It’s Gonna Get Ya’

By: sonofabeach96

Jan 26 2016

Category: Uncategorized


On this date, or tomorrows date, depending on whom one asks, in 1970, John Lennon wrote and recorded “Instant Karma” in one day.  This was not a common practice in that era, to write, arrange, and record all in the same day.  But when Lennon pitched the song to Phil Spector that morning, it took roughly 3 takes before it was completed to everyone’s satisfaction.  Spector, in fact, had a hand in several former Beatles’ recordings that year, including:

Let It Be for The Beatles,


All Things Must Pass for George Harrison,


and Plastic Ono Band for Lennon.


Karma is generally the belief that ones current actions can affect their next life, with good deeds being rewarded and bad deeds resulting in negative consequences.  Lennon’s take on this was more one of immediate accountability, as in what comes around, goes around, in the here and now.  In the song, he addresses critics of living harmonious and unified lives filled with hope.  However, according to Yoko Ono, he was coming from a place of invitation rather than condemnation towards them.  In a 1998 interview with Uncut, she said, “It’s like, ‘Let’s all be together and anybody who’s out there who’s not in this game, why don’t you join us?’  And to say, ‘We all shine on’, it’s a beautiful, beautiful thing, instead of saying some people are shining and some people are not.  It’s a really uplifting song.”

There were some notable contributions by other artists on the song.  George Harrison played guitar while Billy Preston played piano.  Alan White of Yes, who’d collaborated with the likes of George Harrison, Joe Cocker, and The Ventures to name a few, played drums on the track.  Interestingly, according to Phillip Norman, from the book John Lennon: The Life, the chorus consisted of Mal Evans (road manager, assistant, and friend of The Beatles),  Yoko Ono, and a group of strangers from a nearby pub called Hatchetts.

My songs of the day are:

“I’ve Seen All Good People” by Yes

“Pipeline” by The Ventures

“Bye Bye Blackbird” by Joe Cocker

“What Is Life” by George Harrison

“Instant Karma” by John Lennon

Oh, and one more tidbit from this date is that Lucinda Williams began her trips around the sun on this date in 1953.  I, for one, am so glad she did!  Love me some Lucinda!


So here’s one for the birthday girl:

“2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten” by Lucinda Williams

28 comments on “It’s Gonna Get Ya’”

  1. Great post on a wonderful song.
    So many songs that year.

    Sometimes when they remix those songs they do not do them justice.

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  2. Gotta love Karma……kat

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  3. Just went onto utube and listened to some of Lucinda Williams….I did recognize her songs….great voice….

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  4. Just LOVE that song

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  5. Love your blog name! It tickles me 😀

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