Yoko Ono has penned an open letter to English rock band Elbow praising them for using her name in their song New York Morning.

The track is featured on their new album The Take Off And Landing Of Everything and the lyrics read: "Oh, my giddy aunt, New York can talk, It's the modern Rome and folk are nice to Yoko."

Ono has now responded to the name drop, writing, "Dear Guy, Craig, Mark, Pete and Richard, Yes. New York has been kind to me as your song says. Thank you. For John (Lennon), he always wanted to come and live in this city, ever since he saw Bob Dylan on the famous album cover (The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan). And I played the catalyst to make his dream come true.

"But in sleepless nights, I am still living in the memory of my sweet husband, who was virtually kicked out of his own country that he loved so dearly and learned to live in this bleak port city just so his woman and he could live in peace. Two sides of the coin. Life is. Have a great time in New York. We loved it. Love, Yoko."