"I Know (I Know)" as written by and John Lennon....
The years have passed so quickly
One thing I've understood
I am only learning
To tell the trees from the wood

I know what's coming down
And I know where it's coming from
And I know and I'm sorry (yes I am)
But I never could speak my mind

And I know just how you feel
And I know now what I have done
And I know and I'm guilty (yes I am)
But I never could read your mind

I know what I was missing
But now my eyes can see
I put myself in your place
As you did for me

Today I love you more than yesterday
Right now I love you more right now

And I know what's coming down
I can feel where it's coming from
And I know it's getting better (all the time)
As we share in each other's minds

Today I love you more than yesterday
Right now I love you more right now
Oh ho no more crying [Repeat: x4]


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"I Know" as written by John Lennon

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    General CommentThis is an apology to Paul McCartney. Also takes riff from Paul's "I've Got A Feeling" (from Let It Be album).

    The years have passed so quickly
    One thing I've understood
    I am only learning
    To tell the trees from the wood

    -This is saying he's now seeing his true friends through all the fake ones (or vice versa = same outcome)


    I know what's coming down
    And I know where it's coming from
    And I know and I'm sorry (yes I am)
    But I never could speak my mind

    -He's too proud/ashamed/shy (it's unclear) to openly admit he's sorry, but he truly is for songs like 'How Do You Sleep' and the whole situation.


    And I know just how you feel
    And I know now what I have done
    And I know and I'm guilty (yes I am)
    But I never could read your mind

    - John has realised that he had misread Paul's actions/things he'd said - basically that they'd had a misunderstanding


    I know what I was missing
    But now my eyes can see
    I put myself in your place
    As you did for me

    -Carrying on from the last stanza, but then acknowledging that Paul had tried to look out for John (and maybe the other Beatles, depending on what time this song refers to) when it was most needed, by putting himself in John's positon. John is now putting himself in Paul's position and seeing how unfair he's been to him.

    Today I love you more than yesterday
    Right now I love you more right now

    -Can be taken both literally and as the song 'yesterday' which John admitted made him jealous that so many people had covered it

    And I know what's coming down
    I can feel where it's coming from
    And I know it's getting better (all the time)
    As we share in each other's minds

    -Repeat from second stanza, followed by a quote from a song they famously worked together on (Sgt. Peppers' "Getting Better")


    Class song
    originlon August 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwhat what what?? no comments?? this is song is amazing one of my fav from mr lennon
    stpfan22on March 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentExcellent interpretation, originl! I've read elsewhere that it's a thing written to Yoko but I think you've actually nailed it. The lifting of the "I've Got A Feeling" riff, the references to "Yesterday" and "Getting Better", etc... All very good points.

    I love this song. It's one I often forget even exists until the next time I go digging out "Mind Games" for yet another play-through... and then when it comes on I think, "Ah, yeah... That's such a great tune." Definitely one of John's most underrated and overlooked gems. How many Lennon/Beatles fans do you know who don't know this song or even that it exists?
    Lord Hasenpfefferon July 28, 2011   Link

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