Jealous Guy (4:13)

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From Lennon Legend and 16 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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