Games People Play



Joe South

Oh the games people play now
Every night and every day now
Never meaning what they say now
Never saying what they mean

And they wile away the hours
In their ivory towers
Till they're covered up with flowers
In the back of a black limousine

La-da da da da da da da
La-da da da da da de
Talking 'bout you and me
And the games people play

Oh we make one another cry
Break a heart then we say goodbye
Cross our hearts and we hope to die
That the other was to blame

Neither one will give in
So we gaze at our eight by ten
Thinking 'bout the things that might have been
It's a dirty rotten shame


People walking up to you
Singing glory hallelulia
And they're tryin to sock it to you
In the name of the Lord

They're gonna teach you how to meditate
Read your horoscope, cheat your faith
And further more to hell with hate
Come on and get on board


Look around tell me what you see
What's happening to you and me
God grant me the serenity
To remember who I am

Cause you've given up your sanity
For your pride and your vanity
Turns you sad on humanity
And you don't give a da da da da da


Writer/s: SOUTH, JOE
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On December 28th, 1969, "Games People Play" by Joe South entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on February 8th, 1970 it peaked at #12 (for 2 weeks) and also spent 12 weeks on the Top 100...
Between 1958 and 1971 he had eight Top 100 hits; with "Games People Play" being his biggest hit...
R.I.P. Mr. South (1940 - 2012).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
The Squires ‎– Games People Play / Funky Bayswater
Label: Vega ‎– 3.511
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
Country: France
Released: 1969

Billy Preston, Tom Jones & Engelbert Humperdinck on the unknown TV show in 1970(?), perform fantastic version of this hit... see on Youtube.
- dimges, Skopje, Macedonia
The lyrics of this song are just as pertinent today as they were when they were written.
- Linda, Inland Empire, CA
Joe played a Danelectro electric sitar on this record to give it the strange opening intro. South also played guitar on "Sweet Pea" by Tommy Roe!
- coy, Palestine, TX
Joe also wrote and recorded "Don't it Make You Want to Go Home," a staple in my Ipod.
- Rob, Detroit, MI
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