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John Lennon: Imagine Meaning

Song Released: 1971



Imagine Lyrics

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...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    coolchicka
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    Jun 15th 2014 report

    Through these lyrics, John Lennon was asking us to imagine a place where things that divide people did not exist. The song covers the violence issue we have in this world. We are surrounded by hate, cruelty, murder, war and racism. The world that he sings about tells us how we should want the world to be. In the song there is world peace and everyone is living together as one; sharing the world. It was written to show us that there is another way out there to live our lives; that we don’t need to hate and kill but to learn to live in peace and harmony with each other. It’s so pleasant to imagine that everyone is sharing the world, instead of fighting for the imaginary boundaries. These are all fantasies that can never come true and he is dreamer, he knows that there are many other people like him who dream of peace, love and equality -“You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.” He hopes that someday everyone will have the same dream and so it won’t be a dream anymore, it will become reality and then we won’t be separated by our countries or beliefs and we’ll live together as one. – “I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.”

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    CavGuy
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    Aug 4th 2006 report

    The meaning of this song is very simple. Just think of what our world would be like without governments, religion and posessions. He then lends his idea of what would happen. No war, hate nor poverty only peace. I think human nature would never allow this to happen. Too many powerful people would lose said power. It's a nice thought, though.

    This song was written during the height of the war in viet nam, the first nixon administration and the peace movement. Much of the popular culture of the time was centered around these factors. Notice how prevalent the song is today...The war against terrorism, the second bush administration and the peace movement...Coincidence?

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    #3 top rated interpretation:
    NTom64
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    Jan 10th 2010 report

    Ah, John Lennon. One of the greatest artists of all time. This song, in my opinion, is one of his best. Imagine simply means that, although John knew the things described in his lyrics could never happen, he wanted them to, and wanted other people to stop whatever they where doing, drop their "phones" or "laptops" and listen,imagine, what the world could be like.

  4. anonymous
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    Feb 27th report

    The lyrics " You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one." I believe that line was in ref to Martin Luther King Jr. I have a dream. Submitted by Marcia Gadsden

  5. anonymous
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    Nov 11th report

    Yes this is a song about peace. However , the Creator will bring paradise conditions back to the earth. Man made kingdoms will be done away with plus false religion. At that time love will rule because we will allow our Creator to tell us what is right and wrong not men or governments that separate people. No holidays to separate us either. “ Look I am making New Heavens and a New Earth.” The former things have been done away with. Perhaps John had read this in the Bible.

  6. LyricsRange
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    May 7th 2020 report

    This song can be totally related to the current scenario of everyone in the world right now. The phase that everyone is going through.

    You can find more about this song on https://lyricsrange.com/imagine-lyrics-john-lenon/

  7. fjodor2
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    Apr 20th 2020 report

    John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's Imagine has often been viewed as an atheist song. From a spiritual perspective, it can be associated with Sufi wisdom.

    Rabe’a al-Adiwiyah, a great woman saint of Sufism, was seen running through the streets of her hometown, Basra, carrying a torch in one hand and a bucket of water in the other. She wanted to burn down heaven and extinguish fire in hell so that people would live in the here-and-now, without fear of heaven or hell, and experience pure presence.

    https://spirit-rockmusic.eu/2020/02/john-lennons-imagine-atheist-or-spiritual/

  8. fjodor7
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    Apr 16th 2020 report

    John Lennon's and Yoko Ono's Imagine has often been viewed as an atheist song. From a spiritual perspective, it can be associated with Sufi wisdom.

    In a Playboy interview, not long before his death, Lennon called himself "a most religious fellow".

    https://spirit-rockmusic.eu/2020/02/john-lennons-imagine-atheist-or-spiritual/

  9. anonymous
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    Apr 2nd 2020 report

    This man was talking about the 5D reality, heaven on earth. Just about to shift out of this 3D soon....

  10. anonymous
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    Mar 24th 2020 report

    It’s just a song, a beautiful melody and words Written by Lennon in a time of war That he made millions of dollars from. Someday there will be peace and the one God will create as promised a paradise that we will live for eternity. Maybe Lennon didn’t have to imagine but just read the Bible prophecy of what’s to come for those who Believe in Jesus Christ.

  11. anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2020 report

    New world order.

  12. anonymous
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    Jan 26th 2020 report

    The meaning of this song is very simple.just think of what our world would like without government, religion and possessions. He then lends his idea of what would happen. No war ,hate nor poverty only peace. I think human nature would never allow this to happen. To many powerful people would lose said power. It's a nice thought though

  13. anonymous
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    Jan 6th 2020 report

    Imagine Earth. Earth without hate, earth without poverty, and earth without discrimination. Its really a wonderful thought that John Lennon tried to express through this song. Even though it will never really happen its nice to think about it

  14. anonymous
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    Nov 21st 2019 report

    I think this song is such a beautiful song .This song connect a person to another person.

  15. anonymous
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    Nov 16th 2018 report

    Bunch of communist bullshit is what it’s about.

  16. anonymous
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    Sep 17th 2018 report

    i see him thinking what would we be without war and arguments and how people think he is a day dreamer

  17. anonymous
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    Sep 7th 2018 report

    IF John Lennon lived in a Wig Wam and ate off the land i would have more respect for the virtue of the song. It is a beautiful piece for which he deserves credit for thinking about.
    However, the reality is he was a Millionaire living in Central New York and not prepared to give a cent up.
    I think this song means more to mere mortals like me than it ever did to Lennon.
    Life is great when you are at the TOP!

  18. anonymous
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    Mar 8th 2018 report

    Grew up in the 50's, 60's. Beautiful melody, so soothing and the words so thoughtful. Even then I thought, "Wouldn't that be great" but the God part bothered me -- and I started to question. There is an Earth, Heaven is my belief. There is a God (my belief again). So what does the words mean? Zippo, that's what - same as "A Land of A Thousand Dances".
    I'm an idealist by nature but I wasn't on the stuff John Lennon was when he wrote his music so things with some sort of reality. Earth is a reality! Nations are a reality! "Living for today"? What about tomorrow? No war, just peace? I don't think so-against human nature. We can't even get along with our families so how are we supposed to get along with people we've never seen, whose ideology is different from ours and are shooting missiles at us?
    Music is just that, music. It is words set to a melody. John Lennon was no prophet, he was a musician and songwriter and made alot of money on it. He was not a god or a spokeman for me. He was a man - saw that when he left his first wife for Yoko Ono. Didn't seem quite right to me and that was it for me and John.

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