Three minutes and thirty three seconds make up Capitol Records single #2248, "Games People Play", the first Top 40 hit for Joe South as a performer after his finding chart success with other artists as a writer/producer/arranger. And for those who applauded Vinnie Bell's watery guitar sounds on Ferrante & Teicher's "Midnight Cowboy" theme, keep in mind that went Top 10 in November of 1969 while Joe South projected an equally transcendant six string presentation on this single nine months earlier, as well as on a tune called "Mirror Of Your Mind". This particular song was happening at the same time Kenny Rogers was taking Mike Settle's "But You Know I Love You" almost as far up the charts, and the sentiment and stylings are very similar - though South's production work is more experimental. Unique percussion work mixes well with floating backing vocals which complement that country/soul lead voice so perfectly. When the fiddle comes in against the guitar with strings to boot (in the verse after the first chorus) it creates a truly innovative pop fabric. Those guitars and strings meet an organ in the middle which singer Buzzy Linhart notes Joe South no doubt picked up on when he did Dylan's Blonde On Blonde sessions circa1966. It was exactly a year when the "sequel", if you will - "Walk A Mile In My Shoes", equaled the chart position of this tune and got the message even heavier.