Jealous Guy (4:13)

Cover of Lennon Legend

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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  • 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.

    5 hours ago Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

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

    Yesterday 3:23pm Reply
  • wewantmine

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

    11 Sep 12:55am 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 5:02am Reply
  • BennoTiger

    :-))

    13 Jun 8:58pm Reply
  • venicechance

    My favourite Lennon song...

    2 Jun 10:42am Reply
  • vinman76

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

    28 May 2:01pm Reply
  • ASummerKiss

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

    12 May 2:44pm Reply
  • pdc_canarias

    28 Apr 11:12am Reply
  • pikininah

    Perfect! <3

    16 Apr 4:56pm 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 4:59am Reply
  • Ave_Rock

    So beautiful.

    1 Mar 12:45pm Reply
  • DrMichaelGalvin

    One of Lennon's best Post-Beatles compositions.

    10 Feb 5:05pm Reply
  • Adyx71

    Stupenda!! ♥

    5 Jan 9:39pm Reply
  • XDanica

    Pure perfection.

    5 Nov 2013 Reply
  • ellienigena

    so beautiful, john is amazing :-(

    1 Nov 2013 Reply
  • lammasabacthani

    the voice and heart of a generation...and he was murdered

    26 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Gracielied

    This is probably my favorite John Lennon song. Beautiful. Soulful.

    27 Aug 2013 Reply
  • JM81051

    Each Beatle was amazing. They will be remembered till the end of time.

    16 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Gracielied

    This song is so beautiful. Probably one of my favorite songs of his.

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
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