoko and rue this phase in his life.
During this “Lost Weekend,” Lennon was so certain he have seen an extraterrestrial spaceship of some kind that he penned in the production notes to his 1974 record Walls and Bridges, “On the 23rd August 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a U.F.O.” – did you catch the time?
When interviewed by Interview magazine in Nov 1974, Lennon explained what he observed from the window while “just dreaming around in my usual poetic frame of mind.”
Lennon stated that he witnessed “a thing with ordinary electric light bulbs flashing on and off round the bottom, one non-blinking red light on top” approximately 100 feet distant, hovering above a nearby building.
For all of us who makes it challenging to believe that Area 51 houses an ocean of gelatinous Extraterrestrials wired to electrodes, Lennon’s encounter may be dismissed as a daydreaming imagination or delusion of some kind. However, Lennon’s then-girlfriend, Pang, apparently witnessed the unusual encounter, lending credence to the narrative.
“As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us,” Pang remembered. “It was shaped like a flattened cone, and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we’d see heading for a landing at Newark Airport. When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft – these were also flashing on and off. There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind.”