Sunday, October 3rd, 2010...10:39 pm

“Imagine”

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        After the Beatles broke up in 1970, each member released their own solo album. John Lennon, released his second solo album titled “Imagine” in 1971. This is a time when performers began to include their personal political views in their music. Lennon proves through this song that the world would be a much better place if everyone would put aside any petty issues and move on.

 

 

       “Imagine” appeared on John Lennon’s second solo album “Imagine”, released in September of 1971 on Capitol Label. As well as, EMI Music Distribution. The song is three minutes and five seconds long. (Ruhlmann) Although this song is not that long, Lennon truly has a way with how he delivers his message.

 

       The song “Imagine” was written by John Lennon and many believe that it was inspired by his wife Yoko Ono’s poetry. (Ruhlmann) The song itself is very simple, it has a soft melody and the lyrics seem as though they are being spoken as opposed to being sung. “Imagine” was composed on the piano and is not very complicated. I believe that Lennon chose to keep the melody simple to reiterate the message he was trying to send.

       His idea for an ideal world would be one without separation. No cultural boarders, no religions, no language barriers, no racial discrimination, instead everyone would live together united and peaceful.

“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”

     Lennon presents this song with a feeling of optimism, that one day we could live this way. The fact that this song is preformed so simply and soft spoken truly gives me the impression that his intention was not to make a hit song but to inform the world of his visions of how we would be better off if we all could live as one.

“You may say that 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”

     Lennon’s songs became an anthem for anti-war movements, with hopes that if he could make people listen they too would follow his peaceful ways. He points out that people may not think this idea of world peace could be possible, referring to himself as a “dreamer”. Yet he’s not the “only one”, and if people could look past what they have always known and view the world with no boundaries, we could be 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”

     Lennon challenges us to imagine life without possessions, hinting that we allow them to control our lives. That these “possessions” are all we care about and they cause us to become greedy and inconsiderate of others around us. To this day we still find ourselves worrying about superficial things instead of other people. If we could all look past these barriers and live as one, “sharing all the world”, the world would truly be a better place.

 

Works Cited
Ruhlmann, William. “Imagine.” Allmusic. Rovi Corporation, n.d. Web. 2 Oct 2010. .
              <http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=33:3if      yxcwkldhe>.

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5 Comments

  • This song is one of the most beautiful, stunning songs ever written. The message that Lennon is trying to get across is to inspire people to treat each other with love and respect. The sad thing is when most people listen to the song they are embracing it, but once it’s over it goes in one ear and out the other. It’s a song about forgetting the things that make us turn against each other and realize we are all in this life together living and breathing the same air. Excellent analysis each line is broken down into great detail.

  • I definitely agree with that. Each line was broken down and discussed in great detail to further explain what lennon was referring to. I also believe that he performed in a very soft spoken way because it relays the message of peace and harmony better then if it were sung in a loud or yelling manner. I thought the piano and soft beats helped express the message just as much as the lyrics and tone of voice did. When he put them all together it clearly gave us a picture of what the world would be like without war, discrimination, and barriers of every kind. Good song choice.

  •   Marya Tambawala
    October 11th, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Great song choice. Nearly 40 years later, this song still carries an important message that should be heard around the world. I also agree with Laura, that his tone of voice is essential in delivering his message.

  • Imagine is truly a great song written by one of the best lyrical artist in the world. The message of the song is very clear imagine if no wolrdly pleasurses existed would we still learn to love and respect each other. Could we live in a world of peace? This song should be the peace anthem of today youths facing all kind of obstacles. Listening to the words and his voice brings me to a peace of mind.

  • I honestly believe Imagine is one of greatest songs of all time. Everything about this song; the melody, his voice, the piano, and the lyrics make this song so wonderful and out of this world. I get emotional everytime i hear Imagine on my ipod, radio, or on tv. Is just one of those songs that gets to you no matter where you are. good song choice, and i really enjoyed reading your paper.

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