"Mind Games" as written by and 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 gotta let it grow

So keep on playing those mind games together
Faith in the future out of 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 gotta 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


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"Mind Games" as written by John Lennon

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  • +5
    General CommentThis is just what I think...

    We're playing those mind games together...we are just minds and life is meaningless if we take it too seriously, its equally valuable as a game of kick ball.

    Playing the mind guerrilla...we are alone and against the unknown and eachother. Guerrilla aka a small irregular force against a larger regular force

    Some kinda druid dudes lifting the veil...we've been relying on religion for "truth"

    Some call it magic, the search for the grail...some people name/label/talk about things they don't know.

    Love is the answer and you know that for sure...lets cut all the bullshit, its all a game anyways.

    Love is a flower, you got to let it, you got to let it grow...love all, be the love don't just say the love.

    Faith in the future, outta the now...we should have faith in the future by living in the now.

    Absolute elsewhere in the stones of your mind...God is ingrained in our minds, and only in our minds. (Lennon was an Atheist)

    Projecting our images in space and in time ...The idea that the universe has a n absolute human quality, love and hate for example, but in reality its only projected from inside our minds. There is no God, but the projection of fear.
    invisible vagabondon May 26, 2007   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningIf you read the book Mind Games by Jean Houston and Robert Masters, which came out in 1972, the meaning of this song becomes obvious. John and Yoko bought several copies of it and John even called it one of the two most important books he had read that year, the other being Yoko's book Grapefruit.
    nowtripon January 06, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it is about how everyone always talks about changing things, making things better (peace on earth) But everyone is just playing mind games, hoping things will get better and not taking action. (Faith in the future, out of the now)
    meanmrmustardon February 06, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentJohn was having an ongoing fight with the media, so I think this was him just saying, you know, 'For fuck's sake, can we just cut all the bullshit and be God's children?'
    alfiebabyon April 30, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentUnfortunately I've spent the majority of my life not having heard this song until recently..I agree with Boggyplanet in the last line that love to lennon was a higher level of thinking and the song generally is about playing mind games with a loved one..that to stay in love keep playing those mind games together.. however i believe the quote "doin the ritual, dance in the sun" could be related to a different quote of his which was "Rituals are imporant. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip" you can look up a variety of quotes on brainyquotes.com if interested..all of his quotes make such great sense when applied to everyday life..
    Eyespeakstroofon July 11, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe only way to stop these silly mind games is to not play along. What really matters in life? Love.
    daboognish88on April 27, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's about mind games. If you think about it, every human interaction involves a certain level of head games. It's a sad fact that you can't even communicate with your own mother without some level of head games, 99% of the time. This is a sad fact that John Lennon is lamenting in this song, in a satirical way. Sad. And great.
    alex155286on August 29, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI kinda agree with meanmrmustard, to me the song isn't so much a love song but a song about empty promises. People say they want to change the world but they don't. John is saying love each other instead of just playing the game and saying what people want to hear. less talk more action is what i get from the song.
    earpon March 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentJohn was having an ongoing fight with the media, so I think this was him just saying, you know, 'For fuck's sake, can we just cut all the bullshit and be God's children?'
    alfiebabyon April 30, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhen I first heard this I thought this was a reprise to "I am the Walrus"

    don't ask me why.
    crashkaboomon June 03, 2006   Link

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