Got My Mind Set on You

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"Got My Mind Set on You" is a song written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962. An edited version of the song was released later in the year as a single on the Dynamic Sound label. In 1987, George Harrison released a cover version of the song as a single, and released it on his album, Cloud Nine.

George Harrison version[edit]

"Got My Mind Set on You"
UK picture sleeve
Single by George Harrison
from the album Cloud Nine
B-side "Lay His Head"
Released October 12, 1987
Format Vinyl
Recorded Friar Park Studios Oxford 1987
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 3:51 (original version)
5:17 (extended version)
Label Dark Horse Records
Writer(s) Rudy Clark
Producer(s) Jeff Lynne, George Harrison
George Harrison singles chronology
"Shanghai Surprise"
"Got My Mind Set on You"
"When We Was Fab"
Cloud Nine track listing
"Breath Away from Heaven"
"Got My Mind Set on You"

Of Harrison's three number-one singles in the US, it was the only song not written by Harrison and the only one without religious overtones. Not only was this the last US #1 hit by Harrison, but from any of the ex-Beatles in the US. When the song hit #1, it broke a three-way tie among Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr, all of whom had two #1 hit singles as solo artists (discounting Paul McCartney's work with Wings). It also happened to be the #1 single in the US the week immediately preceding the induction of The Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making Harrison one of the few inductees to have an active single on the U.S. record charts at the time of induction. Billboard ranked it as the No. 3 song for 1988.[1]

The single's B-side is "Lay His Head", a remixed version of the unreleased song from Harrison's originally intended Somewhere in England album. The 12-inch version of the single also adds an extended version of "Got My Mind Set On You".

In the UK the single spent four weeks at number two. It was kept off the number 1 spot by T'Pau's "China in Your Hand".

The song was included in the Harrison compilation albums Best of Dark Horse 1976-1989 (1989) and Let It Roll: Songs by George Harrison (2009). A live version was recorded for his Live in Japan (1992) album.

In 2010, AOL radio listeners chose "Got My Mind Set on You" as one of the 10 Best George Harrison Songs, appearing at number 4 on the list.[2]

Music videos[edit]

Two music videos were released for the cover version.

The first (directed by Gary Weis) starred a young Alexis Denisof vying for the heart of a girl in an amusement arcade. It featured Harrison and the band inside of a movie viewer, while the young man tries to win a toy ballerina for the girl.[3]

The second, also directed by Weis, is Harrison sitting and playing in a study.[4] As the song progresses, furniture and knick-knacks (like a stuffed squirrel, sentient chainsaw, and mounted stag and warthog) begin to dance along with the song. In the middle of the video, Harrison (through the use of a stunt double) performs a backflip from his chair and follows it with a dance routine before jumping back to his seat.

The second received significant airplay, and was nominated for three MTV VMAs.[4]


  1. "Got My Mind Set on You" – 3:51
  2. "Lay His Head" – 3:51
  1. "Got My Mind Set on You" (Extended Version) – 5:17
  2. "Lay His Head" – 3:51
  3. "Got My Mind Set on You" – 3:51

Other covers and parodies[edit]

Harrison's version of the song was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic on his 1988 album Even Worse, as "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long" poking fun at the repetitive nature of the lyrics.

Shakin' Stevens recorded the song for his 2006 album Now Listen.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1987–88) Peak
Australian Kent Music Report 1
Austrian Singles Chart[5] 8
French SNEP Top 100 Singles Chart[5] 19
German Singles Chart 7
Irish Singles Chart[6] 1
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart[7] 64
Norway VG-lista Singles Chart[5] 10
Swedish Singles Chart[5] 10
Swiss Singles Chart[5] 11
UK Singles Chart[8] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 1
US Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks[10] 1

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1988
  2. ^ [1] AOL, 2010.
  3. ^ "George Harrison - "Got My Mind Set on You [version 1: nickelodeon]"". Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "George Harrison - "Got my mind set on you [version 2: chair]"". Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Steffen Hung. " George Harrison - Got My Mind Set On You". Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Search by Artist > George Harrison", (retrieved 11 April 2014).
  7. ^ "George Harrison - Chart Archives on the Japanese Oricon Top 100". Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  8. ^ "George Harrison - Chart Archives in the UK". Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  9. ^ "George Harrison - Chart Archives on the Billboard Hot 100". Retrieved April 23, 2009. 
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 112. 

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Preceded by
"You Win Again" by Bee Gees
Irish IRMA number-one single
November 14, 1987
Succeeded by
"China in Your Hand" by T'Pau
Preceded by
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes
Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single
December 19, 1987 – January 9, 1988
Succeeded by
"Everywhere" by Fleetwood Mac
Preceded by
"So Emotional" by Whitney Houston
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
January 16, 1988
Succeeded by
"The Way You Make Me Feel" by Michael Jackson
Preceded by
"Faith" by George Michael
Canadian RPM Singles Chart number-one single
January 16, 1988 – January 30, 1988
Succeeded by
"Could've Been" by Tiffany
Australian Music Report Singles Chart number-one single
January 25, 1988
Succeeded by
"(I've Had) The Time of My Life" by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes