Listen To Perfect Vocals for The Beatles song ‘I’m So Tired’
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John Lennon penned “I’m So Tired” three weeks into his stay in Rishikesh, India, where The Fab Four had traveled to learn the art of meditation from Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. After years of abusing alcohol and narcotics, he experienced a newfound clarity of mind for a little while, which came with the drawback of temporary insomnia.
Lennon revealed his thoughts about the song in a 1980 interview with David Sheff for All We Are Saying.
“‘I’m So Tired’ was me, in India again. I couldn’t sleep, I’m meditating all day and couldn’t sleep at night. The story is that. One of my favorite tracks. I just like the sound of it, and I sing it well,” the musician said.
In the song, Lennon describes his inability to go sleep after a day of intense concentration. Also discussed are his growing feelings for Yoko Ono (“My mind is fixed on you”), who stayed in England when John Lennon and his wife Cynthia left for India.
Lennon’s ability to write in layers is something that even his former bandmate Paul McCartney has addressed. “‘I’m So Tired’ is very much John’s comment to the world, and it had that very special line, ‘And curse Sir Walter Raleigh, he was such a stupid get.’” Macca said in the book, Many Years from Now. “That’s a classic line, and it’s so John that there’s no doubt that he wrote it. I think it’s 100 percent John.”
You can listen to Lennon’s isolated vocals for “I’m So Tired” below.