1) he had to die it, the beetle; 2) he didhithim self"
- Finnegans Wake by James Joyce, 1939
The single "(Just Like) Starting Over" was released a month before John Lennon died. The corresponding music video opens in a room containing some of John's most valuable possessions: Rickenbacker guitars and a Vox amplifier, amongst scattered pictures from his past. The camera scans the scene and momentarily stops on a shelf containing the James Joyce book Finnegans Wake. It is obvious when viewing the video that John made a conscious decision to include the book. Ask any director - prominent props don't happen by accident. But why Finnegan's Wake?