Beatles POM large

While other tracks put forward to the bootleg buying public as Beatles outtakes, like “Have You Heard The Word”, “L.S. Bumble Bee” and “People Say/I’m Walking” could finally be traced back to their original singles, the same cannot be said for “Peace Of Mind” (aka “The Candle Burns”). There are those who to this day believe they hear “them”.

From a discussion of this recording on the Steve Hoffman forum:

“Peace Of Mind. What an eerie tune. I don’t think it Beatle-worthy material. I thought that I read once that Pink Floyd (Barrett) was considered the writer/originator of the clip.”

“It still does sound a lot like The Beatles to me….especially the part “we’ll build things never built before, we’ll do things never done”….sounds like Macca and John harmonizing.”

“Not even a stoned out of their minds Lennon and McCartney would write or sing such an unmelodic piece of garbage like Peace of Mind. Even when you look at Lennon’s albums with Yoko, his actual music (Beatle and solo) was kept strictly separate from his avant garde “experiments” (i.e. there is no mistaking one for the other).

One thing about the music of the Beatles, no matter how psychedelic or experimental it was, you always knew, without a doubt, it was the Beatles.

While we’re on this subject, it puzzles me to no end how some fans still believe that the versions of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” and “I Need You” on the bootleg Rough Notes are sung by Paul and John, respectively. The singer on I Want You sounds nothing like Macca and the drumming is certainly not Ringo but some Ginger Baker wannabe. And as for I Need You, it sounds like an bad outtake from a Bread album. If anyone believes John could actually compose and sing such a song in 1969 while writing material such as Cold Turkey, Come Together and (the real) I Want You during the same time period is delusional.”

“I believe the first bootleg to feature this song was “Backtrax”, which came out in 1973. John was available to fans during his “lost weekend” late 1973-early 1975, to the point of trading bootlegs (he collected them). It’s been reported that he had no idea where this song came from.Apple insiders report that the Beatles spent only a few days listening to the mountain of tapes that came to Apple, and just chucked them into a back room that was eventually filled to capacity.
John also contributed a few tracks to bootleggers at this time: his acetate of “How Do You Do It” and the 45 edit of “What A Shame Mary Jane”.”





“We were listening to “The Candle Burns” around 1973 (used to have night parties at my high-school girlfriend’s cousin’s pad), but I don’t think it was earlier. I think the very first one I had was Bye Bye Bye Supertracks on CBM with a wraparound cover.  It didn’t fade out at the end, it devolved back into multi tracked (backwards?) vocals. Most later versions faded except Wizardos MMT soundtrack lp w/bonus tracks which used the original full-length version. Some later faded Candle Burns’s were cleaned up, particularly the relatively hi-fi Dr Robert lp [this is correct, it does sound cleaner on this Wizardo LP].
BBBS also debut’d Have You Heard The Word (TinTin?? whoever) and LS Bumble Bee (Cook & Moore), which nods towards the hoax. Early underground lp catalogs claimed POM was found in an Apple trash bin in 1970. This isn’t to prove it’s the Fabs (it wasn’t “leaked”), but it suggests to me that it MAY have been from the thousands of tapes, manuscripts, etc solicited by Apple to find new talent, then binned when A Klein came onboard. Jim Berkenstadt & Belmo interviewed the guy responsible for booting Sweet Apple Trax and POM CBM releases. He got all his Beatle source tapes from one collector (SAT was his crowning boot acheivement), and even he still wonders about the origins of POM. ”

” “Peace Of Mind” first appeared on the bootleg of the same name (CBM 3670) in spring 1973. “Bye Bye Bye/Supertracks” (CBM 3922) came out a few months later.

In applying logic to this, my reasoning is that “Peace Of Mind” has never turned up in any direct capacity related to The Beatles. It’s nowhere in the EMI vaults. It’s not copyrighted under any Beatle’s name. It’s nowhere on the hundreds of Nagra reels. No Beatle has ever mentioned, quoted from, or referred to such a song (except when asked about the bootleg track, and it’s never rung a bell with anyone). No lyric sheet has turned up in any Beatle’s handwriting.

In fact, the ONLY thing connecting it to the Beatles is the fact that someone put it on a Beatles bootleg back in 1973. ”

– John

Someone named John Roberts wrote the following to The 910 a few years ago:

“I recorded “Piece Of Mind” off-the-air in October or November, 1969 from WUSF-FM (stereo), the radio station for the University of South Florida, where it was broadcast on their “Underground Railroad” show (Beatles’ special). The recording quality of the radio broadcast and stereo separation is very good. However, the quality of “Piece Of Mind” itself is quite poor, due to the quality of the DJ’s tape…

The DJ at WUSF who claimed ownership of the tape states the tape of “POM” was given to him around the time of the release of “Strawberry Fields Forever” (1967). He also states that he had been playing this tape at WUSF at every Beatles special since that time.

Other data from the DJ –

– Tape was labeled “Piece Of Mind” rather than the commonly stated “Peace”.
– Original source of the tape told the DJ that it was a “basement” track recorded by The Beatles (or at least John and Paul) while tripping on acid.”


Meanwhile, on Youtube, someone named “Walton Jones” has posted the same text under several clips of the song: “It’s title is really “Piece of Mind.” I know because I wrote it and played it in 1970-71. All overdubs of myself, on an old Wollensak tape deck. Someone got ahold of the tape and sold it to someone in 1972 or 1973 claiming it to be a rare Beatles tune. It isn’t. It’s me. Sorry to disappoint. I suppose a voice print could prove it.”

Side 1: Peace Of Mind / Lend Me Your Comb / Carol [Pop Go The Beatles # 5, BBC radio, broadcast 16 July 1963] / Rip It Up – Shake Rattle And Roll / Kansas City – Miss Ann – Lawdy Miss Clawdy [Rock’n Roll medley from Let It Be soundtrack, one excellent and the other one in poor quality]                                                                                                                                                                 Side 2: I Feel Fine / I’m Down / Act Naturally / Ticket To Ride / Yesterday / Help! [Ed Sullivan Show, recorded 14 August 1965 and broadcast 12 September ’65]

The two BBC tracks (“horrible quality”) and the 1965 Ed Sullivan Show (“mediocre quality”) also made their bootleg debut on this album.

“In late spring 1973, CBM distributed another album, titled PEACE OF MIND, matrix WEC Rl-3670, which, among various material, also included a few songs taken from the BBC sessions, in low quality. Its first pressing had generic labels with side indications. In late 1974, this was copied by Amazon Etcetera records.” From ‘A COMPREHENSIVE BEATLES HISTORY of THE BEATLES’ BBC Bootleg Releases.’


I have only ever seen this album with two kinds of labels:

Beatles PoM blue ss

Yellow with large letter font

Beatles PoM purple

Or blank labels in different colors.


Beatles Peace of Mind

As Berkeley release # 2009

Beatles POM

A re-issue, also with 2009 matrix numbers.

  1. To me it’s the Beatles. I’ve read the Walton Jones thing on the tube…I’ve sent a private message to Walton to clarify the thing,but never answered….and after,he disappeared from the tube.

  2. David said:

    This is what I know of this song: “Candle Burns” originally appeared on an early-70’s bootleg featuring primarily Beatles songs from the Sgt.Pepper’s sessions. The song features Donovan on acoustic guitar with Harrison on lead vocals and sitar. It’s a Harrison demo which is why it doesn’t show up on EMI logs. Lennon learned the fingerpicking technique at the beginning of “Candle Burns” from Donovan to create the song “Dear Prudence.” Harrison “Candle Burns” with Donovan. It features a heavier sound which would later be found on Donovan’s “Hurdy Gurdy Man,” a song also co-written by Harrison. I had a friend who had the original bootleg (which was unbelievably scarce) featuring this song and it was well-known it was a Harrison demo (at the time) and the bootleg also credits Donovan and others on the song. I collected many, many Beatles bootlegs at this time and encountered no “fake” songs on any of them. Just my two cents.

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