John Lydon Writes A Song Inspired By His Wife’s Illness

After saying goodbye to his Johnny Rotten era with the Sex Pistols, John Lydon moved on to his post-punk band Public Image Ltd. Despite the lineup changes over the years, the band has been making music in the industry for 45 years which is no small feat for a frontman with strong opinions. Just recently, the band announced that they would be competing to represent Ireland at the 67th annual Eurovision Song Contest. With which song? Let’s get into the details.

PiL has submitted its new emotional track ‘Hawaii’ for the annual song contest. The track is more personal than any other song the band has released, as it is a love letter to Lydon’s wife, Nora, who is battling with Alzheimer’s. The track is “a pensive, personal yet universal love song that will resonate with many.”

The frontman shared his intention behind the piece in a statement. He said, “It is dedicated to everyone going through tough times on the journey of life with the person they care for the most. It’s also a message of hope that ultimately love conquers all.”

The singer had also spoken about his wife’s diagnosis on ITV’s Good Morning Britain in 2021, where he had said, “For me, it’s a journey I have to travel, and I’m not going to abandon her.” It seems like the track is meant to portray Lydon’s challenging journey and the emotions that come with his role as a carer.

The band will perform ‘Hawaii’ on February 3 when the competition is hosted on Ireland’s The Late Late Show. PiL and the five other contestants will have a face-off, and if you want to see Lydon’s performance of the emotional track, don’t forget to tune in.