Barenaked Ladies

Be My Yoko Ono

Composed by Steven Page / Ed Robertson

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"Be My Yoko Ono" is probably the song that most firmly set the Barenaked Ladies' early and fairly undeserved reputation as smirky goofballs. On the surface, the tongue-in-cheek lyrics and the folky, conga-driven acoustic arrangement suggest smarmy hipsterism. Underneath, however, lead singer Stephen Page's lyrics are actually an endearingly shy entreaty to a potential girlfriend, caged in terms that self-deflatingly compare himself to one of pop music's foremost geniuses. (A similar strain of self-deprecating humor informs the slightly more serious "Brian Wilson" from the same album.) The arrangement is possibly slightly too glib, with its sarcastic imitation of Yoko Ono's unique vocal style in the bridge, but as a whole, "Be My Yoko Ono" is silly, fun, and sweetly lighthearted.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1990 Sire / Warner Bros. 2:45
Gordon 1992 London / Rhino 2:45
One Week 1998 WEA International
Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits (1991-2001) 2001 Reprise / Warner Bros. 2:44
Barelaked Nadies 2002 Warner Bros.
The Barenaked Truth [DVD] 2005 Casablanca
The Studio Album Collection 1992-2003 2015 Rhino / Warner Bros.