Imagine, John Lennon, Winston Rand

Thirty years ago today, John Lennon was shot and killed.Today, we remember this man — a peace symbol during war.

Three years ago Winston Rand [my late husband] wrote a blog piece about Lennon and “Imagine” on Nobody Asked.

May we read and remember and consider…

Post by Winston Rand:

Imagine…

September 20th, 2007

When the title for the post came to me, I re-read the lyrics and listened to John Lennon’s original. Like its author, and indeed like much of his music, Imagine has many detractors. Most of those do not go below the surface of the words and envision, perchance to dream, of Lennon’s imaginary world of peace, love, and harmony. Drug induced vision? Perhaps. Idealistic? Sure. Impossible? Of course. Worth working toward? Absolutely.

If you take the time to really read the words, all of the words, and think about the world that Lennon talked about, Imagine depicts a human state that is quite close to that espoused by all the great religions of the world. John Lennon became a lightning rod for peace during the Vietnam War. Consider what has happened to our world since 2000. Then read the verses again. We need a lightning rod for peace and sanity in this world gone mad. Imagine

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 people
Living life in 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

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

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

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One Comment on “Imagine, John Lennon, Winston Rand”

  1. Below us no hell. Above us only sky….The more I learn about the Beatles, who were a hit when I was in early elementary, the more I realize their wisdom….Thanks for sharing.


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