Analyzing John Lennon's "Imagine"

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We’re All Dreamers

Imagination comes about in dreams and requires the willpower to make them real. In the song, “Imagine,” John Lennon somewhat instigates everyone to visualize his vision of his imagination. Throughout the song he states how different the world would be, in lack of killing, material possessions, greed, hunger, etc., thus leading us to virtually, an unrealistic, but ideal world. The word imagine, just that one word, can lead the complex mind to many notions. “What he left behind was the utopian imagination we all share that still exists in a million brains refusing to be silenced.” ("World Socialist Movement")

“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...” The first verse of this song, “imagine there's no heaven,” is already thought provoking enough. I think what he is trying to get across is the world would be a much better place without religion. The reason why he states, “it’s easy if you try” is because the world is horrific and brutal and it’s not hard imagining the world without a heaven. Lennon once stated, If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion—not without religion but without this my God-is-bigger-than-your-God thing—then it can be true ... the World Church called me once and asked, "Can we use the lyrics to 'Imagine' and just change it to 'Imagine one religion?" That showed [me] they didn't understand it at all. It would defeat the whole purpose of the song, the whole idea. Lennon caused much conflict just within the first 15 seconds of the song, considering religion is quite a touchy subject among many people. I can positively see why this song triggered so much controversy.

“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…” Here again Lennon speaks upon religion. “The true inspiration for writing lyrics that...