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Copyright: Apple Corps Ltd., EMI Records Ltd, Parlophone (UK)
Members: John Lennon
Writer: John Lennon
Producer: John Lennon, Yōko Ono y Phil Spector
Original Album Released: September, 9 1971 (USA), October, 8 1971 (UK)
Remaster and Remix Released: 2000
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"Crippled Inside" is a song written and performed by John Lennon from his 1971 album Imagine.
The song combines the bleak lyrical content of Lennon's prior solo recording, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, with the more upbeat musical arrangements typical to the rest of Imagine. Lennon would later express his displeasure with the more commercial sound of the album, even going so far as to say that the title track was "an anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic song, but because it's sugar-coated, it's accepted." The song is also noticeably influenced by country music, becoming Lennon's own spin on country rock, which he dabbled in both as a Beatle and later in his solo career.
* While still with The Beatles, John Lennon recorded a song, now a bootleg called "Long Lost John", in which he jams with the rest of the band. At about 5:45 into the track, the song they play sounds the same as "Crippled Inside" but has different lyrics. Paul McCartney sings harmony vocals on the song, George Harrison adds some words, and Ringo Starr is on drums. At the very end of the track they play a slow version of "Run for Your Life".
* John Lennon's fellow former Beatle George Harrison plays dobro on the song, with Klaus Voormann (a longtime friend of the Beatles and designer of the cover for their Revolver album) on upright bass.
* Jam band Widespread Panic covered the song a number of times during their Summer 2007 Tour, with the band contributing a version to the benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
Imagine is John Lennon's second solo album and is considered the most popular of his solo works. Recorded and released in 1971, the album tended toward songs that were gentler, more commercial and less avant-garde than the ones he released on his more critically acclaimed previous album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. In 2003 Rolling Stone magazine named Imagine #76 on its list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.