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John Lennon — Mind Games
Album: The John Lennon Collection
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Released: 1970
Length: 4:00
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We're playing those mind games together
Pushing the barrier, planting seed
Playing the mind guerrilla
Chanting the mantra, peace on Earth
We all been playing those mind games forever
Some kinda druid dude 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, out of 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
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I still miss him.  His beautiful music was just that - beautiful. 
"Yes is the answer, and you know that for sure.  Yes is surrender, you've got to let it go"

Daily self-affirmations.  Such simple prescriptions for a lifetime of happiness and the good will that love brings.     
 joelbb wrote:
Oh shut up, John.  You got so pompous in your latter days. 

 
And what's so funny about peace, love, and understanding?
 Cynaera wrote:
In this time of insanity, nuclear radiation, wars and tanking economy, I appreciate John Lennon's music a LOT more these days.  He was a sort of visionary - and it's not like he was complaining about the world situation and not doing anything about it. He offered solutions to big problems. Granted, his solutions seemed pretty unorthodox at the time, but now, I wonder how much of "Give peace a chance" could actually be what saves the world from itself?  I miss his optimism and his snarky-but-dead-on humor.

 
This.
10, next
This just beats up on my ears.
Started listening to The Beatles after John was shot. I was 11 and a half. When The John Lennon Collection came out in 82 I got it on cassette for Chanukah.  I played the hell out of that cassette for the next 5 years. I might never have encountered this later Lennon stuff without it.

This song is me, aged 14, lying in bed, singing myself to sleep.

Yes is the answer.

You gotta let it go. 
 Cynaera wrote:
In this time of insanity, nuclear radiation, wars and tanking economy, I appreciate John Lennon's music a LOT more these days.  He was a sort of visionary - and it's not like he was complaining about the world situation and not doing anything about it. He offered solutions to big problems. Granted, his solutions seemed pretty unorthodox at the time, but now, I wonder how much of "Give peace a chance" could actually be what saves the world from itself?  I miss his optimism and his snarky-but-dead-on humor.
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...  well said...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all over the world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 
Oh shut up, John.  You got so pompous in your latter days. 
 lily34 wrote:


 



 musickat wrote:
YES is the answer
 

..you know that, for sho'..

The beginning of this tune starts out similarly to 'Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum. I'm so glad it's this and not that!!!
 gschoep wrote:
Is is some sort of sarcasm (or punishment) to get Kermit the Frog — Rainbow Connection when you click PSD on this song?
 

Yes that's what you get when you PSD good songs!
Nice!
 gschoep wrote:
Is is some sort of sarcasm (or punishment) to get Kermit the Frog — Rainbow Connection when you click PSD on this song?
 

Is is some sort of sarcasm (or punishment) to get Kermit the Frog — Rainbow Connection when you click PSD on this song?
The best of the best!! 
 calypsus_1 wrote:

John Lennon by ~jimbo101
James Garner ©2006-2010 ~jimbo101



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Well, it's a lot better than I could ever do.  Still, it looks like the triploid love child of Lennon, Peter Townshend and Ringo.
Like the rating I gave this song describes, it is simply outstanding!! {#Angel}
 musickat wrote:
YES is the answer
 

 kalkin84 wrote:
Love doesn't stop lunatics with attack helicopters, mustard gas and genocide on the mind, but F-15s, M1A2 tanks and US Marines do.  

I don't know love stops them but I do know F-15s, M1As and Marines don't.
 Canlistener wrote:
Really detest the Beatles but for some reason there's quite a few Lennon songs I really enjoy.  Go figure...
 
There's hope for you yet 
YES is the answer
 Canlistener wrote:
Really detest the Beatles but for some reason there's quite a few Lennon songs I really enjoy.  Go figure...
 
I don't want to go to there.

 lemmoth wrote:


I was home watching Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell interrupted the game with the news. 

I stayed up all night listening to Vin Scelsa on WNEW in New York playing Lennon music and talking us through.  I will never forget Vin for this.
 
On December 1980, I was studying in London and was alternately angered, saddened, apologetic and embarrassed about the death of beauty in a country that had been choosing between a peanut farmer and actor for President.


Really detest the Beatles but for some reason there's quite a few Lennon songs I really enjoy.  Go figure...
 sandyclaws wrote:


I was in second grade. Came home from school on Dec. 9 to find my brother, a kindergartener who had the AM class and a huge fan of The Beatles and especially the cartoon version of them (as was I), crying as he watched the television coverage in the living room. Young as I was at the time, I will never forget that moment as long as I live - it is still so vivid and sad in my mind.
 

I was home watching Monday Night Football when Howard Cosell interrupted the game with the news. 

I stayed up all night listening to Vin Scelsa on WNEW in New York playing Lennon music and talking us through.  I will never forget Vin for this.


One word for this tune - Majestic
In this time of insanity, nuclear radiation, wars and tanking economy, I appreciate John Lennon's music a LOT more these days.  He was a sort of visionary - and it's not like he was complaining about the world situation and not doing anything about it. He offered solutions to big problems. Granted, his solutions seemed pretty unorthodox at the time, but now, I wonder how much of "Give peace a chance" could actually be what saves the world from itself?  I miss his optimism and his snarky-but-dead-on humor.
 bachbeet wrote:
Not among his best but still good.
 

I don't know, it is pretty close, I love it!
Not among his best but still good.
 hamer12string wrote:

You know, I hate to admit it, but I feel the same way about most of it.  
It seems like John and Paul both recorded their best stuff when they had each other to argue with.
 
I know what you mean, but it's easy to make such a broad assumption.  I don't personally find "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da", "Run For Your Life", "Bungalo Bill", or "Love Me Do" (as random examples) to be better than this song.

 von_Hayek wrote:

Here is the third!
 
I hope you're referring to me with that comment!
 Catalytic wrote:
This song does eventually end, right? *looks at watch*
 
...seriously. Hmmm, now about that nap.
 vandal wrote:


I was on my way to work on December 9th in 1980 when Q104 interrupted the song that was playing to announce that John had been shot and killed the night before . . . I had to pull the car over to the side of the road. . .



 

I was in second grade. Came home from school on Dec. 9 to find my brother, a kindergartener who had the AM class and a huge fan of The Beatles and especially the cartoon version of them (as was I), crying as he watched the television coverage in the living room. Young as I was at the time, I will never forget that moment as long as I live - it is still so vivid and sad in my mind.
This song does eventually end, right? *looks at watch*
 Jelani wrote:

How about the Three Muskaphilistines ?
 
Here is the third!

kalkin84 wrote:
Love doesn't stop lunatics with attack helicopters, mustard gas and genocide on the mind, but F-15s, M1A2 tanks and US Marines do.
- - - - - - - - - -

 How to win the hearts and minds of absolutely NO-BODY ! Just who the hell is the "Radical Sect"
here ?

 vandal wrote:


I was on my way to work on December 9th in 1980 when Q104 interrupted the song that was playing to announce that John had been shot and killed the night before . . . I had to pull the car over to the side of the road. . .



 

I was in Music class, I was 12, the teacher was crying and he told us why.
Great song, but what do I know...
 DaveInVA wrote:
Another Lennon song I didn't care for then and still don't now.
 

Alrighty then....sorry for you, I guess.....
 calypsus_1 wrote:

John Lennon by ~jimbo101
©2006-2010 ~jimbo101


  nice drawing!


John Lennon by ~jimbo101
James Garner ©2006-2010 ~jimbo101



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 keller1 wrote:
Call me a Philistine ... Lennon's solo stuff drives me batshit.
 
Guano happens! ;)

 holborne wrote:


Totally agree, so they can call us both Philistines.
 
How about the Three Muskaphilistines ?
Love is the answer.  Great song.
hamer12string wrote:

You know, I hate to admit it, but I feel the same way about most of it.
It seems like John and Paul both recorded their best stuff when they had each other to argue with.

I agree...there were a couple of good one's on "Walls and Bridges" not up to the Beatles standard though, he needed the other three (even Ringo)


Another Lennon song I didn't care for then and still don't now.
 keller1 wrote:
Call me a Philistine ... Lennon's solo stuff drives me batshit.
 
Yeah, gee, it all sounds so much the same, sheesh. (Go away.)
I never really paid much attention to this song before. I think maybe I should have; it's really very good.
 keller1 wrote:
Call me a Philistine ... Lennon's solo stuff drives me batshit.
 
You know, I hate to admit it, but I feel the same way about most of it.  
It seems like John and Paul both recorded their best stuff when they had each other to argue with.
I rated this lower because when I was just listening to it, it seemed that for John (my favorite Beatle) this was just a commercial song — sell a few records, pay a few bills.  I didn't think tha tthere was sincere emotion behind the words.  But he still gets a 9 on almost all other songs.
 

(about Mind Games)

and because is Christmas....

"Merry Xmas Everybody" is a single released  in December 1973 by the english glam rock Band "Slade" and recorded in New York in mid 1973, in an adjoining studio, where John Lennon was working on his album Mind Games;  Slade and manager/producer Chas Chandler experimented some dificultyes in this theme, and John Lennon give help, turned up with a harmonium he was about to use in the studio next door;  "Merry Xmas Everybody" probably one of best obtained and famous songs of Christmas, probably.....

note: i have this song enclosed in a Compilation of the Band "Slade" and i would like to hear this song here in RP Station, but i am not very made familiar to the correct procedures of uploads, if somebody will be interested and can give an aid... ty;

this is my contribution to celebrate the Christmas here in RP Station!

"Merry Xmas Everybody" - ** 7 / 8 **



 keller1 wrote:
Call me a Philistine ... Lennon's solo stuff drives me batshit.
 

Totally agree, so they can call us both Philistines.
Call me a Philistine ... Lennon's solo stuff drives me batshit.
 jagdriver wrote:
Do you remember..the 5th of November?
 
no - however, the 12th of never is still vivid
it's all in your head!
{#Cowboy}


 robco1 wrote:
I wish he was; he would have had a lot to say in 2002-03. Maybe he would have woken this country up . . .
 

Oh, yes, I'm so sure that a superannuated rock star would have woken up the masses to The Truth and stopped that war dead in its tracks, yessiree. Give me a break.

scott4261 wrote:
RIP, John. Glad you're not here to witness the latest needless war...
I wish he was; he would have had a lot to say in 2002-03. Maybe he would have woken this country up . . .
There are so many other places to do that. Not here. Please. RIP John.
kalkin84 wrote:
tell that to the families of the hundreds of thousands of people saddam massacred.. oh wait, he killed them to, never mind. Love doesn't stop lunatics with attack helicopters, mustard gas and genocide on the mind, but F-15s, M1A2 tanks and US Marines do. One death is a tragedy, one million deaths is a statistic. People with attitudes like yours sit by and passively allow tragedies to become statistics; you did it with Hitler, you tried to do it with Saddam, and you'll probably do it with the next (probably arab or persian) lunatic that needs his ass handed to him on a platter. 1
My Lord, whatever planet you're on, please stay there.
kalkin84 wrote:
Love doesn't stop lunatics with attack helicopters, mustard gas and genocide on the mind, but F-15s, M1A2 tanks and US Marines do. 1
If it's a luntic, what makes you think marines with heavy equipment stops anything? All they do is kill civilians. Great. Hey - the very same people the so-called lunatics kill.... ...hmm. Makes you wonder, just what qualifies Sadaam as a lunatic but an american politician as a hero? Get real, we aren't over there for some grandiose white knight cause - we're there because our president is one of the main stock holders in the biggest war machines in the world, which happens to be at the helm of the Iraqi war. Oh wait, he's not a stock holder - he signed it over to Daddy, that's right. From whom he stands to inherit. So it Cheney and Rumsfeld, fyi. They're all lunatics and they're playing tools like you the whole way to the bank.
scott4261 wrote:
RIP, John. Glad you're not here to witness the latest needless war...
tell that to the families of the hundreds of thousands of people saddam massacred.. oh wait, he killed them to, never mind. Love doesn't stop lunatics with attack helicopters, mustard gas and genocide on the mind, but F-15s, M1A2 tanks and US Marines do. One death is a tragedy, one million deaths is a statistic. People with attitudes like yours sit by and passively allow tragedies to become statistics; you did it with Hitler, you tried to do it with Saddam, and you'll probably do it with the next (probably arab or persian) lunatic that needs his ass handed to him on a platter. 1
ThePoose wrote:
I'll never forget the 8th of December.
I was on my way to work on December 9th in 1980 when Q104 interrupted the song that was playing to announce that John had been shot and killed the night before . . . I had to pull the car over to the side of the road. . . :cry:
scott4261 wrote:
RIP, John. Glad you're not here to witness the latest needless war...
Well said.
jagdriver wrote:
Do you remember..the 5th of November?
I'll never forget the 8th of December.
sugarbaby wrote:
nice mix, bill :clap:
I've often thought of the similarities in the two tunes. But cannot equate them in quality. John wins that one hands down.
The Lips tune is replicative fading on this one, which wasn't great to begin with. Next ...
sugarbaby wrote:
nice mix, bill :clap:
Amen!
nice mix, bill :clap:
I never tire of this one.
Good transition from the Lips. . .although I like their song better. . .
...next-to-seamless transition from the flaming lips...
I'll never get over his death. I love you John :sunny: Goodnight sweet Prince... The rest is silence :meditate:
Paul_in_Australia wrote:
I read somewhere that the lyric could have been 'Make love, not war' But Lennon only sang this line in the run out groove ...
Actually what he sang was: I want you to make love, not war I know You've heard it before ... But you really have to listen for it, and it does get cut a lot of the time.
hippiechick wrote:
Miss you, John Love is the answer
Hippiechick, I miss him too... It's too bad that many people did not listen to what he was saying. I just pray that enough of us did.....
I was going to mention the transition... That was great. I was sitting there thinking what a blatant rip-off of Mind Games that Flaming Lips song was.
The seamless transition from Flaming Lips-Do You Realize? to this song just blew my mind. Nice Bill
RIP, John. Glad you're not here to witness the latest needless war...
Miss you, John Love is the answer
Perfect, Bill. :notworthy:
Do you remember..the 5th of November?
I read somewhere that the lyric could have been 'Make love, not war' But Lennon only sang this line in the run out groove, and sang 'Mind games together/forever' instead. I think the song would be heard a lot more if he had used the anti-war message; well it would be heard a lot more in countries that oppose war, anyway.
jenakle wrote:
just sounds like the same dmned song to me meh
Wow! Did someone roll your twinkie in pooh this morning?
Happy sigh.... :meditate:
YES!
I guess enough is said about the transition. sweet :clap:
just sounds like the same dmned song to me meh
52weekends wrote:
that was the best transition ever made from Flaming Lips to this! Good job RP
:yes: Best segue I have ever heard on RP.
52weekends wrote:
that was the best transition ever made from Flaming Lips to this! Good job RP
Yeah, I've got to agree; that was seamless!
That was a really cool phade from Lips, "Do you Realize"
52weekends wrote:
that was the best transition ever made from Flaming Lips to this! Good job RP
YES it was. Read my mind too.
52weekends wrote:
that was the best transition ever made from Flaming Lips to this! Good job RP
Couldn't have said it better myself.
I never noticed the similarities in the guitar riff between this song and the last one. Awesome!
Simple, yet profound. John, and the song.
52weekends wrote:
that was the best transition ever made from Flaming Lips to this! Good job RP
Agreed! Seamless, beautiful, cosmic!
Oooh. Very nice transition from Flaming Lips. Good one Bill.
that was the best transition ever made from Flaming Lips to this! Good job RP