Serve Yourself Lyrics

John Lennon


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: John Lennon
album: Track in album Anthology
release date: 1998-11-2
popularity : 41 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock
styles: Pop Rock/Rock & Roll
length: 3:50

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John Lennon Anthology cover art
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You say you found Jesus Christ;
He's the only one.
You say you've found Buddha,
Sittin' in the sun.
You say you found Mohammed,
Facin' to the East.
You say you found Krishna,
Dancin' in the streets.

Well there's somethin' missing in this God Almighty stew,
And it's your mother, (your mother, don't forget your mother, lad.)
You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do it for you.
You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do it for you.

Well you may believe in devils, and you may believe in lords,
But if you don't go out and serve yourself, lad, ain't no room service here.
It's still the same old story,
A bloody Holy War,
A fight for love and glory.
Ain't gonna study war no more.
A fight for God and country.

We're gonna set you free,
We'll put you back in the Stone Age,
If you won't be like me, get it?
You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do for you.
You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do for you.

Well you may believe in devils, and you may believe in lords,
But Christ, you're gonna have to serve yourself, and that's all there is to it.
So get right back here; it's in the bloody fridge. God, when I was a kid,
Didn't have stuff like this; TV-****in' dinners and all that crap.
You ****in' kids are all the ****in' same! Want a ****in' car now
Lucky to have a pair of shoes!

You tell me you found Jesus Christ,
Well that's great, and he's the only one.
You say you just found Buddha,
Sittin' on his ***, in the sun.
You say you found Mohammed,
Kneeling on a bloody carpet, facin' the East.
You say you found Krishna,
With a bald head, dancin' in the street.
(Well, Christ, now you're being heard.)

You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do for you.
You got to serve yourself,
Ain't nobody gonna do for you.
(That's right, lad, you better get that straight into your ****in' head.)
You got to serve yourself. (You know that; who else is gonna do it for you?
It ain't me I tell you that.)
Well, you may believe in Jesus, and you may believe in Marx,
And you may believe in Marks and Spencer's, and you may believe in bloody

Woolworths,
But there's something missing in this whole bloody stew.
And it's your mother; your poor, bloody, mother. (She worked for you in the
Back bedroom, full of piss, and ****, and ****in' midwives. God, you can't
Forget that awful moment, you know. You should have been in the bloody
War, lad, and you would know all about it. Well, I'll tell you something...)

It's still the same old story.
A Holy, bloody, War, you know, with the Pope and all that stuff.
A fight for love and glory.
Ain't gonna study no more war.
A fight for God and country, and the Queen, and all that.
We're gonna set you free;
Bomb you back into the ****in' Stone Age

If you won't be like me, you know, get down on your knees and pray.
Well there's somethin' missing in this God Almighty stew,
And it's your goddamn mother you dirty little git, now.
Get in there and wash yer ears!


Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 Working Class Hero
  • 2 God
  • 3 I Found Out
  • 4 Hold On
  • 5 Isolation
  • 6 Love
  • 7 Mother
  • 8 Remember
  • 9 Imagine (Take 1)
  • 10 "Fortunately"
  • 11 Baby Please Don't Go
  • 12 Oh My Love
  • 13 Jealous Guy
  • 14 Maggie Mae
  • 15 How Do You Sleep?
  • 16 God Save Oz
  • 17 Do the Oz
  • 18 I Don't Want to Be a Soldier
  • 19 Give Peace a Chance
  • 20 Look at Me
  • 21 Long Lost John
    CD 2
  • 1 New York City
  • 2 Attica State (live)
  • 3 Imagine (live)
  • 4 Bring On the Lucie
  • 5 Woman Is the Nigger of the World
  • 6 Geraldo Rivera-One to One Concert
  • 7 Woman Is the Nigger of the World (live)
  • 8 It's So Hard (live)
  • 9 Come Together (live)
  • 10 Happy Xmas
  • 11 Luck of the Irish (live)
  • 12 John Sinclair (live)
  • 13 The David Frost Show
  • 14 Mind Games (I Promise)
  • 15 Mind Games (Make Love, Not War)
  • 16 One Day at a Time
  • 17 I Know
  • 18 I'm the Greatest
  • 19 Goodnight Vienna
  • 20 Jerry Lewis Telethon
  • 21 "A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"
  • 22 Real Love
  • 23 You Are Here
    CD 3
  • 1 What You Got
  • 2 Nobody Loves You When You're Down and Out
  • 3 Whatever Gets You Through the Night (home)
  • 4 Whatever Gets You Through the Night (studio)
  • 5 Yesterday (parody)
  • 6 Be Bop a Lula
  • 7 Rip It Up / Ready Teddy
  • 8 Scared
  • 9 Steel and Glass
  • 10 Surprise, Surprise (Sweet Bird of Paradox)
  • 11 Bless You
  • 12 Going Down on Love
  • 13 Move Over Ms. L
  • 14 Ain't She Sweet
  • 15 Slippin' and Slidin'
  • 16 Peggy Sue
  • 17 Bring It On Home to Me / Send Me Some Lovin'
  • 18 Phil and John 1
  • 19 Phil and John 2
  • 20 Phil and John 3
  • 21 "When in Doubt, Fuck It"
  • 22 Be My Baby
  • 23 Stranger's Room
  • 24 Old Dirt Road
    CD 4
  • 1 I'm Losing You
  • 2 Sean's "Little Help"
  • 3 Serve Yourself
  • 4 My Life
  • 5 Nobody Told Me
  • 6 Life Begins at 40
  • 7 I Don't Wanna Face It
  • 8 Woman
  • 9 Dear Yoko
  • 10 Watching the Wheels
  • 11 I'm Stepping Out
  • 12 Borrowed Time
  • 13 The Rishi Kesh Song
  • 14 Sean's "Loud"
  • 15 Beautiful Boy
  • 16 Mr. Hyde's Gone (Don't Be Afraid)
  • 17 Only You
  • 18 Grow Old With Me
  • 19 Dear John
  • 20 The Great Wok
  • 21 Mucho Mungo
  • 22 Satire 1
  • 23 Satire 2
  • 24 Satire 3
  • 25 Sean's "In the Sky"
  • 26 It's Real