Imagine John Lennon today

On the 8th of December 1980, a legend of rock and roll and one of the most powerful peace advocates of the 20th century was killed on his way...

On the 8th of December 1980, a legend of rock and roll and one of the most powerful peace advocates of the 20th century was killed on his way home in New York. John Lennon was forty years old; he had recently come back to the music scene after the beatles split up ten years earlier.

Produced in 1971, by John Lennon and his life partner Yoko Ono, and released in 1975, ‘Imagine’ envisions a future where America would end the war in Vietnam, and the world would see peace. Several poems from Yoko Ono’s 1964 book Grapefruit and a prayer book given to him and Ono from social activist Dick Gregory inspired Lennon to write the lyrics for “Imagine”. John Lennon declared that the song was the concept of a positive prayer, but contains no religious link. The song can be adapted to many political and social contexts and still be extremely relevant today.

His song ‘Imagine’ is still today a soundtrack of hope and peace; it was recently used as the song of UNICEF’s campaign to draw attention to the challenges that children face in this world, and to help raise money for the organization. The fact that  40 years after it was published, the song is still used to raise a message and do political activism is simply amazing, and  just an example of how powerful his song was.

Once released, it ranked number 30 on the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of the 365 Songs of the Century bearing the most historical significance. In 2002 it became Britain’s second favorite single of all time, coming after ‘Bohemian Rapsody’ by Queen. Rolling Stone placed the song as the third in the list of 500 best songs of all time , and we now cannot imagine a world without Imagine.

The song has inspired several human rights campaigns such as the ‘Imagine there’s no Hunger” campaign, concentrating on food Justice.  John Lennon was an influential advocate of justice and peace, and was one of the few who genuinely  believed in such principles.

This is one of those songs which should not need further words, and I have already said too much.

 

 

 

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’s 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

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Virginia Vigliar

Virginia is a freelance journalist and editor based in Barcelona. She has worked in the development sector in Malawi and Kenya and Somalia before returning to Europe, where she gained experience in the United Kingdom, Norway, and Spain. She is currently also collaborating with Oxfam. She is a passionate advocate of human rights and freedom of speech. To see her work, look at her website here: http://virginiavigliar.com/
One Comment
  • Maria Neunteufel
    8 December 2015 at 10:25 pm
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    Robin Mohr, hach wenn die wüssten. Imagine he would live in Osnabrück…

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