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John Lennon: Instant Karma Meaning

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Instant Karma's gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you're gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin' to do
It's up to you, yeah...


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    Sep 17th, 2016 9:35pm report

    "Why in the world are we here
    Surely not to live in pain and fear
    Why on earth are you there
    When you're ev'rywhere
    Come and get your share"

    I believe he's referencing a God that seems to be absent on the job...Come and get your share of the misery


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    Dec 16th, 2010 12:58pm report

    Anonymous above is clueless. It's not about a particular person, it was left that way to be universally recognizable to everyone.


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    Jan 9th, 2010 1:39am report

    This song is in a way a culmination of many other Beatles songs. They were singing about 1 person. Blackbird, Jude, S. Sadie, JoJo, Fool on the Hill, and many others - all about 1 person. To this day, this has not been revealed. Instant Karma expresses the frustration with this unnamed person's response or lack thereof, to finding out that the Beatles were singing about him/her. How else to explain this line "what on earth do you think you are - a superstar? well all right you are...", or this line "And why on earth do you fear, when you are everywhere - come and get your share". it's amazing that not too many people have figured this out yet.

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