I Found Out

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"I Found Out"
Song by John Lennon
from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
Songwriter(s)John Lennon
Producer(s)John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band track listing

"I Found Out" is a song by the English musician John Lennon from his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

Writing and recording[edit]

The song expresses Lennon's disillusionment with a world dominated by what he saw as false religion and idols, and warns against being taken in by such beliefs.[1]

Recorded at EMI Studios on 27 September 1970,[2] the instrumentation, style, and production of the song are typical of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band era work. The song features a low, rumbling tremolo guitar, thumping drums, a rolling, minimal bass guitar line, and a scathing vocal delivery. The recording is bare-bones, in stark contrast to the heavy production of Lennon's later albums. It is influenced more heavily by blues music than other songs on Plastic Ono Band.


In a review for Plastic Ono Band, website Classic Rock Review described "I Found Out" as a "dark but fine tune", along with describing the bass line as the true highlight of the track.[3]

Upon its release, much of the controversy over "I Found Out", which contained the line "Some of you sitting there with your cock in your hand", which was similarly censored at the record company's request. Also the line "I seen religion from Jesus to Paul" which is comparable to the Paul is Dead rumour. The lyrics are some of Lennon's most vitriolic, taking shots at religion, his parents and drugs.


The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:[4]

Popular culture[edit]

The song was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon.[5]

The song has also been recorded by Nathaniel Mayer on I Just Want to Be Held (2004).


  1. ^ "John Lennon: I Found Out | The Beatles Bible". www.beatlesbible.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017.
  2. ^ Madinger, Chip; Raile, Scott (2015). LENNONOLOGY Strange Days Indeed - A Scrapbook Of Madness. Chesterfield, MO: Open Your Books, LLC. p. 210. ISBN 978-1-63110-175-5.
  3. ^ "Plastic Ono Band by John Lennon | Classic Rock Review". Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  4. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen To This Book. Guildford, Great Britain: Biddles Ltd. p. 58. ISBN 0-9544528-1-X.
  5. ^ "Various - Working Class Hero - A Tribute To John Lennon". Discogs. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

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