UK single release: Mind Games by John Lennon

John Lennon’s single ‘Mind Games’ was released in the UK on 16 November 1973.

The b-side was ‘Meat City’. Both songs also appeared on the Mind Games album, released on the same day in the UK.

Mind Games single artwork - John Lennon

‘Mind Games’ was the only single released from the album. It was not a success, peaking at number 18 in the United States and 26 in the United Kingdom.

It was originally called ‘Make Love Not War’, but that was such a cliché that you couldn’t say it anymore, so I wrote it obscurely, but it’s all the same story. How many times can you say the same thing over and over? When this came out, in the early Seventies, everybody was starting to say the Sixties was a joke, it didn’t mean anything, those love-and-peaceniks were idiots. [Sarcastically] “We all have to face the reality of being nasty human beings who are born evil and everything’s gonna be lousy and rotten so boo-hoo-hoo…” “We had fun in the Sixties,” they said, “but the others took it away from us and spoiled it all for us.” And I was trying to say: “No, just keep doin’ it.”
John Lennon, 1980
All We Are Saying, David Sheff
Last updated: 9 July 2021
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