"Imagine" as written by Tracy Lynn Curry, Mark Christopher Batson, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jason P. D. Boyd, Dawaun W. Parker and Andre Romell Young....
Imagine there's no Heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
And above us is only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

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 live as one

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
No religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life for peace

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 live 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 that 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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"Imagine" as written by John Winston Lennon

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    General Commentwhy does nobody comment on this song?

    This is quite possibly the best cover of any song i've ever heard...come on jack's chill but still passionate style mixed with lennon's genius lyrics? This was my favorite song the first week after I heard it...

    I believe in every single word of this song...and no, i'm not a communist...its too bad human nature (greed, lust for money, material culture) prevents some of these ideals from ever being reached. I love this song, partially because when I first heard it (lennon's version, years ago) I already agreed with every word.

    first stanza: Lennon sees through religion. I have no problem with religion, though I myself am not religious. What I believe this verse means is that there are so many people out there who live and follow certain morals for the sole reason of getting the afterlife they want...thats ok...but isn't it better to live well, give the world the best you have, from the bottom of your heart, not because you want to go to heaven, but because you really mean it? because you really want to help? at least that's how I feel. John says, don't live for hope of life after death, live for the sake of being alive.

    second verse: I also believe in this. really, if you think about it, countries are way too fucking big, strict, etc. to really promote the interests of the people they represent. for example: consistently, half our country (or 75%, under bush) is not satisfied with the leadership. Now, I'm not saying that abolishing countries is possible, or even a good Idea, considering human nature again. but it's just nice to imagine a smoother system, where people are nice to each other (if that's possible, given how ethnocentric everyone is). however, it is true that every single war in modern history is due to religion, or more recently, the US leaders being dumbasses (country, greed, etc). this is a cry for people to see the world with an open mind, to imagine the possibility of peace. and to do this, john attacked the biggest delusion of humankind (religion).

    the last verse is very reminiscent of communism, or at least the communist manifesto from marx. don't get me wrong, if we were to try to implement communism into the US today, it would fail. miserably. why? because people don't believe in it, and because it doesnt work in groups of more than a few people, cuz there's always some jerk who thinks he's gonna be happier if he rules everything. still nice to think about people sharing all the world though.

    so why do I like this song so much? the chorus ties it all together. EVERYBODY has to imagine a life like this, a life where people don't hate each other due to differences. where countries, religion, money, and posessions don't lead to such strong greed and envy. It's like a good dream...if everybody just thought about what life was really worth, John says, we could accomplish this

    I hope someday, you'll join us,
    and the world will live as one
    MasonCon October 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSurprisingly, I don't loathe this cover.
    AppleScruffson July 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this cover is so much better than Avril Lavigne's cover. I love it.
    jamiexoon January 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcharlesthe2nd....that whole comment is ridiculous. Did you really have to come in here and say stuff like that about jj? Do you realize its a cover? Its really not our fault or jj's fault that you used to abuse alcohol and weed....its yours. and god probably didnt come to you, it was probably mixing the two substances.

    cominatchyu......i agree 100%
    doyourememberon October 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentUgh...why do the comments on this song, no matter the artist, always contradict the song itself?

    I am a Christian. I believe in Heaven, in Hell, and in God.
    I do not, however, feel the need to berate people that do not agree with my beliefs. If someone wants to believe something else, that is their own choice, and I respect it. All I ask is that people treat me the same.

    Being a Christian, I have no problem with the first verse.
    Why? Because I don't believe the verse is saying that Religion is wrong and stupid. I believe it is stating the issue of conflict between religion. As in, the wars in the East, fought entirely over religious beliefs, what if there were no religion, and all the people currently killing each other in the east had nothing to fight over, and could live peacefully together?
    This, in my opinion, isn't saying it is the fault of Religion, or that it is a bad thing, just saying..what would it be like, if everyone just respected each other and stopped fighting?

    So, I ask you, next time, instead of getting into a pointless argument about religion over this song, think about it a bit more thoroughly. Of course, if you still dislike this song, if only for your own interpretation of the first verse, then that is your right. However, I personally think it is disrespectful to John Lennon by breaking out into a religious fight on a web page about this song.
    Midknighton January 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNot many people can cover The Beatles' songs and actually do well, but Jack Johnson isn't one of these people. I really like his cover.. It's soothing and his voice is really mellow. I love it.
    chanelraquelon March 09, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is just a fantasy of the world having no bs problems of war or racism or politics or anything else that tears people apart. I'm a Christian, yet I love this song. Thats what makes music so powerful, its an escape from reality and the meaning is left up to the perception of the listener.
    biggdave1308on April 02, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti dont think anything could back up the lyrics to this song more than this discussion. imagine just for one day that there was no religion to argue pointlessly about, no wars between countries, and no possessions for people to fight over. i defiently dont think john lennon was trying to say that there is no god, just as he was not saying that there is no war between countries, or that people are not fighting over possessions. if people would just stop trying to force what they believe is true down everyone else's throat then i beleive that this would could be a much more peaceful place. theres just some people that feel the need to make everything an argument but im gonna keep dreaming that maybe someday there will finally be peace.

    You may say that I'm a dreamer,
    But I am not the only one.
    I hope someday you'll join us,
    And the world will live as one.
    pooomar10on July 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNobody comments on this song because it is absurd and unrealistic? I used to respect Jack Johnson for his lyrical art but now i see him as a pot smoking fantasizer! Mason C you are a fool! you probaly wasted your whole day typing this while your 70 year old neighbor is working in her yard. Do not sit here and talk aboutl how you believe this song so much it does nothing to fantasize about this sort of thing.
    This song enrages me greatly because of the fact that i am a devout Christian. I used to abuse marijuana and alchohol but the voice came down from the sky and I asked God to come into my heart. Who can say there is no God, no higher being? No one! Has anything in the bible ever been wrong No! Who would fight it and suffer God's wrath? a fool! S If you were to ask me what i would say about this song 4 months ago I would probaly say it is a really chill song, but would not be so pissed about the first verse. The world will never live as one! Only in the afterlife will that dream be realized. Live life for God today and thank him for being alive! Praver is the way to help the people of Darfur not singing childish little songs!
    Charlesthe2ndon July 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentfirst of all, you have no reason to assume that he smokes weed. and what does a 70 year old have anything to do with this?

    maybe fantasizing about this song is equal to your prayer--it is reflection, contemplation of hopes and possibilities for the world. at least it involves coming up with solutions, instead of "oh please, please make it better, dear God."

    what do you mean no one can say there is no God.
    There is no God.
    there, i said it. if there was a god, would Darfur even be an issue? what's your explanation for this?

    aaaand surprise! the bible has been wrong! too many times to count. (how about where it says homosexuality is satanic and evil? or do you believe in that too?)

    living life for God is, in my opinion, a waste of life. live life for yourself. if that entails helping the world, even doing the things that the church praises, then by all means go for it. i am not denouncing your values, i think that christianity does have its virtues. but do refrain from judging others for having different beliefs.

    so please excuse me. singing childish little songs at least gets the message into the open where it can be debated and thought about. what does praying do?
    COMINATCHYUon September 12, 2008   Link

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