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"Mind Games" was John Lennon's fourth major release and the first album which he produced on his own. The previous three all employed Phil 'wall of sound' Spector as co-producer, along with John and Yoko. It was released Nov. 2, 1973 (US) and Nov. 16, 1973 (UK).

Album Cover Track Listing
  1. Mind Games
  2. Tight A$
  3. Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)
  4. One Day (At A Time)
  5. Bring On The Lucie (Freda People)
  6. Nutopian International Anthem
  7. Intuition
  8. Out The Blue
  9. Only People
  10. I Know (I Know)
  11. You Are Here
  12. Meat City

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Mind Games
John Lennon

We're playing those mind games together
Pushing the barriers, planting seeds
Playing the mind guerrilla
Chanting the mantra, peace on earth
We all been playing those mind games forever
Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil
Doing the mind guerrilla
Some call it magic, the search for the grail

Love is the answer and you know that for sure
Love is a flower, you got to let it, you got to let it grow

So keep on playing those mind games together
Faith in the future, outta the now
You just can't beat on those mind guerrillas
Absolute elsewhere in the stones of your mind
Yeah we're playing those mind games forever
Projecting our images in space and in time

Yes is the answer and you know that for sure
Yes is surrender, you got to let it, you got to let it go

So keep on playing those mind games together
Doing the ritual dance in the sun
Millions of mind guerrillas
Putting their soul power to the karmic wheel
Keep on playing those mind games forever
Raising the spirit of peace and love

Love...
(I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before)


Tight A$
John Lennon

Well just as tight a$ you can make it
Hard and slow ain't hard enough
Just as tight a$ you can shake it girl
Git it on and do your stuff

Tight a$ you can get it
Tight a$ got it made
Uptight's alright but if you can't stand the heat
You better get back in the shade

Well just as tight a$ an Indian rope trick
Long and tough ain't hard enough
Just as tight a$ a dope fiend's fix my friend
Git it up and do your stuff

Tight a$ you can boogie
Tight a$ got it laid
Uptight's alright but if you can't stand the heat
You better get back in the shade

Well tight a$ you can make it
Hard and slow ain't hard enough
Just as tight a$ you can shake it girl
Git it on and do your stuff

Tight a$ you can get it
Tight a$ got it made
Uptight's alright but if you can't stand the heat
You better get back in the shade

Well tight a$ an Indian rope trick
Hard and long ain't hard enough
Just as tight a$ a dope fiend's fix my friend
Git it up and do your stuff

Tight a$ you can boogie
Tight a$ got it laid
Uptight's alright but if you can't stand the heat
You better get back in the shade

Well tight a$ got me cornered
Tight a$ got me laid
Tight a$ strut your stuff so tough
Just a sitting in the midnight shade

Tight a$ she can boogie
Tight a$ she got laid
Uptight's alright but if you can't stand the heat
You better get back in the shade


Aisumasen (I'm Sorry)
John Lennon

When I'm down, really yin
And I don't know what I'm doing
Aisumasen, aisumasen Yoko
All I had to do was call your name
All I had to do was call your name

And when I hurt you and cause you pain
Darlin I promise I won't do it again
Aisumasen, aisumasen Yoko
It's hard enough I know just to feel your own pain
It's hard enough I know to feel, feel your own pain

All that I know is just what you tell me
All that I know is just what you show me

When I'm down, real sanpaku
And I don't know what to do
Aisumasen, aisumasen Yoko san
All I had to do was call your name
Yes, all I had to do was call your name


One Day (At A Time)
John Lennon

You are my weakness, you are my strength
Nothing I have in the world makes better sense
Cause I'm a fish and you're the sea

When we're together or when we're apart
There's never a space in between the beat of our hearts
Cause I'm the apple and you're the tree

One day at a time is all we do
One day at a time is good for you

You are my woman, I am your man
Nothing else matters at all, now I understand
That I'm the door and you're the key

Every morning I wake in your smile
Feeling your breath on my face and the love in your eyes
Cause you're the honey and I'm the bee

One day at a time is all we do
One day at a time is good for us too (you too)

Cause I'm the fish and you're the sea
Cause I'm the apple and you're the tree
Cause I'm the door and you're the key
Cause you're the honey and I'm the bee


Bring On The Lucie (Freda People)
John Lennon

(Alright Boys, this is it, over the hill)

We don't care what flag you're waving
We don't even want to know your name
We don't care where you're from or where you're going
All we know is that you came
You're making all our decisions
We have just one request of you
That while you're thinking things over
Here's something you just better do

Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

Well we were caught with our hands in the air
Don't despair paranoia is everywhere
We can shake it with love when we're scared
So let's shout it aloud like a prayer

Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

We understand your paranoia
But we don't want to play your game
You think you're cool and know what you are doing
666 is your name
So while you're jerking off each other
You better bear this thought in mind
Your time is up you better know it
But maybe you don't read the signs

Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Free the people now
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

Well you were caught with your hands in the kill
And you still got to swallow your pill
As you slip and you slide down the hill
On the blood of the people you killed

Stop the killing (Free the people now)
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now
Stop the killing (Free the people now)
Do it, do it, do it, do it, do it now

Bring on the lucie


Nutopian International Anthem
John Lennon


Intuition
John Lennon

My intentions are good, I use my intuition
It takes me for a ride
But I never understood other people's superstitions
It seemed like suicide
As I play the game of life
I try to make it better each and every day
And when I struggle in the night
The magic of the music seems to light the way

Ah, Intuition takes me there
Intuition takes me everywhere

Well my instincts are fine
I had to learn to use them in order to survive
And time after time confirmed an old suspicion
It's good to be alive
And when I'm deep down and out and lose communication
With nothing left to say
It's then I realize it's only a condition
Of seeing things that way

Ah, Intuition takes me there
Intuition takes me anywhere
(Takes me anywhere, alright)

Ah, Intuition takes me there
Intuition takes me there
Intuition takes me there
Intuition takes me there
Intuition takes me there
Intuition takes me there


Out The Blue
John Lennon

Out the blue you came to me
And blew away life's misery
Out the blue life's energy
Out the blue you came to me

Everyday I thank the Lord and Lady
For the way that you came to me
Anyway it had to be two minds one destiny

Out the blue you came to me
And blew away life's misery
Out the blue life's energy
Out the blue you came to me

All my life's been a long slow knife
I was born just to get to you
Anyway I survived long enough to make you my wife

Out the blue you came to me
And blew away life's misery
Out the blue life's energy
Out the blue you came to me

Like a U.F.O. you came to me
And blew away life's misery
Out the blue life's energy
Out the blue you came to me


Only People
John Lennon

Only people know just how to talk to people
Only people know just how to change the world
Only people realize the power of people
Well, a million heads are better than one
So come on, get it on!

Well I know how we tried and the millions of tears that we cried
Now we are hipper we been thru the trip
And we can't be denied with woman and man side by side
Make no mistake it's our future we're making
Bake the cake and eat it too!
We don't want no pig brother scene!

Only people know just how to talk to people
Only people know just how to change the world
Only people realize the power of people
Well, a million heads are better than one
So come on, get it on!

We'll it's long overdue there ain't nothing better to do
Now we are hipper we been thru the trip
We can fly right on thru, there's nothing on earth we can't do
Fish or cut bait it's our future we're making
All together now pull the chain
We don't want no pig brother scene!

Only people know just how to talk to people
Only people know just how to change the world
(repeat three more times)


I Know (I Know)
John Lennon

The years have passed so quickly
One thing I've understood
I am only learning
To tell the trees from the wood

I know what's coming down
And I know where it's coming from
And I know and I'm sorry (yes I am)
But I never could speak my mind

And I know just how you feel
And I know now what I have done
And I know and I'm guilty (yes I am)
But I never could read your mind

I know what I was missing
But now my eyes can see
I put myself in your place
As you did for me

Today I love you more than yesterday
Right now I love you more right now

And I know what's coming down
I can feel where it's coming from
And I know it's getting better (all the time)
As we share in each other's minds

Today I love you more than yesterday
Right now I love you more right now
Ooh hoo no more crying
Ooh hoo no more crying
Ooh hoo no more crying
Ooh hoo no more crying


You Are Here
John Lennon

From Liverpool to Tokyo
What a way to go
From distant lands one woman one man
Let the four winds blow

Three thousand miles over the ocean
Three thousand light years from the land of the rising sun

Love has opened up my eyes
Love has blown right through
Wherever you are, you are here
Wherever you are, you are here

Three thousand miles over the ocean
Three thousand light years from the land of the surprising sun

Well now east is east and west is west
The twain shall meet
East is west and west is east
Let it be complete

Three thousand miles over the ocean
Three thousand light years from the land of the morning star


Meat City
John Lennon

Well I been Meat City to see for myself
Well I been Meat City to see for myself
Been Meat City, been Meat...
Just got to give me some rock 'n roll

People were dancing like there's no tomorrow
Meat City
Fingerlickin chickinpickin Meat City shookdown U.S.A.
Pig Meat City

Well I been the mountain to see for myself
Well I been the mountain to see for myself
Been the mountain, been the...
Just got to give me some rock 'n roll

Snake doctors shakin like there's no tomorrow
Freak City
Chickinsuckin mothertruckin Meat City shookdown U.S.A.
Pig Meat City

Well I'm gonna China to see for myself
Well I'm gonna China to see for myself
Gonna China gonna ...
Just got to give me some rock 'n roll

People were jumping like there's no tomorrow
Meat City
Fingerlickin chickinpickin Meat City shookdown U.S.A.
Pig Meat City

Well I'm gonna China
Yes I'm gonna China
Well I'm gonna China
Yes I'm gonna China
I'm gonna China
Yes I'm gonna China
Alright

 

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