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A light went out in the world today. At least, I think so. It occurred to me this morning that it was 25 years ago today that John Lennon was murdered. I can’t say anything about him that hasn’t already been said. So I’ll just say that, whatever other issues there may be about him, the man wrote what I think is one of the best — if not the best — pop song ever written. Even if he’d never written anything other than “Imagine,” he’d still be one of the best songwriters of the last century or so.

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but to me it sounds like a good start. Call me a dreamer, I guess. Beyond that I’ll just let his words speak for him.

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Or, you can hear and see him perform it via Google Video.


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 isnt hard to do,

Nothing to kill or die for,

No religion too,

Imagine all the people

living life in peace…

Imagine no possesions,

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 Im a dreamer,

but Im not the only one,

I hope some day you’ll join us,

And the world will live as one.

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  3. Glenn says:

    I am so overwhelmed by John Lennon that I cry thinking about him and Imagine, all the time.  I have found someone, unfortunately dead who feels exactly like me about love and life.  I don’t fear dying now, because I know someday i’ll see this most wonderful and awesome man in "heaven".  I love you deeply John and i don’t ever want the memories of you to ever end. Maybe I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Someday I will be able to join you, and we can all live as one.  A dying and lonely man in Philadelphia  Glenn

  4. Quigley says:

    Thoughtful entry on John Lennon. For the last dozen years or so I have been using Dec. 7 and Dec. 8 as cultural markers to judge the change of cultural tide. Generally there are dozens of stories about Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7) and none about the death of John Lennon (Dec. 8). This year there were hundreds about John Lennon  and almost none on Pearl Harbor. WAr memories eventually yield to time, but John’s memory continues. I’ve got two long essays on him on my blog, Quigley in Exile – one on the White Grand Piano as a talisman and one here on his cultural transformation & Unfinished Journey – at Cheers, Quigley

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