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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 borders, 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 performed 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. These “possessions” appear to be all we care about, causing 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.

 

 

        Throughout this song, Lennon tends to keep his voice very mellow. I believe he delivers the song this way to reiterate his peaceful message. However, there are a few points in his song in which his voice elevates above the overall tone of the single. I believe he raises his voice at these certain points to emphasize the meaning of his message. When Lennon sings, “Imagine all the people, living life in peace” along with, “And the world will live as one”, he raises his voice higher than the rest of the song. These are two different points in his song, and I believe Lennon felt that these two versus where the most powerful statements of them all. Which is why I feel he would want to sing them louder than the rest of his song.

        Overall, I believe Lennon hoped everyone would learn to look past our differences and join together as one united human race. Unfortunately, people are over powered by their own greed and desire to be better than the next person, that they look past Lennon’s simple yet powerful message. If we could get everyone to take a step back and understand the power of John Lennon’s lyrics, I believe the world could be one without war and hate. Yet we are still faced with the trouble of trying to make everyone stop and listen. It is much easier said than done.

 

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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