John Lennon: Imagine Meaning
Song Released: 1971
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 isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the...
Ah, John Lennon. One of the greatest artists of all time. This song, in my opinion, is one of his best. Imagine simply means that, although John knew the things described in his lyrics could never happen, he wanted them to, and wanted other people to stop whatever they where doing, drop their "phones" or "laptops" and listen,imagine, what the world could be like.
The meaning of this song is very simple. Just think of what our world would be like without governments, religion and posessions. He then lends his idea of what would happen. No war, hate nor poverty only peace. I think human nature would never allow this to happen. Too many powerful people would lose said power. It's a nice thought, though.
This song was written during the height of the war in viet nam, the first nixon administration and the peace movement. Much of the popular culture of the time was centered around these factors. Notice how prevalent the song is today...The war against terrorism, the second bush administration and the peace movement...Coincidence?
coolchicka Jun 15th, 2014 6:23am report
Through these lyrics, John Lennon was asking us to imagine a place where things that divide people did not exist. The song covers the violence issue we have in this world. We are surrounded by hate, cruelty, murder, war and racism. The world that he sings about tells us how we should want the world to be. In the song there is world peace and everyone is living together as one; sharing the world. It was written to show us that there is another way out there to live our lives; that we don’t need to hate and kill but to learn to live in peace and harmony with each other. It’s so pleasant to imagine that everyone is sharing the world, instead of fighting for the imaginary boundaries. These are all fantasies that can never come true and he is dreamer, he knows that there are many other people like him who dream of peace, love and equality -“You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.” He hopes that someday everyone will have the same dream and so it won’t be a dream anymore, it will become reality and then we won’t be separated by our countries or beliefs and we’ll live together as one. – “I hope someday you will join us, and the world will live as one.”
anonymous Feb 1st, 2:20pm report
New world order.
anonymous Jan 26th, 1:39am report
The meaning of this song is very simple.just think of what our world would like without government, religion and possessions. He then lends his idea of what would happen. No war ,hate nor poverty only peace. I think human nature would never allow this to happen. To many powerful people would lose said power. It's a nice thought though
anonymous Jan 6th, 1:39am report
Imagine Earth. Earth without hate, earth without poverty, and earth without discrimination. Its really a wonderful thought that John Lennon tried to express through this song. Even though it will never really happen its nice to think about it
anonymous Nov 21st, 11:58am report
I think this song is such a beautiful song .This song connect a person to another person.
anonymous Nov 16th, 2018 11:33pm report
Bunch of communist bullshit is what it’s about.
anonymous Sep 17th, 2018 9:37pm report
i see him thinking what would we be without war and arguments and how people think he is a day dreamer
anonymous Sep 7th, 2018 9:17pm report
IF John Lennon lived in a Wig Wam and ate off the land i would have more respect for the virtue of the song. It is a beautiful piece for which he deserves credit for thinking about.
However, the reality is he was a Millionaire living in Central New York and not prepared to give a cent up.
I think this song means more to mere mortals like me than it ever did to Lennon.
Life is great when you are at the TOP!
anonymous Mar 8th, 2018 3:40pm report
Grew up in the 50's, 60's. Beautiful melody, so soothing and the words so thoughtful. Even then I thought, "Wouldn't that be great" but the God part bothered me -- and I started to question. There is an Earth, Heaven is my belief. There is a God (my belief again). So what does the words mean? Zippo, that's what - same as "A Land of A Thousand Dances".
I'm an idealist by nature but I wasn't on the stuff John Lennon was when he wrote his music so things with some sort of reality. Earth is a reality! Nations are a reality! "Living for today"? What about tomorrow? No war, just peace? I don't think so-against human nature. We can't even get along with our families so how are we supposed to get along with people we've never seen, whose ideology is different from ours and are shooting missiles at us?
Music is just that, music. It is words set to a melody. John Lennon was no prophet, he was a musician and songwriter and made alot of money on it. He was not a god or a spokeman for me. He was a man - saw that when he left his first wife for Yoko Ono. Didn't seem quite right to me and that was it for me and John.
anonymous Dec 12th, 2017 12:18pm report
He didn't know how close to the truth he was, after Armageddon; the bible speaks of ONE true religion and NO Hell. The world will be at Peace and No wars and all will live as ONE.
anonymous Nov 28th, 2017 11:45am report
It just makes you stop and think ! Great to think or imagine about during Christmas time !
A child who grew up in the 1960s
anonymous Nov 27th, 2017 11:02pm report
Watch the video of the a Capella group, Penatonix & you might understand what John Lennon really meant.
anonymous Nov 27th, 2017 11:49pm report
"Imagine" by John Lennon is in the frequency of 528 Hz. 528 Hz is considered 'the Love frequency' or vibration. Ya'll are reading way too much into this song with your marxist/communist blahblah. I don't think most, if not all, of you were even alive during this time period. A period of his 'love in', meeting & studying with the Dali Lama. He was all about love, peace, & goodness.
anonymous Oct 19th, 2017 10:12am report
It's obvious the song is anti-God anti religion anti-government. Wouldn't it be great if we could all just get high and have free sex and run naked in a field of daisies? No rules no borders, no accountability!
anonymous Oct 14th, 2017 10:09pm report
In otherwords for me this kool aid soul searching song, could also be understood when THINKING OUT OF THE BOX, sort of speaking. A VISION that JOHN LENNON might have had about the damage that would be done to OUR heavenly Earth by ''The Rapture'' that was set in the coming future and it's overall aftermath on this world's non-Believers and The Believers end of time prophecy. All in order to wonder and ''IMAGINE THEIRS, KNOW HEAVEN''.
anonymous Aug 30th, 2017 8:14pm report
Yech. What a horrific communist song written by someone very wealthy, wealthier than most people could only imagine. And how naive to imagine that if only everyone got rid of their borders and possessions they'd all live in "peace" - HA!! Human nature is jealous, possessive, vying for power, always in upheaval and war mongering.
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