Games People Play
Inner Circle Lyrics


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Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

Oh, the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meanin' what they say, yeah
Never say what they mean

First you wind away your hours
In your concrete towers
Soon you'll be covered up in flowers
In the back of a black limousine

People walkin' up to you
Singin' glory hallelujah
Then they try to sock it to you, yeah
Oh, in the name of the lord

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Oh, talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

Whoa-oh, oh
Whoa-oh, oh, oh
Whoa-oh, oh, whoa-oh, oh
Whoa-oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meanin' what they say, yeah
Never saying what they mean

Then they teach you how to meditate
Read your horoscope and change your fate
And furthermore to hell with hate
Come on and give me some more, more, more

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Oh, talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

First you givin' up your sanity
Turn your back on humanity, yeah
And you don't give a damn, damn, damn

Whoa-oh, oh
Whoa-oh, oh, oh
Whoa-oh, oh, whoa-oh, oh
Whoa-oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

(Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na) talkin' 'bout you and me
(Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na) I'm talkin' 'bout you and me
Talkin' about you and me, yeah
And the games people play

Talkin' about you and me, yeah




And the games people play
Oh, talkin' about you and me and the games people play

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Inner Circle's song Games People Play touch upon the subject of human interaction and how people continuously engage in mind games, trying to manipulate one another for their own benefit. The singer states how people never say what they mean and never mean what they say, causing confusion and misunderstandings, leading to broken relationships or friendships. The song describes how people, caught up in their daily rat race, try to climb up the social ladder, putting on a facade, and pretend to be someone they're not.


The song then talks about how people, in their constant pursuit of success or fame, end up losing their sanity and humanity. They become so self-obsessed that they don't care about others' feelings or emotions, and they turn their back on humanity. The song also mockingly refers to religion and meditation as just other manipulative tools used to control people's minds.


Overall, the song Games People Play is a commentary on the darker side of human behavior, highlighting how people engage in playing twisted games with one another, often with no regard for the other person's feelings.


Line by Line Meaning

Na-na-na, na-na-na, na-na-na
Introduction to the song


Talkin' about you and me, yeah
The song is discussing the actions of people


And the games people play
Refers to the various games that people play in life


Oh, the games people play now
Reiterating the focus of the song


Every night and every day now
People are constantly playing games


Never meanin' what they say, yeah
People cannot be trusted to have honest intentions


Never say what they mean
People are not straightforward in their communication


First you wind away your hours
People waste their time in unproductive activities


In your concrete towers
Living in a modern, urban environment


Soon you'll be covered up in flowers
Death is inevitable


In the back of a black limousine
Symbolizes a funeral procession


People walkin' up to you
People will approach you


Singin' glory hallelujah
Praising you falsely


Then they try to sock it to you, yeah
Then they try to take advantage of you


Oh, in the name of the lord
Using religion to justify their actions


Whoa-oh, oh
Instrumental break


Whoa-oh, oh, oh
Instrumental break


Whoa-oh, oh, whoa-oh, oh
Instrumental break


Whoa-oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Instrumental break


Then they teach you how to meditate
People seek alternative methods to find peace


Read your horoscope and change your fate
Searching for answers in astrology


And furthermore to hell with hate
Encouraging people to reject negative emotions


Come on and give me some more, more, more
Inviting people to indulge in excess


First you givin' up your sanity
People sacrifice their mental health


Turn your back on humanity, yeah
Ignoring the needs of others


And you don't give a damn, damn, damn
Not caring about the consequences of their actions


Talkin' about you and me and the games people play
Reemphasizing the themes of the song




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Peermusic Publishing
Written by: Joe South

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