The Pope Smokes Dope

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The Pope Smokes Dope
David Peel - The Pope Smokes Dope.jpeg
Studio album by David Peel & The Lower East Side
Released April 17, 1972
Recorded 1972 at Record Plant Studios, New York City
Genre Folk rock
Length 42:01 (vinyl edition)
56:04 (CD edition)
Label Apple
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono
David Peel chronology
The American Revolution
The Pope Smokes Dope
Santa Claus Rooftop Junkie
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau E[2]

The Pope Smokes Dope is the third album by David Peel and The Lower East Side, released on April 17, 1972 through Apple Records.


Peel, along with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, performed Peel's "The Ballad of New York", on The David Frost Show, with Lennon playing tea-chest bass.[3] The trio, joined by The Lower East Side Band, played several songs by Lennon and Ono.[3] This episode was recorded on December 16, 1971 and broadcast on January 13, 1972.[3]

The album was released on April 17, 1972. The CD was released in 2005 (by Orange Records International).

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by David Peel

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "I'm a Runaway"   3:39
2. "Everybody's Smoking Marijuana"   4:06
3. "F Is Not a Dirty Word"   3:12
4. "The Hippie from New York City"   3:01
5. "McDonald's Farm"   3:13
6. "The Ballad of New York City/John Lennon • Yoko Ono"   3:19
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "The Ballad of Bob Dylan"   4:12
2. "The Chicago Conspiracy"   3:47
3. "The Hip Generation"   1:50
4. "I'm Gonna Start Another Riot"   2:37
5. "The Birth Control Blues"   4:48
6. "The Pope Smokes Dope"   2:15
Bonus tracks on CD edition
  1. "Amerika" (Edit) – 4:15
    • with Yoko Ono
  2. "How Did You Meet David Peel?" – 2:07
    • interview with John Lennon
  3. "Everybody's Smokin'" (Remix) – 7:41

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (1972) Peak
US Billboard 200[4] 191



  1. ^ Eder, Bruce. "The Pope Smokes Dope". Allmusic. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "David Peel and the Lower East Side". Robert Retrieved October 31, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c Miles, Barry; Badman, Keith, eds. (2001). The Beatles Diary After the Break-Up: 1970-2001 (reprint ed.). London: Music Sales Group. ISBN 9780711983076. 
  4. ^ "The Pope Smokes Dope - Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved October 31, 2012. 

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