I suppose I am missing the point to some extent. I never take into account that John was doing his goofy primal scream therapy and I guess he's written these songs in accordance to that. It makes more sense in that fact, but I cant agree with the theory behind it all. Was it Yoko who convinced John to attend these sessions? I ask, because if John went on his own dime then he was still feeling emotionally screwed up about his childhood. I guess i'm speaking for myself, but if my mother and father didnt want me, then f*** them. I wouldnt sit around moping about it for the rest of my life.
Maybe I just need to read up on the whole album again as its been years and I havent had much interest in it. Its just not a good listen for me. Its the exact opposite actually, but thats what he was shooting for in the end right?
you have to try to put yourself in his position, Im sure he said 'f*** them' to himself many many times, but in the end that doesnt fulfill you and it doesnt get rid of the well of anger deep inside, he therefore became a bad boy, a sort of thug, his anger was manifesting itself in terms of an angry young man, who 'didnt give a f***' about anything except rock n roll..........its a classic case of Freudian theory.
Johns anger though, manifested itself into him wanting to be a teddy boy and a leather clad Elvis who cosy middle class parents didnt like and teachers hated.......and I honestly think without this anger and angst, there may not have been any Quarrymen or Beatles.
Full marks to John imo for 'doing' Primal Therapy and realizing that thugism and anger is not the way to live, I think it did him good, I think it made him a better person.
Yes the album is self obsessed, but its supposed to be.