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"I Found Out"
"I Found Out" cover
Song by John Lennon

from the album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band

Released 1970
Recorded  ???
Genre Rock, Blues Rock
Length 3:37
Label Apple/EMI
Writer John Lennon
Producer John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Phil Spector
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band track listing
Hold On
"I Found Out"
Working Class Hero

"I Found Out" is a song by British musician John Lennon, taken from his 1970 album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The song is angry and intensely bitter, expressing Lennon's disillusionment with a world dominated by falsehood.

In another common theme on the album, the song is also critical of Lennon's former band The Beatles. During the late 1960s, bandmate George Harrison became interested in Eastern mysticism; Lennon dismisses Harrison's beloved gurus and Hare Krishna mantra as "pie in the sky."[1] Lennon also claims that he's "seen religion from Jesus to Paul." This double reference to Paul the Apostle and bandmate Paul McCartney implies that the Beatles were not loved for their music so much as worshipped as gods.

The instrumentation, style, and production of the song are typical of Lennon's Plastic Ono Band era work. The song features a low, rumbling tremolo guitar, thumping drums, a rolling, minimal bass line, and a scathing vocal delivery. The recording is bare-bones, in stark contrast to the heavy production of Lennon's later albums. It is influenced more heavily by blues music than other songs on Plastic Ono Band.


The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:[2]

Popular culture

The song was covered by the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Working Class Hero.


  1. ^ Super Seventies
  2. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen To This Book. Guildford, Great Britain: Biddles Ltd.. pp. 58. ISBN 0-9544528-1-X.  


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