Mind Games" is a song written by John Lennon, released as a single in 1973 on Apple Records, catalogue Apple 1868 in the United States and Apple R5994 in the United Kingdom. It peaked at number 18 on the [2 ] and number 26 on the Billboard Hot 100 British singles chart. It also peaked at number 10 on the [2 ] Top 100. Cashbox It was the [3 ] lead single for the album of the same name in the US, but released the same day as the album in the UK. Single was certificated gold in the US in 1974.
In Canada, "Mind Games" peaked at number 10. It is ranked as the 99th biggest Canadian hit of 1973.
Background [ edit ]
This song, which was begun in 1969 and can be heard in the Beatles'
Let It Be sessions, was originally titled "Make Love, Not War", a popular [2 ] hippie slogan at that time. Another song, "I Promise", contains the melody that would later be featured on "Mind Games". [5 ] The original Lennon demos for "Make Love, Not War" and "I Promise", recorded in 1970, are available on the [2 ] . John Lennon Anthology [2 ] Lennon finished writing the song after reading the book [5 ] Mind Games: The Guide to Inner Space by Robert Masters and Jean Houston (1972). [6 ] Lennon later encountered Masters in a restaurant and told him, "I am one of your fans. You wrote [7 ] Mind Games." [6 ]
In keeping with the original theme, the lyrics advocate unity, love, and a positive outlook. The lyric "YES is the answer" is a nod to his wife
Yoko Ono's artpiece that brought them together originally. The song was recorded as Lennon split with her for his 18-month "lost weekend" with May Pang.
Chart performance [ edit ]
Weekly singles charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Year-end chart (1973)
[13 ] 140
[14 ] 99
WLS-AM (Chicago) [15 ] 81
Personnel [ edit ]
Cover versions [ edit ]
In 1990 South African musician
Ratau Mike Makhalemele released an EP of Lennon covers including a 16-minute long version of Mind Games. [16 ]
In 1995, it was recorded by
George Clinton for the John Lennon tribute album . Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon
In 2001, it was performed by
Kevin Spacey as part of the tribute concert . Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music
The Irish band
Hal covered Mind Games for in 2005. Q Magazine
In 2006, it was covered by German rock /pop group
MIA., as well as Australian band, Eskimo Joe, as part of the project to support Make Some Noise Amnesty International.
Gavin Rossdale's version appeared on as an Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur iTunes exclusive bonus track.
In April 2009,
Sinéad O'Connor's version of the song recorded in the mid 90's appeared on the re-released deluxe edition of her second album, . I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
References [ edit ]
^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (September 1976) . All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961-1975. Ballantine Books. p. 127. ISBN 0-345-29794-6.
^ a b c d e Blaney, John (2005). "1973 to 1975: The Lost Weekend Starts Here". John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 123. ISBN 9780954452810.
^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0.
^ a b Urish, B. & Bielen, K. (2007). The Words and Music of John Lennon. Praeger. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-275-99180-7.
^ a b Masters, Robert; Houston, Jean (1998). "Preface". Mind Games: The Guide to Inner Space (1st Quest ed.). Wheaton, Ill.: Theosophical Pub. House. p. XII. ISBN 0835607534.
^ Blaney, John (2005). "1973 to 1975: The Lost Weekend Starts Here". John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 126. ISBN 9780954452810.
^ http://www.rock.co.za/files/mike_mind_games.html Retrieved 21 March 2014