‘Bring On The Lucie (Freeda Peeple)’ was a protest song begun by John Lennon in 1971, and recorded for Mind Games two years later.
Lennon taped an early version of the song towards the end of 1971, at which time it had the title ‘Free The People’. He was entering the political phase which would culminate with the following year’s Some Time In New York City, and anthems for the people were very much the order of the day.
‘Free The People’ was performed with three chords on a dobro guitar. Lennon then either forgot about it or decided to wait before continuing work on the composition, for it was more than a year later before he revived it.
The words ‘bring on the lucie’ are only heard at the very end of the song, during the fade-out. Despite the novelty title, ‘Bring On The Lucie (Freeda Peeple)’ was a more eloquent protest song compared to much of Some Time In New York City’s crude preaching:
Well you were caught with your hands in the kill
And you still got to swallow your pill
As you slip and you slide down the hill
On the blood of the people you killed
Stop the killing now!
Lennon turned in a spirited vocal performance, although the repetitive groove by the hired New York session musicians lacks much of the fire demanded by the lyrics.
A studio outtake of ‘Bring On The Lucie’ from the Mind Games sessions was included on the 1998 box set John Lennon Anthology.
Who is bass player Gordon Edwards? an’t find anything about him anywhere.
Gordon Edwards is an absolutely amazing bass player, mostly known for his session work and his work with the band Stuff. He has played with a veritable who’s who in the pop/r&b/jazz worlds – check out this list of credits (which probably isn’t even complete):
Stuff was made up of other session musicians. I saw them lots of times when they held court weekly at a club in NYC called Mikell’s which, unfortunately, has been gone for years.
Here’s just a little Stuff sample. You can find many others on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1SIUfeGNU4
I haven’t found anything that talks about him later than 2010. Hope he’s still out there.
One of the best fast going songs ever made! The song consists of three different melodies, and in every melody the tension increases. Why isn´t the song more known? It´s incredible!
McCartney was better making PR for his music. Lennon made only PR for his person, and peace-nonsens.
The New York session players on the Mind Games album, good as they may be, were horrible for a John Lennon album. Dave Spinozza played some good stuff on Ram, Keltner did lots of good stuff with 3 of the Beatles. But Gordon Edwards, Rick Marotta, Dave Spinozza & the background vocalists ugh. They sound like exactly what they were. TopNew York session players who liked Jazz & had no clue how to help strengthen songs like John Lennon’s. Spinozza was reputedly sleeping with Lennon’s wife Yoko at around this time. They didn’t know how or probably care how to do Lennon’s style of music properly. I love deli mustard but I don’t Use it with pasta or Apple pie. It doesn’t matter how good a musician is, if even getting paid top money, he or she is unable to grasp the genre of music being done. Especially with no sharp producer to help him the album was doomed. The songwriting is superlative, but the arrangements are bland, the mix sounds like it was done by someone unfamiliar with Lennon’s type of stuff. The arrangements & the whole album sounds generic, bland & more well suited to Pablo cruise or Debbie Boone. Jack Douglas was the only post Beatles producer that knew what he was doing apparently. Spector was wrong for Lennon too. But at least he was competent. Just the wrong people. Somehow Walls & Bridges is terrific, maybe using Jesse Ed Davis & Klaus Voorman instead of Edwards & Spinozza. The songwriting is about the same quality.
Does anyone have any idea what the title, “Bring on the Lucie” means? I too love the song…but who the hell is Lucie and why did John want to bring her on? Especially when the obvious title for this song would have been “Free the people now”
I’m surprised no one has pointed out the similarity in the slide guitar riffs between this song and Harrison’s “If Not For You”.
Like Ken I have also wondered about the Lucie in the song refers to. No mention about whether or not she dwells in the clouds with diamonds.