If you believe John Lennon, “one of the fuckin’ best rock’n’roll records ever made” was recorded today. That would be “Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow)” by the Plastic Ono Band. John was biased — he produced it and played on it, though the featured instrument throughout is Yoko Ono’s voice (one hesitates to call it “singing”).

If you have a strong aversion to Yoko’s wailing, you’re not likely to make it five seconds into “Don’t Worry Kyoko.” This is understandable; even the generous-minded will tend to wince at those opening bars. It does, nonetheless, have a certain hypnotic power, with Lennon and Eric Clapton’s guitars, Ringo’s drums, and Klaus Voormann’s bass all locked into a deathmarch toward some kind of sonic apocalypse.

Kyoko, of course, is Yoko’s daughter with ex-husband Tony Cox. Wikipedia has this to say on the topic:

Ono and Cox divorced on February 2, 1969, and she married John Lennon later that same year. In the midst of a 1971 custody battle, Cox disappeared with their eight-year-old daughter. He won custody after successfully claiming that Ono was an unfit mother due to her drug use. Ono’s ex-husband changed Kyoko’s name to “Ruth Holman” and subsequently raised the girl in an organization known as the Church of the Living Word (or “the Walk”). Ono and Lennon searched for Kyoko for years, but to no avail. She finally saw Kyoko again many years later.

Kyoko now goes by Kyoko Chan Cox, and keeps an admirably low internet profile. Good for her.

As for why Yoko would be looking for her hand in the snow, I couldn’t say. Maybe it’s a dream that she had? The question has never been addressed anywhere that I could find. And we’ve now reached the limit of my interest in the topic, so ta-ta for now.