Sunday, November 29, 2009


I know I will probably get stalked and shot by a rabid John Lennon fan, but I hate this song. Whenever someone sings it on TV, I change the channel faster than a Wal-Mart shopper on black Friday. Most people think it is a song about love and peace, but it really isn't. It is a song about religious bigotry and hating America. There is nothing peaceful about trashing on loyalty to country. The tune may be lovely, emotional and all it needs to be to get the peeps heads swaying back and forth like little stoned hippies, but the song sucks. The words are nothing to sway wistfully about:

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...

In other words, this is how I, John Lennon want the world to be. People living for the moment with no worry of consequences or accountability...ew ew ew hooo ew ew ew. Yes John let's be selfish and live for today, for tomorrow we shall die. Who cares about that wrong and right stuff. Let's be the me generation, that concept worked out so well. Imagine living for our own pleasure! I just might...

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...

These lines are my favorite. Imagine there no countries. OK which one would you do away with first? America, England, Mexico or maybe Russia? No borders, no culture, no commonality, no diversity, nothing but one big blob of sameness. But what about multi-culturalism? What will the libbies do for their tolerance seminars? No religion is something to strive for. It is what the left wants. No religion to go against their warped ideas of morality. No one pushing those pesty Judeo-Christian traditions. They are so annoying with their judging. Religious folks are freaks really, imagine living without them. Will people really live life in peace without religion or a country to die for? No. It only means you are a communist bastard telling people what they can or can not worship. Such a lofty imagination...dreaming of ridding the world of most of it's belief system, in God no less. But how could there be anyone greater than John and Yoko...what was I thinking. OOPS, my bad, there is Obama.

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.

No offense. I don't want to live as one with the world...not now anyway. I like America. Crazy cult leader, keep dreaming about the United States of the World with you as the President.

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...

These lines just don't work, they contradict each other. How can we have no hunger if we have no possessions? No one really has a need for greed, but more of a want. Greed is about wanting too much, not needing too much. I think sharing is nice and I was taught to share at an early age, but the sharing you want takes away our agency and that is just wrong. I hate this song. Please don't sing it around me ever and erase it from your itunes if you have it. It sucks big weenie song rocks and I think it should be the anthem for the worthless democrats in our country. Instead of "Oh say can you see" they should sing "Imagine there no heaven"'s perfect. They hate us religious folks and America so have at it dem's. Sorry Yoko and John. But this is the worst song ever written and I stand by that claim.


Bungalow Bill said...

It's not one of my favorite songs of Lennon's. It contradictory in many ways of the way he lived. He wasn't this peaceful man like they claim. He had a very dark side, but his legacy has been built around this song. If overlooks the ugly side of John all so we can smile when we see his art on baby clothes and whatever else these days.

namaste said...

AWESOME post, nik! whenever i hear this song, i roll my eyes and think, hippies. but i have never truly listened to ALL of the lyrics. i'm glad you layed it out here and clarified what it's really about.

Brenda Jean said...

Well, I actually never took that song or any of the Beatles song seriously. For some bizarre reason groups like them, The Who, Yes, etc. were treated like philosophers. People shaking their heads and saying "oh, they are SO wise. What wonderful ideas." These groups were high on drugs and booze-they weren't wise EVER. They were selfish, fuzzy headed and lame:) Okay, off my soapbox!

skiriki said...

I HATE this song! Always have. More of that utopian drivel. Whatever.

Sandi said...

In order to appreciate this song, you have to hold a lighter while you sway back and forth! And probably be stoned. You young whipper-snappers just don't understand the 60's. I think he may have been trying to channel Utopia, but not having any possessions would be Utopia to me!

susana said...

imagine there's no 12 virgins waiting in heaven, it's easy if you try.

or how about..

imagine women are not to be subservient, it's easy if you try.

or perhaps.... imagine the germanic race is not superior to all others.

my personal pick would be...imagine casear was not to be rendered unto, it's easy if you try.

this is getting fun... I like this song more and more all the time. get out the lighter...I'm going to start crooning.

My fav Lennon/McCartney song ever, ever was "everybody's got a feeling"
I'll send you the ringtone if you want =D

skiriki said...

ROFLMAO! Susana, those were so funny. You're pretty good. I see a game worth millions being sold in Wally World's everywhere. Monopoly be damned! I think you should cash in. Lennon would be proud. :-P

Righty64 said...

AMEN, SISTER! Look, John Lennon went on his own on the back of his Beatles career. And he sucked. And, this song absolutly SUCKS! It shows that those "in the know" do not know much. Great post!

El Cerdo Ignatius said...

John Lennon made some great music. This song, though, was not part of the great stuff. Your words: "But this is the worst song ever written and I stand by that claim." Right on. I cringe every time I hear it on the radio.

Janelle said...

All I could think when I heard this song....... time to retire, the best days are behind you. Fingernails on a blackboard or 'Oh, Yoko" would have been sufficient to know that Lennon should stop.

ba and the boys said...

only song worse is that christmas song he did with yoko 'war is over'.

Bethany said...

Thank you! That's just how I feel! My least favorite part is that he's not only trashing on religion, he's making himself out to be an innocent idealist while doing so. "You may say I'm just a dreamer?" I don't say he's a dreamer, I say he's an atheist using music to push his views as what we all should hope for. Well I'm a dreamer, and I resent this song for making an atheist world out to be the best. Thank you! ^_^

Kuala Lumpur said...

The fact that you call YOURSELF sarcastic and humorous is pretty highlarious.As for imagine, the song plain sucks. It's elementary compared to anything the Beatles have done. But the reasons why you HATE it is pretty stupid if you dont mind me saying. America isn't perfect. The world isn't perfect. Lennon has every right to hate it. Also being the American you are, its likely this comment will never make it. Prove me wrong.

SpunkysMum said...

You're not the only one. I hate it too, and have always planned to get around to doing my own dissection of it.

SMC said...

I think your post is great! I dislike J.L. so much that I removed a hand drawn picture in a beach rental home in N.C. that I knew I would not be able to look at for the whole week! I think Paul was the main reason the Beatles were as successful as they were. If a man can be judged by his choice in women than J.L. was a LOSER!

PaddyGoo said...

Oh for goodness sake get over yourself and stop being paranoid - the concept is simple.
1. No religion - They are devisive and cause conflict, and as they are all man made, believing in a non existant entity is a ridiculous concept.
2. No countries - therefore no flag waving idiots hating people who aren't under their silly bit of colored cotton, no invasions of other countries because they have what you want.

I guess you to be a Republican after that "hates America" nonsense - he moved to the USA and got a Green Card because he loved the country, even with all it's faults.

However Imagine is a truly awful song, lyrically it's mawkish, immature and the tune is dire - that's why I turn it off.

IAmNotARussianSpy said...

@PaddyGoo: The last paragraph attacks Democrats - of course she's a Republican.

Not that I approve of the above, but saying God is fake in no uncertain terms is exactly why she hates this song in the first place, and it's also why I stopped taking you seriously after the phrase "believing in a non existant entity". (Well, that and the grammar.)

jack johnson said...

i accidentally stumbled upon the post and was horrified.Its saying imagine that dude was being cool and not a dick imagine whatever, as long as it isnt hurting anyone elses well being. Dude got shot after signing a fans autograph...Actually got a message out with his music, (Unlike most crap on radios today) and yeah it was about being peaceful and trying to find happiness what wrong with that? Need more people like this today with all te violence across the world today.

Ralph Lane said...

Imagine no possessions? Some people don't have to imagine it. They haven't got any. In one of his other songs, Lennon boasted about staying in bed at the Amsterdam Hilton for a week. I'm sure many people who have "no possessions" would like to stay in the Amsterdam Hilton for one minute. Lennon was a millionaire hypocrite. "Dreaming" doesn't cancel that. I was born in England in 1948 so the Beatles were very much part of the soundtrack of my youth but I never bought in to Lennon's pseudo-political shit. Give me the honest raunchy rhythm-and-blues of the Stones any day.

Ralph Lane said...

Oh, I forgot to mention: the melody is banal; the arrangement verges on the non-existent. The overall effect is of a dreary dirge, yet it's supposed to be a hymn of ecstasy. Yuk.

Synthetrix said...

I couldn't agree more. While musically catchy I always thought the lyrics were shite.