Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us, only sky

Imagine all the people
Livin' 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 people
Livin' life in peace

You may say 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

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 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 Lyrics as written by John Winston Lennon

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  • +15
    General CommentTake a look at yourselves.......

    Read the nonsense above.......

    Read the song......

    That's what John was getting at, Imagine if we could get over ourselves and live for what's important.
    Joyceyon May 19, 2002   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI love this song because I relate to it totally. I have a very similar world view to John and even though some people say I'm crazy to believe it ("I'm a dreamer..."), but based on the popularity of this song I'm definitely not the only one. Instead of just agreeing with the message in the song though, people have to start implementing the message in this song.
    Things like religion, countries, and money are the reasons for war and fighting, and if there was none of this then there'd be no war. And by religion I think John is saying that organized religion is the problem and not just believe in God because I don't see how that would adversely affect world peace. I think he's talking about how theres so much fighting in places like the middle east because of religion, even though the religions are very similar like all religions are.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 06, 2002   Link
  • +4
    Song MeaningDespite the hymnal-parlor arrangement, what Johnny Rebel wrote about in Imagine is a complete refusal of rules and restriction that the world system gives us and takes away. Imagine is all about liberation and something we must all believe in if we want to make a better place for humanity. Lennon understood this better than anyone an this why Imagine will always be the best song associated with the Beatles because it chrystalizes and encapsulates what the Beatles stood for. However, the brilliant idea behind Imagine is that it's an essential Rock Anthem! Even though John is gone, he'll always live in my heart because of Imagine. What Johnny Rebel is saying is this: We are dreamers but we're not the only ones. Rock in Peace, Johnny Rebel! Imagine is brilliant because there's still hope in the world! Rock
    rabbitbunnyon July 09, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's about world peace.
    CompleteNirvanaon December 14, 2001   Link
  • +2
    General Commentis it simple? i find it cynical...
    "Imagine no possessions
    I wonder if you can..."
    while i like this song regardless of its meaning, i sometimes wonder if, while sounding so simple and hopeful, he's really pointing out that we DON'T live as one, and so on... and that we never really can. all of this is just a fantasy... not realized, and never will be.
    but maybe that's just me.
    scheisseon May 09, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo what if his ideas are communistic. If we could live in a communist world without people being selfish, it would be great. People just look down on communism because of its misuse in other countries. Are you saying that his idea to live as "A brotherhood of man" is something that we should not strive for? Lennon sings of peace, and having a God has NOTHING to do with peace. You can not prove the existance of God, and even if you could, you could definitly not prove that he plays any role in our world. Obviously, if God was omniscient, omnibenevolent, and omnipotent, as most religions claim he is, then there would be no suffering in the world for good people; but suffering does happen to many people that are good, just look at Princess Diana, so this kind of God does not exist and possibly none does, at least not one that does anything but perhaps observe us.

    It is people like you, obviously needing your possessions and God for support, that make his ideal unrealized.
    Moulingaletteon June 05, 2002   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI don’t know if this song is really about peace. The way I know John’s character, he wrote his songs in a very simple- not so simple way and he would be laughing either way we interpret it (direct reference to I am the Walrus). To me:
    This song is really about non-conformity. We usually are so used to believing that imagining is to *construct* something but here he challenges us to imagine by *destructing* in the sense- imagine there’s NO heaven.
    He’s also quite sarcastic, John Lennon hated conformity (“A couple of teachers would notice me, encourage me to be something or other, to draw or to paint– express myself. But most of the time they were trying to beat me into being a fuckin’ dentist or a teacher. And then the fuckin’ fans tried to beat me into being a fuckin’ Beatle or an Engelbert Humperdinck, and the critics tried to beat me into being Paul McCartney. “) and here is literally mocking conformity (which i hate too, hence this interpretation). People are so used to believe that heaven,religion,countries, are necessary for man to exist (Go and tell someone to think of a world without any countries or borders, 99% you get a flat out refusal that “it’s not possible”).
    “You may say I’m a dreamer”...was a bit harder to interpret (did it on acid though). It seems like he’s rallying for peace, but he’s not. What John is basically saying is how people are so ready to label the different and uniques ones in the world as “crazy” and is saying he’s not the only dreamer, the only who’s calling him a dreamer is also a dreamer.
    Sorry If I couldn’t explain properly but those were my thoughts.
    Ah, the genius of John....
    rememberadayon April 11, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love how you believe in imagining things
    tyanna1146on November 14, 2017   Link
  • +1
    General CommentScheisse, everybody who says that us not being able to get over ourselves is exactly what they said to John about world peace. They called him a dreamer, but God knows he's not the only one. Everybody who has been touched by this song knows that even if they are just a dreamer, they're not the only one, and that gives me hope.
    MrMojoRisin5552on May 28, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe's a communist, trying to subvert us with his lack of possessions and his lack of a God!
    pkjunon June 05, 2002   Link

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