Skip to comments.Go Ahead, Imagine (Good Criticism of Lennon Lennon Song)
Posted on 08/13/2012 7:13:39 AM PDT by Loud Mime
Lets take John Lennon up on his offer. Lets imagine what the world would be like with no countries, religions or a heaven or hell. Lets imagine a world with no possessions and nothing important enough to be willing to kill to protect it or die to ensure its continuing. Lets imagine Lennons world where all the people are living for nothing other than today.
In this world, people will have saved no money for their retirement. After all, retirement is somewhere down the line. All the people would have massive debts borrowed every penny from everywhere they could, maxed out their credit cards, bought houses they couldnt pay for because the promise to repay those debts were made yesterday. In Lennons world people would splurge on big screen TVs, using money that should have gone to buying health insurance, but, alas, the big game is tonight while their health at the moment is just fine.
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should have read: Lennon-Lenin
This makes me think of Moses the raven in the book “Animal Farm” who tried to get the animals to believe in Sugarcandy Mountain. Never liked John Lennon much anyway.
I suppose when you are hallucinating on drugs there are no boundries.
I cringed when I saw scores of CHILDREN singing Lennon’s Marxist anthem in the CLOSING CEREMONIES of the London 2012 Olympics, complete with his image in a giant screen and A likeness of Lennon being formed via a humongous puzzle...
These kids are being taught Marxist values at such a tender age... what will the future of Britain be if they hold to such sentiments when they grow up?
No possessions, no religion ??
Orwell’s writings are some of my favorites!
Vladimir Ilyich Lenin promised the same thing in 1917.
A worldwide revolution of the proletariat.
The entire globe would be socialist with no countries, no religion, no possessions, no greed and no hunger. The world would live as one.
It helps to imagine all this mental mucus when one is on drugs.
I like Paul Shanklin’s version better........
I think Yoko wrote it.
Sounds like the EU.
There's a reason that one of the big initiatives of George Soros is to push for drug legalization.
I’ll try this.
I thought the producers’ reverent treatment of Lennon’s “Imagine” was an interesting contrast to the roller skating, girts-flashing nuns in Eric Idle’s comedy routine.
Never liked John Lennon much anyway.
I know I’ll catch some slack for this but, me neither.
I never could buy into the Lennon genius thing.
I think Yoko wrote it.
Just thank goodness she didn’t sing it.
The more I listen to the Beatles over the years, I am convinced that Lennon simply rode on Paul’s coattails.
And what kind of country is it where John Lennon gets six bullets in the chest and Yoko is right next to him and not a single bullet? Chapman could have been a hero.
Imagine there’s no Heaven,
It easy if you lie,
No Hell below us, that is, until you die.
I was a junior in high school when the song came out. At the time I listened to the lyrics and came to the same conclusion this article does.
It’s lunacy. I lost all respect for lennon as anything but a songwriter with that song. I say that because a lot of songs have vapid lyrics, but usually they re love songs.
This one exposed some fundamental fails on his part regarding his world view and understanding of human nature.
Any respect I may have had for him, admittedly little, took flight when he married that caterwauling Japanese potbellied pig.
Imagine it for two minutes, then recognize how unrealizable as goal it is, and come back to reality.
That's the proper context for all the utopian nonsense contained in that song.
>>Our coffee shop group will be discussing this today - - be prepared for the liberals!<<<
Ask them if they know the significance of Aleister Crowley’s picture on the Sgt. Pepper’s album cover.
Johnnie was OK, till the lads got caught up in drugs. Turned out to be a pompous ass, and his musical ability cratered, such as it was.
Most over-rated band ever, hands down.
The author make an assumption there would be money, thus debt, in this imagined world or that there’d even be a need to “save for retirement.”
Harrison too. Lousy gutarist, couldn’t sing, more insipid lyrics.
John was definitely the leader of the Beatles in their early days, when they mostly performed cover versions of songs...but clearly once they hit their “creative phase” it was mostly Paul.
Paul was a better guitarist than George (his solo on “Maybe I’m Amazed” proved that), and he was a pretty capable drummer too. Amazing all-around musician.
Most over-rated band ever, hands down. Agreed. 60’s leftists keep the legend going though.
I am convinced that Lennon simply rode on Pauls coattails.
I guess that is what marginal artists do.
Amen. Preach on, brother, whilst I don my flame-retardant suit.
Agreed. And it ain't just about the Beatles, either.
I did a LOT of stupid things when I was young. Rarely do I fondly reminisce about the most stupid of them. Not 60's Liberals. For instance, a 3-day drug-fueled orgy at Woodstock? I don't see much there to be proud of. From what I've seen, the PA was terrible too, so the is more fondly remembered, than was actually played.
Not all socialists who traveled to Russia to see Lenin and the new socialist society came away enamored. H.G. Wells (no conservative theorist) after an interview with Lenin, came away thinking that Lenin was off his rocker. Unfortunately, Wells's view of Lenin was not shared by most foreign, socialist visitors.
“The more I listen to the Beatles over the years, I am convinced that Lennon simply rode on Pauls coattails.”
I agree. I’m a huge Beatles fan and I’ve always thought that John was way over blown. He’s not as good as many have praised him to be. I don’t think he was the “brainy” one.
I always liked the songs written by Paul and George. Paul’s were usually simple love songs and songs about people. George was on a quest to find God in his songs. He was looking for enlightenment.
Hell, even the songs of Ringo had more humanity in them than those written by John. John seemed to always be trying to live up to the “genius” label that so many tried to attach to his writings. I guess I never saw it myself.
I liked John, but I never saw him as a genius or as the best song writer of the bunch.
How John treated his wife and son (Cynthia and Julian) turned me off of anything John had to say about love and people. How could a man who abandoned his son be a voice for how to love one another?
He could play with words to make a song catchy, but his ability to preach ideas to us was drowned out by his own behavior towards his first wife and son.
Allow me to expand - thank you for your kind words.
Maybe the most over _hyped_ band. Lots of advertising, and quite a few talented people behind the scenes, like George Martin who was able to combine his technical expertise into marketing a new genre.
Seems to me an awful lot of material was just sub par, yet the scraps from the cutting room floor are received As Great Wisdom from adherents. I shouldda known better. Hm. To add insult to injury, the “British Invasian” spawned a host of American imitators, so slicked up plastic hippies with a guitar and amplifier trolling around the countryside corrupting our youth with bad drugs and psychobabble. Very talented musicians weren’t able to
ply their wares in quite the same way, as they weren’t “cool” or “hip”.