God (2:41)

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“God” is a song from John Lennon’s first post-Beatles solo album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band. The album was released on December 11, 1970 in the U.S. and the UK.

This song was very controversial upon its release, dealing with religious themes.

Meaning

The first movement of the song discusses Lennon’s disdain for popular religious belief. He believed that God was something different to everyone, and that most people did not focus enough on the moral lessons of religion. He describes God as “a concept by which we measure our pain”.

In the second section of the song, Lennon lists many idols that he does not believe in (including The Beatles), ending by stating that he just believes in himself and Yoko. The idols he lists are: magic, I Ching, the Bible, tarot, Hitler, Jesus, Kennedy, Buddha, mantra, Gita, yoga, kings, Elvis, Zimmerman (Bob Dylan) and The Beatles.

The final section of the song describes Lennon’s change since the breakup of The Beatles. He states that he is no longer the “Dreamweaver” or “The Walrus,” but just “John.” The final line of the song, “The dream is over,” represents Lennon’s stance that the myth “the Beatles were God” had come to an end. “If there is a God,” Lennon explained, “we’re all it.”[1]

Personnel

The musicians who performed on the original recording were as follows:[2]

* John Lennon - vocals
* Billy Preston - piano
* Ringo Starr - drums
* Klaus Voormann - bass

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  • sternenfee0

    :-))

    22 Sep 10:06am Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    Yo creo que en el tiempo en que John compuso esa letra él estaba en esa etapa crítica de búsqueda de respuestas, en que casi todos los seres humanos llegamos a cierta altura de la vida. Algunos siguen con la oportunidades de encontrar su respuesta. No se puede juzgar a nadie. Todos somos únicos, Inmdividuales. Y cada uno encuentra SU respuesta particular. No tiene nada que ver con religion. Eso es espiritualidad. La razón de la vida. Es una linda canción!

    21 Sep 6:43pm Reply
  • CidaDuarteF

    I think at the time that John wrote that letter he was in the critical stage of searching for answers, when almost all human beings arrive at some point in life. Some continue with opportunities to find your answer. You can not judge anyone. We are all unique, Inmdividuales. And everyone finds THEIR answer. It has nothing to do with religion. That is spirituality. The reason of life. This is a beautiful song.

    21 Sep 6:39pm Reply
  • BanconIsGood

    I believe in Zimmerman, sorry john.

    9 Sep 12:10am Reply
  • RINGULEC

    Johny... :(

    19 Aug 7:43pm Reply
  • mhzesent

    "The dream is over ‪#‎Yesterday‬" Proof that John Lennon invented hashtag rap

    27 Jul 3:44pm Reply
  • sharv11

    The dream lives on...

    10 Jul 12:03am Reply
  • Water_Music

    so strong: the voice, the message, the piano

    27 May 7:12am Reply
  • BallPapers

    I don't believe in comments.

    18 May 9:32am Reply
  • petross85

    God is a cunt :/

    29 Apr 5:03pm Reply
  • ibroxstadium

    Great song by a genius!

    8 Apr 1:08am Reply
  • jennica_med_c

    It keeps amazing me, probably the most honest song I've ever heard. [3] Calm down people, these are HIS views and his opinions. And it's one of the best songs ever written just because of that honesty.

    5 Apr 7:57pm Reply
  • Fenrisulfrwolf7

    @2:05 "I don't believe in Yoda."

    2 Mar 7:34pm Reply
  • theironictea

    Truly amazing.

    5 Feb 1:26pm Reply
  • tomrud73

    what the FUCK is this SHIT?! I never understood the allure of Lennon's solo years; so much as a Beatle.

    2 Jan 8:56pm Reply
  • Mastah_Ev

    Hope you're having a great time while burning in hell, Johnny-boy

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Well, well, well up there for greatest song ever.

    14 Dec 2013 Reply
  • squish64dad

    A sentiment shared y others, compare Tull's "Wind Up' and CSN cathedral. A disdain for religion without a denial of a god (however you define it). Powerful and moving.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • JakeyWHFC

    Yep. Quite possibly the greatest song of all time.

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jpzitoleopold

    i was the walrus

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
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