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John Lennon: Imagine Meaning

Song Released: 1971

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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 isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the...


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    Aug 4th, 2006 8:27am report

    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?


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    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.”


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    Sep 5th, 2009 9:08am report

    "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"

    Heaven and hell, like all other opposites in this world, occur only in the human mind. God is oneness, and when your mind is free of attachment to this world, and you experience oneness with everything, you are in true Heaven, and there is no hell. To reach this oneness, you must also live in the moment. Time is an illusion. When we see things in this world change from one appearance to another, and use our memory to notice this change, we believe that time has passed. But when we are one with the Universe, time does not exist. Eternity is not endless time, it is no time. Oneness with everything means the constant state of bliss, nirvana.

    "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
    Living life in peace

    This is much easier to interpret and come to grips with. again it deals with separation. Humans suffer because they feel alone or separated. Having enemies makes them feel better about themselves, but this comes from fear. Feeling oneness with all God's creatures, with the Universe itself, is the only true happiness, and peace.

    "You may say that 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"

    If everyone joined John in the dream of this song, the world would truly be as one. We may be evolving to this state. Humans became aware of themselves, their individuality, which also brought about their fear and suffering, but once they realize their oneness with the Universe, while they are still aware of their own being, a special spiritual race will evolve.

    "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"

    This is such a beautiful phrase and gives you a view of what life could be like if all people truly loved each other as one.

    "You may say that 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"

    John was a dreamer, and was able to put one of the greatest, most mysterious spritiual truths into a wonderful song that will be enjoyed forever


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    Mar 8th, 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.


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    Dec 12th, 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.


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    Nov 28th, 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


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    Nov 27th, 11:02pm report

    Watch the video of the a Capella group, Penatonix & you might understand what John Lennon really meant.


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    Nov 27th, 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.


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    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!


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    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''.


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    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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    Aug 19th, 2017 8:18pm report

    I love some of his ideas but some of his ideas are against God.


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    Feb 24th, 2015 2:26am report

    Imagine by John Lennon means that there is so much that we want/expect that usually won’t happen in reality, I think that John Lennon wanted everyone to just “imagine” what the world would be like if there was peace.


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    Jul 5th, 2014 7:37pm report

    I think "imagine no possessions" isn't as simple as not being materialistic. I think the fundamental point in this entire song is that there are no boundaries between us. "Possessions" belong to someone. If they are my possessions, they are not yours, and therefore there is a boundary between us. We must not possess anything if we are all to be one. We may have material things in our lives, but we must not consider that any of us individually possesses anything.


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    May 23rd, 2014 5:15pm report

    John was just trying to put into words his ideas for a type of "utopia" on earth. Some of you are reading too much into his lyrics. (i.e one world order, communism). I believe that if we as a species can avoid killing ourselves to the point of extinction, we in fact will evolve into some kind of spiritual beings. And possessions, power, money and greed will not exist or matter. Many people just can't "imagine" this because it is still very far off in the future. And it's still not a given. Our species may not be able to survive long enough to make the transition. But in order for it to happen, you have to start somewhere. You have to Imagine.


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    Feb 23rd, 2014 2:52pm report

    the fact that he says "Imagine there's no heaven" tells you he believes the is a heaven. If I said "Imagine there's no Brooklyn bridge" I'm in fact confirming that there is a "Brooklyn bridge" and I'm just imaging that there is none. you can't imagine something isn't there if it isn't there.


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    Oct 8th, 2013 10:06am report

    As the years go by and the days are getting closer towards the end of December memories of john lennon's imagine comes to mind with Christmas in the bittersweet feeling of life and death.

    The parallel course of john lennon and the fictional character in the book lathe of heaven that came out in 1971 and then the release of the movie on January 9 1980 is been haunting me ever since. the protagonist in the movie was a dreamer George orr, played by bruce Davidson who believes so much for humanity on earth that he was asked to imagine ''perfect peace on earth'' for him to dream about, because he had a special gift to dream the future.

    The problem was that the well meaning psychiatrist discovers his powers and wanted to use his futuristic dreams for a greater good, but almost destroyed the world in the reality their were living in. i'am not sure what john went through in primal therapy sessions, reading the book primal scream is a good read for that time and even now on neurosis, but to scream your guts out in therapy sessions can be draining for the soul that can bring on nightmares.

    This is when a ''good oneirologist'' was needed to work with dream meaning with john. throughout the years hearing imagine being played on the radio usually gave me a good feeling,while at the same time felt the hope and faith slowly disappearing, while a new one was taking place. I felt john wanted to bring heaven down to earth for us, meaning well, but where does jesus Christ stand now, to some of us Christians we imagined he was robed. ego, pride is a problem here, while feeling for the young especially in need for hearing that there is a heavenly father up there. john as a dreamer was like Prometheus who stole fire from zeus so mankind to have on earth in the future for mankind. some people called neitzche who wanted so much a better world for the people to live in, like john. but misunderstood by their possessed will to power, it was not easy for them to live up to jesus Christ, even john said many times in singing ''Christ is not easy they are going to crucify me''.

    John was not an atheist and I feel would have come around in search of jesus again if he was not killed. to me John was a sheep in wolf's clothing, like they called neitzche in his philosophy. who know's the way things are developing today maybe john's dream could come true in having peace on earth in revelation. john in march of 1980 I had tears for you when I had a revelation between the movie lathe of heaven and your song of heaven. on that time stood still for me in my fragile mind thinking I was in the year 2001 and this world was coming to an end, thank god it did not end, only time did stand still in new York for all of us on that day. a quote from book that might be wrong, but ''to let understanding stop at what cannot be understood is a high attainment. those who cannot do it will be destroyed on the lathe of heaven'' ,so let us not press any any buttons because I still wanna see the rainbows rising after a rainy sun shower on this earth, not the world after april. looking forward to see the daffodils this spring and thinking of you john lennon for dreaming for us. imagine, there's,'' know heaven''


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    Jun 18th, 2013 6:42am report

    This song is all about a one world communistic government! NO possession, countries, Heaven or Hell.

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