Saturday, October 16, 2010

John Lennon: Mind Games

Recorded: Record Plant Studios, New York City: July-August 1973
Released: November 16, 1973
Album: Mind Games
Label: Apple/EMI

Mind Games: Cover of the original Mind Games, 1973. Copyright: Yoko Ono.

As Wikepedia puts it:
Mind Games is John Lennon's fourth post-Beatles solo album, and was recorded and released in 1973. The release of the album marked the beginning of Lennon's eighteen-month separation from Yoko Ono. A departure from his previous politically topical and somewhat abrasive Some Time in New York City album, Mind Games was warmly received by the public and Lennon's critics, with the album reaching #13 in the UK and #9 in the US, where it went gold.
John and Yoko Ono moved to New York in August 1971 as resident aliens. (It took four years of legal battles for John Lennon to gain permanent residence status.) Notice the freedom in which Mr. Lennon walks around New York City, and his interaction with children and the public in general, signing autographs, going to the zoo, buying a hot dog. His actions speak of a tourist or a typical New Yorker exploring his surroundings.

The video shown above was put together after John Lennon's death, as Wikepedia explains:

In the posthumously created music video, a bright light fades in and we see John Lennon walking around New York City, dressed in black. He's seen signing autographs, at the Central Park Zoo (and tries to feed an elephant), poses with an eagle statue, dances around the Central Park Bandshell, etc.

Lennon then purchases a hot dog. After that, he is seen at the Beacon Theatre where the Broadway play Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band On The Road is playing. He then makes a brief cameo onstage and plays the piano. Outside again, he rides in a horse-drawn carriage through the streets of Manhattan.

Afterwards, the shots of Lennon is seen walking around again, like in the beginning, and it ends with a bright light fading out as Lennon's chest is seen towards the camera. The film contains elements from the original 1974 "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" promotional film. The film was shot by a college student for his final project. The 19 hours of raw film footage, shot in November 1974, was eventually put up for auction and bought by Yoko Ono, who utilized only four minutes of it to create the "Mind Games" video.

Mind Games
By 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

Raising the spirit of peace and love, not war,
(I want you to make love, not war, I know you've heard it before)

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