He creates happiness: John Lennon’s Mind Games

Sunday: Musically

He simply creates happiness. Forever John Lennon.

Mind Games is John Lennon’s fourth post-Beatles album, and was recorded and released in 1973.

This song, which was begun in 1969 and can be heard in the Beatles’ Let It Be sessions, was originally titled “Make Love Not War,” a popular hippie slogan at that time. The original Lennon demo for “Make Love, Not War” is available on the John Lennon Anthology(*).

Four years later, the lyrics evolved into “Mind Games”, which was inspired by the book of the same name by Robert Masters and Jean Houston (1972). In keeping with the original theme, the lyrics advocate unity, love, and a positive outlook. The lyric “YES is the answer” is a nod to his wife Yoko Ono’s artpiece that brought them together originally. The song was recorded as Lennon split with her for his 18-month “lost weekend” with May Pang.

(*) The John Lennon Anthology is a box set of home demos, alternative studio outtakes and other unreleased material recorded by John Lennon over the course of his solo career from “Give Peace a Chance” in 1969 up until the 1980 sessions for Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey. The anthology was divided by its compiler and co-producer, Yoko Ono, into four discs representing four eras in Lennon’s career: “Ascot”; “New York City”; “The Lost Weekend” and “Dakota”.


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