Imagine (6:19)

Cover of Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon

From Lennon Legend: The Very Best of John Lennon and 74 other releases

“Imagine” is a song by John Lennon, which appears on his 1971 album, Imagine. It was released as a single in the same year, and reached number three in the U.S. Billboard charts, and number six in the United Kingdom.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine voted “Imagine” the third greatest song of all time. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said, “In many countries around the world — my wife and I have visited about 125 countries — you hear John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ used almost equally with national anthems.”

In the book Lennon in America, written by Geoffrey Giuliano, Lennon commented that the song was “an anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic song, but because it’s sugar-coated, it’s accepted.” Lennon also commented, it’s “virtually the Communist Manifesto, even though I am not particularly a communist and I do not belong to any movement.”

The lyrics were thought to be inspired by Lennon’s hopes for a more peaceful world, though their origins are not known for certain. In 1963 Lennon penned the lyrics to “I’ll Get You” with an opening verse of, “Imagine I’m in love with you, it’s easy cause I know.” The first verse of “Imagine” would seem to be a reworking of this. But the song’s refrain may have been partly inspired by Yoko Ono’s poetry, in reaction to her childhood in Japan during World War II. According to The Guardian, primordial versions of the song’s refrain can be found in her 1965 book Grapefruit, where she penned lines such as, “imagine a raindrop” and “imagine the clouds dripping.

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  • odair21

    on my head...

    19 Oct 3:47pm Reply
  • El_Salvador7

    I remember as a little kid riding in the car and this song came up. The sheer beauty of it caused me to have one of my first spiritual experiences with music ever. It was wonderful.

    19 Oct 12:21pm Reply
  • CoffeeCharlie

    This is one of the best songs ever. Love it to pieces.

    13 Oct 8:50pm Reply
  • theironictea

    [2]This song is my bible.

    10 Oct 5:56pm Reply
  • cousinbull

    happy birthday

    9 Oct 9:50pm Reply
  • maxo64

    This song is my bible

    9 Oct 5:48pm Reply
  • Straybow

    scary commie shit. lyrics are disgusting, but the song is spot on.

    8 Oct 1:27am Reply
  • theironictea

    One of the greatest songs ever written.

    16 Sep 6:19pm Reply
  • vinman76

    A simple and plain message... John we have not forgotten.... I too am a dreamer. R.I.P

    16 Sep 11:38am Reply
  • StriderRainClou

    I do not know why but Yoko always looks pissed off

    9 Sep 12:05am Reply
  • sampointoh

    Did I just scream like a school girl when this song came on? I might have.

    4 Sep 10:39pm Reply
  • BradLWoods

    If you like John Lennon search last.fm for the song "I Don't Want To Think" by Brad Woods!

    22 Aug 6:06am Reply
  • HeartThatsPure

    I have no Words when describing why i love this song,its magic...

    15 Aug 1:33pm Reply
  • BennoTiger

    <3<3 :-))

    10 Aug 4:44pm Reply
  • granados63

    That will be played when I die. This is in my plans. Got too have inspirational songs that touch. YUP. <3

    25 Jul 3:17am Reply
  • granados63

    If only the World would LISTEN.

    24 Jul 11:13pm Reply
  • granados63

    My God my all time favorite.

    24 Jul 11:12pm Reply
  • websrfr

    Great message in the lyrics & I've heard other artists try to do this just as well as he & the only one who can pull it off is Julian.

    24 Jul 11:04pm Reply
  • Krystalicznaa

    "..imagine all the people living for today Aa-aaa.." ♥ ♥ ♥

    23 Jul 10:32pm Reply
  • sternenfee0

    ☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆--Klasse!!--☆--:*:--☆:*:--☆

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