Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin' to do
It's up to you, yeah you

Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna look you right in the face
Better get yourself together darlin'
Join the human race
How in the world you gonna see
Laughin' at fools like me
Who in the hell d'you think you are
A super star
Well, right you are

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Ev'ryone come on

Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Ev'ryone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you're ev'rywhere
Come and get your share

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Come on and on and on on on
Yeah yeah, alright, uh huh, ah

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
On and on and on on and on

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun


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"Instant Karma!" as written by John Lennon

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Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentI always use "We all shine on / Like the moon and the stars and the sun" as my inspirational quote when I need one. I absolutely adore John Lennon. I only wish he could have lived during my generation, too.
    LittleBriddieon June 26, 2003   Link
  • +4
    General CommentInstant Karma, as i read it, is a tounge-in-cheek 'salute' to narcissistic, self-centered people who screw over and belittle the decent, those with integrity... and this song says, you're no better than the rest of it, you know, we know it, you are what you do, so go ahead.. but when you do good, it feels good.. instantly. so shine on
    jake3on April 07, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti agree with JxPx about the superstar lines, and personally, i like that part
    sunstormedon June 11, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother one of Lennon's greats .. very inspirational and motivational song (possibly anyway) .
    TheFunkyMudgooseon May 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had maybe heard "Instant Karma!" once or twice before...but I got a copy of "The John Lennon Collection" and when this song started, it was a musical revelation for me. Hearing him strain his voice to belt out, "We all shine on...", gives me chills.

    I have to strongly disagree with "Bite Me" on the "superstar" line. Try and think about where John Lennon was at this time...surrounded by the material and superfical rich and famous. I see that line as mocking those type of people...who want fame and fortune over and other good things in life..."Well alright, you are..."
    JxPxon May 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentspeaking of insults....Philadelphia Eagles is a grand one for people who call themselves Lennon fans...

    get off or your home-made pedestal and save your comments for the TV, from your Lay-Z-Boy...
    JxPxon October 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentburn
    maggotbrainon November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought it was a stab at the 'fast food' nation and how even the most spiritual and all powerful force of Karma is now offerd in 'Instant' form like coffee etc.. Interested in the Mc Cartney theory if anyone can elaborate
    Matt Parryon December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always wondered, if he worried so much about Karma, then what was he doing cheating on his wife? By the way I am a big fan, and not a Yoko hater, per say. I'm pretty indifferent to Yoko. I just always found it hypocritical to be singing about karma like that. Also if anyone knows more about the John vs. Paul theory I'd like to hear too.
    kmk_natashaon February 24, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJohn and Paul had a pretty brutal falling out by the time the Beatles were finished. There's a quote from John, in which he said he would trade Paul for two Georges. They were very competitive...which I suppose is a good thing, because it fueled all the great music they made. I recently watched a video clip of Paul being interviewed on the day that John was shot. He seemed to be borderline indifferent....but that could just be my interpretation. Anyway...while the thought that this song is about Paul is possible, overall it seems to be more of a general message.
    JxPxon March 07, 2005   Link

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