Jealous Guy
John Lennon Lyrics


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I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
Oh, I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
Thought that you was trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy




Watch out, I'm just a jealous guy
Look out baby, I'm just a jealous guy

Overall Meaning

The song "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon is a powerful and emotional song that explores the feelings of jealousy and insecurity. The song begins with the singer dreaming of the past, with their heart beating fast and feeling a loss of control. The lyrics suggest that the singer may have hurt someone they love due to their own insecurities and jealousy, and they are apologizing for their actions. The chorus repeats the refrain "I'm just a jealous guy" several times, emphasizing the theme of jealousy throughout the song.


The second verse continues to explore the singer's feelings of insecurity, suggesting that they are afraid that the person they love may not love them back. They describe feeling shivery and scared inside, further emphasizing their vulnerability. The bridge of the song describes the singer's attempts to catch the eye of the person they love and the pain they feel when they believe that person is trying to hide from them.


Overall, the lyrics of "Jealous Guy" delve into a common human emotion and offer an honest portrayal of the feelings of jealousy and insecurity that can lead to hurtful actions. Through the song's lyrics, we see the singer grappling with their own faults and trying to make things right with the person they love.


Line by Line Meaning

I was dreaming of the past
I was lost in thought about past experiences.


And my heart was beating fast
This thought was exciting, intense and causing my heart to race.


I began to lose control
This thought was taking over and dominating my mind and emotions.


I didn't mean to hurt you
The thoughts and emotions I was experiencing were not meant to cause harm.


I'm sorry that I made you cry
I regret the impact these thoughts and emotions had on you and feel remorseful about it.


Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
It was not my intention to cause pain or sadness for you.


I'm just a jealous guy
I recognize that the root of these thoughts and emotions is insecurity and jealousy within myself.


I was feeling insecure
I lacked confidence and felt uncertain about my place in our relationship.


You might not love me anymore
My insecurity led me to believe that you no longer had romantic feelings towards me.


I was shivering inside
These thoughts and feelings were causing me to feel anxious and unstable inside myself.


I was trying to catch your eyes
I wanted to make eye contact with you to confirm or deny my beliefs about your feelings for me.


Thought that you was trying to hide
I interpreted your behavior as you purposely trying to avoid me or hide your true feelings towards me.


I was swallowing my pain
I was attempting to suppress and hide the hurt and insecurity I was feeling.


Watch out, I'm just a jealous guy
I recognize that while my jealousy is causing issues in our relationship, it is a part of me that I have not fully come to terms with or addressed.


Look out baby, I'm just a jealous guy
I am warning you that my jealousy is not something that I can easily control or change, but I am willing to try to work on it and improve our relationship.




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Written by: John Lennon

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@juancamacho5746

I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
Oh, I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy
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I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
Thought that you was trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy
Watch out, I'm just a jealous guy
Look out baby, I'm just a jealous guy



@abbeyroad3657

I was dreaming of the past
And my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
Oh, I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
Thought that you was trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh no, I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy
Watch out, I'm just a jealous guy
Look out baby, I'm just a jealous guy
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@davidcortijo

I was dreaming of the past
and my heart was beating fast
I began to lose control
I began to lose control
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside
I was shivering inside
Oh I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

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I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy

I was trying to catch your eyes
I thought that you were trying to hide
I was swallowing my pain
I was swallowing my pain
I didn't mean to hurt you
I'm sorry that I made you cry
Oh my I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy
watch out baby I'm just a jealous guy
Look out baby I'm just a jealous guy



@aleo1893

"Jealous Guy" es una canci贸n compuesta e interpretada por el m煤sico brit谩nico John Lennon, publicada por primera vez en el 谩lbum de 1971 Imagine.

En 1971, se filmar铆a un video promocional para la canci贸n. En 茅l, mayormente grabado desde un helic贸ptero, se ve a John y Yoko desplaz谩ndose en un coche desde su mansi贸n de Tittenhurst Park hasta un lago cercano, donde cogen un bote.

Aunque la letra de la composici贸n es una definici贸n de principios, la idea de la canci贸n no es solo que Lennon est茅 pidiendo perd贸n a Yoko por sus celos, sino que adem谩s le explica el hecho diciendo: "Es como soy". Al final, la letra sentencia: "I'm just a jealous guy - watch out/look out", que puede traducirse al espa帽ol como "soy un chico celoso, ten cuidado."

Si bien la relaci贸n entre John y Yoko es conocida como uno de los romances m谩s publicitados del siglo XX, existi贸 un periodo a comienzos de los a帽os setenta, poco despu茅s de la separaci贸n de The Beatles, en el que John se sinti贸 enredado en una espiral autodestructiva. El consumo desmesurado de alcohol ser铆a cada vez m谩s frecuente, provocando un distanciamiento con Yoko. Durante este periodo, John reescribir铆a "Child of Nature" para dar lugar a "Jealous Guy".

Previamente, John hab铆a tenido problemas de celos con su primera mujer, Cynthia Powell, que continuaron al romper su matrimonio y empezar una nueva relaci贸n sentimental con Yoko. Yoko coment贸: "隆(La canci贸n) lo dice todo! Despu茅s de que empez谩ramos a salir juntos me hizo escribir una lista con los nombres de todos los hombres con que me hab铆a acostado. En un principio, lo hice de forma casual; luego descubr铆 lo serio que era para John." Lennon hab铆a plasmado esta envidia en la canci贸n de 1965 "Run for Your Life" del 谩lbum Rubber Soul de The Beatles. En esta dice "preferir铆a verte muerta antes de que est茅s con otro hombre".



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@leonardolupini3484

Back in 1980, I bumped into John by chance at the Carlton Hotel in Johannesburg. He was coming down on the escalator and I was going up. I was completely stunned as he passed! I went straight back down and found him in the hotel foyer, talking to two other people. I asked the concierge for a pen and John signed an autograph for me before going outside and climbing into a waiting car. It was all so surreal!

@AvitalShtap

That's amazing:DDD what did he say to ya?

@TheNowhereMen

Do you still have the autograph?

@leonardolupini3484

@@AvitalShtap He said he was going on a safari. Yoko was not with him I recall; perhaps she was still upstairs. I will never forget that day.

@leonardolupini3484

@@TheNowhereMen Yes I still have the autograph

@TheVeek192

@@leonardolupini3484 Of course you do!

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@aspectgaming2548

back in the early 70's my then boyfriend, now husband, while living in New York, as a struggling musician, had a rare opportunity to have a car, and we were taking to Rhode Island for a weekend. As we were leaving the city, we saw John Lennon and a companion, hailing a cab. We asked if he needed a lift, he agreed and we took him to the Dakota. It was probably the most THRILLING day of my life. He was gracious unpretentious, and humble and twice as handsome in person. My boyfriend/husband chit chatted with him about music and the last thing he said as we dropped him and his friend off, was...."if I ever need a mad musician I will call you gary," My boyfriend/husband, had given him our phone number. I did say a few words to him while he was in THE BACK SEAT OF OUR CAR!!!!! but, being the BIGGEST BEatle fan in the WORLD, as a young teenager, I was in a state of shock.

@markhowardmarley9841

What a great story, great memory for the two of you to have. Thank you for sharing. Cheers.

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