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Got My Mind Set on You

"Got My Mind Set on You" is a song written by Rudy Clark and originally recorded by James Ray in 1962.

A cover version by former Beatle George Harrison from his album Cloud Nine reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 1988. It was the last song, number 11, on the album. Two music videos were released for that song, one of which starred a young Alexis Denisof. Produced by Harrison and former ELO member Jeff Lynne, the song was his third and last solo US number one, after "My Sweet Lord" in 1970 and "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)" in 1973. It was also the last number one single, to date, by any of the solo Beatles in the United States. The single's B-side is "Lay His Head", written by Harrison. The 12" version of the single also adds an extended version of "Got My Mind Set On You". The song went to #2 on the United World Chart, kept off the top spot by George Michael's "Faith". Oddly enough, the song was not included on the album "The Best of George Harrison," despite its #2 spot.

Shakin' Stevens recorded the song for his 2006 album Now Listen.

Lyrics

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

But its gonna take money

A whole lotta spending money

It’s gonna take plenty of money

To do it right, child

It’s gonna take time

A whole lot of precious time

It’s gonna take patience and time, mmm

To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it,

To do it right, child

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

And this time I know it’s for real

The feeling that I feel

I know if I put my mind to it

I know that I really can do it

I got my mind set on you

Set on you

I got my mind set on you

Set on you

But it’s gonna take money

A whole lotta spending money

It’s gonna take plenty of money

To do it right, child

It’s gonna take time

A whole lot of precious time

It’s gonna take patience and time, mmm

To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it,

To do it right

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

I got my mind set on you

And this time I know it’s for real

The feelings that I feel

I know if I put my mind to it

I know that I really can do it

But it’s gonna take money

A whole lotta spending money

It’s gonna take plenty of money

To do it right, child

It’s gonna take time

A whole lot of precious time

It’s gonna take patience and time, mmm

To do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it,

To do it right

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Videos

The 80s hit has two videos, one where George is surrounded by inanimate objects that are actually very animated: swaying, dancing and singing around the room. It starts off with his dog in a chair, who seems spooked by either the objects or George coming his way. George plays guitar in his chair while all the objects move until a musical break when he does a back-flip and then his own dance under spotlight in the middle of the room. He then returns to his seat by jumping over the back of it to play guitar and sing again. The other video features Alexis Denisof. It focuses on a boy and a girl in an arcade, and the boy (Denisof) is pining for the girl. He sees that she tries to win a ballerina doll out of game but fails, so as she goes to watch a video of George playing in a band, singing “Got My Mind Set on You,” the boy tries over and over to get the doll for the girl. The boy ends up getting the doll, only after it falls into the video the girl is watching and dances around George and his bandmates. The boy hands the doll to the girl, and one can infer that they live “happily ever after.”

George in a Room Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_niy2ZM5Jo

Arcade Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOCBRkXlg-c

MP3

You can listen to the song on last.fm: http://www.last.fm/music/George+Harrison/_/Got+My+Mind+Set+on+You

Parodies

Harrison's version of the song was parodied by "Weird Al" Yankovic on his 1988 album Even Worse, as "(This Song's Just) Six Words Long".

Use in television

"Got My Mind Set on You," Harrison's version was used as the title for an episode of Degrassi: Next Generation. Each episode is titled with a song. Airing on April 14, 2008, “Got My Mind Set on You” was episode 15 of season 7. In this episode, the adorable and witty Rachel joins three boys to make a “How-To” video project. These three boys are Peter, Danny and Derek. The group has confidence due to Peter’s video skills and having a female in the group. The film they make is a comical dating instruction video. Derek is set on asking Rachel out, however Rachel actually has feelings for Danny, Derek’s best friend. When Derek finds this out, jealousy forces him to do things he never could have imagined, even to his friend. This episode also focuses on Emma, who is having trouble at school and at home. She seeks help from Damian who is eager to comfort her – that is, until Emma turns up the heat.

Various Promos for this episode can be found at the following links:

The N Promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7AKuNagIjBg

CTV Promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6st3BPWKfI

Sneak Peek: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3AXPd1-IfFQ

Chart performance (George Harrison version)

Chart (1988) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
Australian Kent Music Report 1
UK Singles Chart 2
German Singles Chart 7
Austrian Singles Chart 8
Swedish Singles Chart 10
Norway VG-lista Singles Chart 10
Swiss Singles Chart 11
French SNEP Top 100 Singles Chart 19
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 64
United World Chart 2

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