“Imagine” John Lennon

Let us start with “Imagine” for John Lennon, when you listen to the song you need to close your eyes and really Imagine!

Lennon is asking us to imagine a world where religion, possession attachment, and country borders, simply do not exist.

Where peace can be achieved and he is making the honest claim that if he is a dreamer he is not the only one and that even if there are very few dreamers, there should not be few but many.

The original song released in 1971. It is claimed that the song was inspired from Yoko Ono’s book “Grapefruit” and that Lennon later felt that the song should have been a Lennon/Ono Collaboration.

The song became a building stone and inspiration to many other contributions in the road to peace like the concept of Nutopia: The Country of Peace created in 1973 and Yoko’s “Imagine Peace Tower” in Iceland (coming from a verse in the song “Imagine all the People living Life in Peace”). Nutopia was a new version of a Utopian concept in New York City April Fool’s Day in 1973, Lennon and Yoko introduced the idea in a press conference.

Lennon had continuous struggles with his green card and presence on American soil and so his statement was as follows:

“We announce the birth of a conceptual country, Nutopia. Citizenship of the country can be obtained by declaration of your awareness of its mere existence. Nutopia has no land, no boundaries, no passports, only people. Nutopia has no laws other than cosmic. All people of Nutopia are ambassadors of the country. As two ambassadors of Nutopia, we ask for diplomatic immunity and recognition in the United Nations for our country and its people”. 

Lennon included a symbolic anthem for Nutopia in his following album “Mind Games”. In the book “Lennon in America” by Geoffrey Giuliano, Lennon commented that “Imagine” was an

“Anti-Religious, Anti-Nationalistic, Anti-Conventional, and Anti-Capitalistic Song, but because its sugar coated, it’s accepted” he was breaching the issue of using a soft approach to reach a wider audience.

What better to end with then Jimmy Carter’s words regarding the song in 2006 “In many countries around the world, my wife and I have visited about 125 countries; you hear John Lennon’s song “Imagine” used as equally as national anthems”.

In the end, here are the lyrics to Lennon’s masterpiece ‘Imagine:

 Imagine there’s no Heaven                                      

 It’s easy if you try

No hell below us

Above us only sky

Imagine all the people

Living for today…

Imagine there is no countries

It isn’t hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

Imagine all the people

Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions

I wonder if you can

No need for greed or hunger

A brotherhood of man

Imagine all the people

Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will live as one

The End or is it ONLY the Beginning =)

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