Peace of Mind/The Candle Burns

1973 song

\"Peace of Mind\"

Song Released



c. 1967-68


Psychedeliaacid folkavant-garde




Unknown (attributed to Lennon–McCartney or George Harrison)

\"Peace of Mind\" (also known as \"Piece of Mind\" or \"The Candle Burns\") is the title given to a song of unknown origin that has been attributed as a 1967 recording by the Beatles on bootleg recordings. The song has the sound quality of a home-produced demo, and was supposedly recovered from a rubbish container at Apple Corps headquarters in 1970.

The cover of 20x4 (1978) – another bootleg album to contain \"Peace of Mind\".

Other possible origins

A number of other theories about the song\'s origin have been proposed. Some have judged it \"merely some stoned bootleggers with a tape recorder and too much time on their hands.\" Others have considered it a demo by the late Syd Barrett, founding member of Pink Floyd, with the song even appearing on some bootlegs of Pink Floyd material. The song has also been suggested to be the work of The Pretty Things, who, like Pink Floyd, were recording in Abbey Road Studios in 1967 while the Beatles were there making Sgt. Pepper\'s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

One theory suggests that rather than being found in the Apple trash, the song was actually an outtake from the group Trash who recorded for Apple Records. Finally, since Apple was flooded with demo tapes after a 1968 ad campaign, it could be just what would be expected in the trash at Apple Records: a rejected demo from one of countless hopeful bands, whose members abandoned their musical aspirations long before the track became public.


^ Winn, John C. (2006). Beatlegmania. Multiplus Books. p. 25. ISBN 0-9728362-3-3.

^ a b Reinhart 1981, p. 152.

^ Reinhart 1981, p. 272.

^ Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1975). All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975. Ballantine Books. p. 258. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.

^ a b McKinney 2003, pp. 303–304.

^ a b MacKeown, Patrick (September 2006). \"\"Peace of Mind\": Blatant Forgery or Undiscovered Beatles Song\". Ear Candy. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2009.

^ a b Unterberger 2006, pp. 359–360.

^ Winn, John (May 1998). \"Beatles Bootleg History\". About The Beatles. Retrieved 1 May 2009.

^ Fields, Gaylord (29 July 2008). \"Fake Beatles No. 15: The Mystery of \'Peace of Mind/The Candle Burns\'\". WFMU\'s Beware of the Blog. Retrieved 1 May 2009.


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