Fly (Yoko Ono album)

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Yoko Ono Fly.jpg
Studio album by Yoko Ono
Released 20 September 1971 (1971-09-20)
Recorded 1970–71
Length 94:52
Label Apple
Yoko Ono chronology
Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band
(1970)Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band1970
Some Time in New York City
(1972)Some Time in New York City1972
Singles from Fly
  1. "Mrs. Lennon"
    Released: 29 September 1971
  2. "Mind Train"
    Released: 21 January 1972

Fly is the second album by Yoko Ono, produced by her and John Lennon, and released in 1971. It was a complete avant-garde/Fluxus package in a gatefold sleeve that came with a full-size poster and a postcard to order Ono's book Grapefruit. Notable songs include the singles "Midsummer New York" and "Mrs. Lennon", "Hirake" aka "Open Your Box" and "Don't Worry, Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)", dedicated to Ono's daughter Kyoko Cox. "Airmale" is the soundtrack to Lennon's film Erection, showing a building being erected in time lapsed photography,[1] while "Fly" is the soundtrack to Ono's film Fly.


The album was recorded around the same time as Lennon's Imagine.[1] Ono had to re-record her vocals on "Open Your Box", on 4 March 1971 at Abbey Road Studios, after a managing director of EMI called the lyrics "distasteful";[1] The song featured a line that went "Open your trousers, open your skirt, open your legs and open your thighs".[1] "Trousers", "skirt", "legs", and "thighs" were changed to "houses", "church", "lakes", and "eyes".[1] Lennon and Ono didn't complain about the change of words, and only "wanted to get the record out", as a spokesman said.[1]

"Will You Touch Me" was first recorded during the Fly sessions sometime in November 1971, later ending up on 1981's Season of Glass. The original version ended up on the Rykodisc reissue of Fly in 1998.[1]

Each edition of the US, UK and Japanese albums utilized that country's distinctive telephone ring in the track "Telephone Piece" (i.e. each edition of the album used entirely different recordings) - the Rykodisc CD edition used the US variation.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone (not rated) [3]

Fly peaked at number 199 in the Billboard charts. On 1 February 1972, Lennon and Ono Lennon performed "Midsummer New York" backed by Elephant's Memory for an episode of The Mike Douglas Show, which aired on 15 February.[1]

The album is set to be reissued by Secretly Canadian on Vinyl, CD, and for digital download on July 14, 2017.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Yoko Ono.

Disc one

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Midsummer New York" 3:50
2. "Mind Train" 16:52
Side two
No. Title Length
3. "Mind Holes" 2:45
4. "Don't Worry Kyoko" 4:55
5. "Mrs. Lennon" 4:10
6. "Hirake" 3:32
7. "Toilet Piece/Unknown" 0:30
8. "O'Wind (Body Is the Scar of Your Mind)" 5:22

Disc two

Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Airmale" 10:40
2. "Don't Count the Waves" 5:26
3. "You" 9:00
Side four
No. Title Length
4. "Fly" 22:53
5. "Telephone Piece" 1:01
Reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
6. "Between the Takes" 1:58
7. "Will You Touch Me" 2:45


  • "Mrs. Lennon"/"Midsummer New York" (7") (Did not chart)
  • "Mind Train" (Edit)/"Listen, The Snow Is Falling" (7") (Did not chart)



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  2. ^ Fly at AllMusic
  3. ^ Ferris, Tim (9 December 1971). "Fly | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 October 2012.