Lennon Scrawled 'Only Sleeping' Lyrics On Overdue Bill

In the Beatles song "I'm Only Sleeping," John Lennon professes his love for lying around in bed. Apparently he was too tired to pay some of his bills. Lennon wrote the first draft of that song on the back of a letter demanding payment for his car phone. That bill and the lyrics is being auctioned off next month. Also for sale: the coffee table they were written on.

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(Soundbite of song, "I'm Only Sleeping)

Mr. JOHN LENNON (Singer/songwriter, The Beatles): (Singing) I'm only sleeping.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. Im Renee Montagne.

In the Beatles song "I'm Only Sleeping," John Lennon tells us how much he loves lying around in bed. Apparently he was too tired to pay some of his bills. Lennon wrote the first draft of the song on the back of a letter demanding payment for a '60s version of a car phone. That paper - lyrics and bill - is being auctioned off next month. You can also buy the coffee table those lyrics were written on.

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