Nutopian International Anthem

Mind Games album artwork - John LennonWritten by: Lennon
Recorded: July-August 1973
Producer: John Lennon

Released: 16 November 1973 (UK), 29 October 1973 (US)

No personnel

Available on:
Mind Games

Nutopian International Anthem was a three-second silent track which closed the first half of John Lennon's 1973 album Mind Games.

Nutopian International Anthem - Mind Games (Remastered)

Lennon had previously released one other silent track: Two Minutes Silence on 1969's Unfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions. The silent tribute was for John Ono Lennon II, the baby Lennon and Yoko Ono lost to a miscarriage in 1968.

Nutopian International Anthem was quite different in its concept. By 1973 Lennon's music had become a mixture of personal and political, in the wake of the cathartic John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and the political Some Time In New York City, and the lyrics of Mind Games were often lacking conviction and focus.

At a press conference on 1 April 1973 Lennon and Ono announced the birth of Nutopia, a conceptual country. The name was inspired by Thomas Moore's book Utopia, published in 1516, which translated from modern Latin meant 'no place'.

Nutopia too had no place, symbolised by a white flag, and the national anthem was without sound. The six-line 'Declaration of Nutopia' was printed on the inner sleeve for Mind Games, signed by Lennon and Ono:

We announce the birth of a conceptual country, NUTOPIA.
Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of NUTOPIA.
NUTOPIA has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people.
NUTOPIA has no laws other than cosmic.
All people of NUTOPIA are ambassadors of the country.
As two ambassadors of NUTOPIA, we ask for diplomatic immunity and recognition in the United Nations of our country and its people.

Yoko Ono Lennon
John Ono Lennon

Nutopian Embassy
One White Street
New York, New York 10013
April 1st 1973

The seal of Nutopia was, fittingly, a picture of the marine mammal of the same name. A plaque bearing the words 'NUTOPIAN EMBASSY' was also positioned above the kitchen door of their apartment in the Dakota building.

2 responses on “Nutopian International Anthem

  1. Barry Smith

    You can purchase this track on iTunes for $1.99!! Sounds like pure greed to me. Or perhaps Apple isn’t aware that “Nutopian International Anthem” is actually three seconds of silence.

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