A recent trend on TikTok activated our daddy issues in a way that not even those of The Neighborhood were able to, since thousands of users of said social network have uploaded videos where They tell us those beautiful things that their parents did and which avoided any trauma.

As you have probably noticed, the clips in question have a background song that says “The monster’s gone, he’s on the run and your daddy’s here. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful, beautiful boy”which many do not know but John Lennon created it.

The English musician’s song is popular for many reasons: the first is that said song was included in the album Double Fantasy that Lennon made with his wife, Yoko Ono, the same one that he published in November of the year 1980; a month before his murder.

The second is for the appearance of “Beautiful Boy” on the tape of the same name Directed by Felix Van Groeningen and starring Timothée Chalamet and Steve Carell, which talks about a father watching his son recover from a methamphetamine addiction.

Timothée Chalamet stars in the drama ‘Beautiful Boy’.

John Lennon wrote the song to express his love for his son Sean

The third is precisely the reason that led John Lennon to write this song that contains one of the musician’s best-known phrases: “Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans”. Yes, we are talking about his son Sean Lennon.

“Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)” is a melody where a father expresses his most beautiful feelings towards his son (we also want to live that dream) and where John Lennon comforts his little one after this one has a nightmare.

"Beautiful Boy": The emotional (and controversial) story of the song that John Lennon wrote to his son
Photo: Yoko Ono (Twitter)

And they criticized him for not doing the same with his son Julian Lennon

Lennon began writing the song in 1979, strongly inspired by his son whose photo was in the recording studio all the time. And it is that the English musician wanted to feel that his little boy was with him all the time and also, to give him something Sean could remember his love with.

Despite the beautiful context behind the song, John Lennon was heavily criticized for this piece of musicas many of his followers considered it unfair that the famous singer wrote a song for Sean but not one for his first son, Julian Lennon.

"Beautiful Boy": The emotional (and controversial) story of the song that John Lennon wrote to his son
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John Lennon was an absentee father with his first child

In the year of 1963 Lennon had his son Julian with his then wife Cynthia Lennon. Unlike Sean, Julian was not so close to his father thanks to the fact that in those years the so-called ‘beatlemania’ was at its peak and Lennon spent his time working with the ‘Liverpool quartet’.

Also, Testimonies close to the musician affirmed that John Lennon was an absent father and also abusivebecause he beat Julian and also cheated and used domestic violence against his wife, with whom he was when he began an “affair” with Yoko Ono.

"Beautiful Boy": The emotional (and controversial) story of the song that John Lennon wrote to his son
Photo: Cummings Archives/Redferns

With Sean he did not want to repeat the same mistakes and wrote “Beautiful Boy” for him.

To when Sean was born, in 1975, things were different: John Lennon was with Yoko Ono, with whom he tried to have a normal life away from the rockstar life that he witnessed for many years. So, they say, the musician wanted to be a present father and not repeat the same mistakes.

Ironically Julian Lennon also had his own songalthough the author was not exactly his father but the very Paul MCCARTNEYbassist of what is also known as the ‘fab four’ and with whom the little boy lived a lot during his childhood.

In the end, Julian Lennon was also written a (very successful) song

“We had a great friendship and it seems that there are many more photos of me and Paul playing together at that age than there are photos of me and dad”indicated Julian Lennon during an interview he gave in 2002, where he recalled the close relationship he had with Sir Paul, who wrote “Hey Jude” for Julian.

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McCartney’s intention was to give Julian some comfort during his parents’ divorce. The original title was “Hey Jules”, but it was later changed to “Hey Jude”. Ultimately it became one of the Beatles’ biggest hits and the rest is history…

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