John Lennon – I Know (I Know)… Sunday Album Cut

This would be one of my favorite John Lennon album cuts. It’s on the album Mind Games and it gets overlooked. It reminds me of the intro to the Beatles song “I’ve Got A Feeling.”

Some people say it was written as a coded message to Paul (there is more below a bout that) and it does have some references in there. John said later it was about Yoko…it could be both or neither…At the time when this came out him and Yoko were separated and Joh. Personally I’m not sure but I just enjoy the result. John later called it a piece of nothing but John could be dismissive about his best songs at times.

It’s a wonderful pop song nonetheless. Whenever I pull Mind Games out I go to this song first.

The song was not released as a single but the album did well. It peaked at #9 in the Billboard 100, #28 in Canada, and #13 in the UK in 1973.

From the Beatles Bible:

Although in his extensive 1980 interview for Playboy he dismissed the song as “just a piece of nothing”, the lyrics of I Know (I Know) are open to interpretation as a commentary on Lennon’s relationship with Yoko Ono, which by 1973 was faltering. Lennon realised matters had turned sour, and the song can be seen as a confessional in which he claimed to finally be able to see clearly, just as he had before on the Imagine song ‘How?’ and ‘Jealous Guy’.

The curious repetition of the title in parentheses could have been simply one of Lennon’s whims, but it is possible that he was presenting a coded message – not for the first time – to his former bandmate Paul McCartney. Wings’ 1971 album Wild Life had featured the song Some People Never Know, in which McCartney lamented that some people fail to understand what it means to love. In this light, Lennon’s response saw the pair in agreement, in a marked contrast to their earlier song-based conflicts.

Lennon recorded a home demo of I Know (I Know) in the early summer of 1973, prior to entering the studio. During this time he worked on a number of songs destined for Mind Games.

Demo

I Know (I Know)

The years have passed so quickly
One thing I’ve understood
I am only learning
To tell the trees from 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
But I never could speak my 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

Now 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

Ooo, no more crying
Ooo, no more crying
Ooo, no more crying
Ooo, no more crying

Author: badfinger20 (Max)

Power Pop fan, Baseball fan, old movie and tv show fan... and a songwriter, bass and guitar player.

13 thoughts on “John Lennon – I Know (I Know)… Sunday Album Cut”

    1. I’ve always liked this album. As a Beatle fan Stehpen… I can’t help but think some was about Paul…may have been a coincidence but “it’s getting better all the time” and “I love you more than Yesterday”… or maybe I’m just being an obsessed Beatles fan lol.

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  1. only vaguely familiar but it’s quite good… not that many Lennon songs AREN’T good. Perhaps he wrote it as a message to both Yoko and Paul. He sure doesn’t look like himself without the glasses- hardly recognized him in the photo above!

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    1. I pointed this one out to you before on another post about Lennon….that may be where you heard it or you many have already knew it.

      I know about the picture…that is why I used it…it was different.

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    1. Glad you liked it. That time in his life is interesting…whether any is about Paul we will never know and it could be just coincidence but “its getting better all the time” and “I love you more than yesterday” …I always wondered but it may be nothing. Nice song though.

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