The Story Behind The Song: ‘Instant Karma!’, John Lennon’s one-day wonder

There are a plethora of songs that John Lennon can hang his creative hat on. From his work with The Beatles to his enigmatic solo work, ‘Instant Karma!’ provides the perfect bridge between the icon’s career islands.

The song was written and recorded in one day, January 27th, 1970, and released just 10 days later, with John Lennon once boasting that he “wrote it for breakfast, recorded it for lunch and we’re putting it out for dinner.”

While that is a slight exaggeration, ‘Instant Karma!’ was one of the most hastily put together songs John Lennon ever wrote. The singer and songwriter’s choice to put out the track so quickly would have some huge implications for the rest of The Beatles and quickly put Lennon out into the public as a solo artist before the confirmation of the band’s split had been announced.

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