Yoko Ono * WALKING ON THIN ICE ( for John ) * Original 45rpm with Picture Sleeve 1981 in Pristine New Condition. "Walking on Thin Ice" is a song by Yoko Ono, released in 1981. She and John Lennon concluded the recording of the song on December 8, 1980. It was upon their return from the recording studio to The Dakota (their home in New York City) that Lennon was murdered by a deranged fan. John had stayed up all night the preceding weekend listening to a preliminary mix of the song, and passed away clutching a final mix of it in his hands. Lennon's lead guitarwork on the track, which he had recorded that day, and praised by many as the most fascinating of his career, was thus his final creative act. At the end of January 1981, "Walking on Thin Ice" was released as a single and became Ono's first chart success, peaking at No. 58 and gaining major underground airplay. The single was released in February 1981 in the UK and reached number 35 on the chart.The lyrics talk of the unpredictability of life and death -- of "throwing the dice in the air" -- and reach the conclusion, "when our hearts return to ashes, it will be just a story....". With the world in shock, a new poignancy was added to the already haunting yet highly danceable track."It Happened" was selected as the B-side to the 1981 single - a slower, mellow track about acceptance from Ono's vaults that was originally recorded for A Story and had already seen limited release in Japan as the B-side to "Yume O Moto". Much like the A-side, the lyrics have a new haunting quality given Lennon's assassination: "It happened at a time of my life/When I least expected... And I know there's no return, no way". In the essay on the back of the single, Ono talks about how Lennon picked out this track from her old tapes and marked it as a hit. She said "No way!" to which he responded "I'll make it a hit". He was killed hours later. This Original 45rpm is the First Pressing Original U.S. Release on Geffen / Warner Brothers Records : GEF 49683 with Original Picture Sleeve in Pristine Mint Like New Condition. The Vinyl is pristine new condition and has never been played. Great Yoko Ono / John Lennon / Beatles Collectible , as well as genuine piece of Music History. Check this site to learn more about the impact of this Yoko Ono song : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_on_Thin_Ice . Email with any questions before purchasing if you are unsure about something. We ONLY accept Money Orders , Cashiers Checks or U.S. Cash as payment ( we do NOT accept personal checks or online payment at all). Please email about local pick-up , we are located in NYC in Times Square. All International Customers MUST email us before purchasing this item.