Jealous Guy (4:13)

Cover of Lennon Legend

From Lennon Legend and 18 other releases

Jealous Guy is a song written and performed by John Lennon which first appeared on his 1971 album “Imagine.” It is one of the most commonly covered Lennon songs, with at least ninety-two recorded cover versions by musicians like Donny Hathaway, the Black Crowes, Jeff Tweedy, Peter Criss (of KISS), and Deftones.

The song’s genesis came in India, after The Beatles attended a lecture by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi about a “son of the mother nature”. This inspired both Paul McCartney and John Lennon to write songs about the same subject. McCartney’s composition “Mother Nature’s Son” was selected for The Beatles (the White Album), while Lennon’s song “Child of Nature” was not. After that, Lennon continued to play it into the Get Back sessions. Eventually, the lyrics were scrapped and replaced by the now well known “Jealous Guy” lyrics for Imagine.

According to the Jealous Guy Songfacts, Joey Molland and Tom Evans of the band Badfinger both played acoustic guitar on this track. Badfinger were signed to the Beatles-run Apple label and George Harrison recommended to Lennon, “if you need some guitar players on Imagine, use the Badfinger guys.”

“Jealous Guy” was released as a single with “Going Down on Love” (a track from Walls and Bridges) as the B-side in the United Kingdom in November 1985. It reached number 65 in the charts.


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  • markradcliff

    It would wonderful to hear if you could play it.

    20 Apr 7:01am Reply
  • davidmxdf

    I didn't mean to hurt you I'm sorry that I made you cry Oh my I didn't want to hurt you I'm just a jealous guy...

    22 Feb 4:03am Reply
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    23 Nov 2014 Reply
  • pikininah

    John <3

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • VenusTheMermaid


    24 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Oppressotron

    Great song but lets face it... if you've read enough about John's relationships he had some issues that disqualify him for the title of love guru. Then again, I think we all do on some levels.

    22 Sep 2014 Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    ❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤❤☆҉‿↗ ❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤☆҉‿↗⁀☆҉❤❤☆҉‿↗

    21 Sep 2014 Reply
  • wewantmine

    The best cover of Jealous Guy, imo, is by a dude named Frankie Miller. Google it.

    11 Sep 2014 Reply
  • mousavian

    Every time this song plays, I remember myself, standing alone at the beautiful bridge in my home town, in a cold winter night, wearing my favorite jacket, smoking a cigarette, headphone on my ears, listening to this. It's just amazing..

    1 Jul 2014 Reply
  • BennoTiger


    13 Jun 2014 Reply
  • venicechance

    My favourite Lennon song...

    2 Jun 2014 Reply
  • vinman76

    This song is timeless.So beautifully written and preformed by a beautifull person. R.I.P John

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • ASummerKiss

    So beautiful! My fav song of John's....... ​♫♪*¨*•♥(◠‿◠)♥•*¨*•♫♪ ​

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • pdc_canarias

    28 Apr 2014 Reply
  • pikininah

    Perfect! <3

    16 Apr 2014 Reply
  • BiIIyShears

    the voice and heart of a generation...and he was murdered [2] Still pains me to look at the events leading up the murder and seeing how small, minute differences could have resulted in Chapman completely missing out on Lennon that day.

    2 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Ave_Rock

    So beautiful.

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • DrMichaelGalvin

    One of Lennon's best Post-Beatles compositions.

    10 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Adyx71

    Stupenda!! ♥

    5 Jan 2014 Reply
  • XDanica

    Pure perfection.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
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