♫ Imagine (Again) ♫

Now, I know that I played this song three times during 2018 and once during 2019.  And, I know that a couple of my beloved friends/readers to not care much for John Lennon.  But, I have a reason for playing this one tonight, so please … bear with me.

I just finished catching up on comments to my last few posts, and before that, I spent a couple of hours on my ‘good people’ post.  And a few things came to me during the course of those two things.  I sense in the comments a lot of hopelessness among you guys.  Oh, don’t get me wrong … I’ve been down in the rabbit hole more times than I can count … there have been days that I considered jumping off a cliff, and there will no doubt be such days again.  But, it disturbs me to feel that some of you have given up hope that we can turn things around in this nation … in the world.

I have been so hopeless so many times in the past three years that I’ve perfected my plan to jump off a cliff if needs be, but as yet I still have hope that we can turn things around.  We will never live in a perfect world, for humans are the most flawed species on earth!  But, we can make it better.  If I didn’t believe that, I would not be sitting here writing this tonight.

And so, I ask you, dear friends, to listen to this song … really listen … even if you don’t like Lennon, or you’re tired of me playing it … just listen.  Let the words of hope wash over you.  It’s a new year, and yeah, I know that the markings on a calendar are a contrivance of humans and have no meaning in the grand scheme of things, but … let’s start 2020 with at least a tiny shred of hope that we can make a difference.  If we can’t make a difference, if you truly think we are just doomed … then why do you love the ‘good people’ posts so much?  You love them for the same reasons I do … because they give us hope for the future … for humanity.  Now, don those headphones, sit back and close your eyes, and just absorb the music, okay?  Love ‘n hugs!

Imagine
John Lennon

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 (ah ah ah)

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

Songwriters: John Winston Lennon
Imagine lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Downtown Music Publishing, BMG Rights Management

33 thoughts on “♫ Imagine (Again) ♫

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  2. Love love love this post dear friend! Yes, there is always HOPE, no matter how bleak things may look! You can play that song as often as you like! I was actually just listening to the Beatles, as I walked the treadmill! LOL! Here’s to more hope and remembering that there are things to be thankful for, may 2020 show us that very clearly! 🙂 ❤

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  3. A comment on your comment is being posted here due to the verbosity of my original comment. It amazes me that the Beatles trivia was not known by a single person that I have ever told it to. Which leads me to believe that I must tell it more often! Be that as it may, I wanted to share something else that shares the sentiments of John Lennon’s “Imagine”. Today on Colin’s “A Dog’s Life” post there is a revisited poem from his book “Just Thinking” that is well worth taking the time to read. Enjoy & Thank-you! P.S. I decided to make the Nouwen quote my 2020 mantra! It was a toss up between that one and another of his that I rediscovered jotted down with that one.

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    • I admit that it is rather surprising that the trivia isn’t more well-known! Y’know, dear Ellen, with your vast knowledge of so many things pertaining to music & artists, you might consider writing a book? For some reason, I am not getting notifications of new posts by Colin, though I used to. I will check out his post in the morning, for tonight I am about to call it a night … exhaustion is setting in. Hugs, my dearest Ellen!

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  4. This is one of my all time favorite songs. It’s the words for me and I like Lennon too. I don’t care about his past life, but his talent…
    I really want to be hopeful, but I also hate to get my hopes up, but we’ll see.

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    • I fully understand not wanting to get your hopes up, for it hurts when they come crashing down. But … I think hope must go hand in hand with pragmatism. Small, realistic steps, what is possible. I’m so glad you liked the song, Mary!

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      • Jill, I put my commenr here, given Mary’s love of the song. As we have discussed, I think this is one of the finest songs ever written with its simple message. Lennon wrote so many terrific songs of varied subjects, but his songs to bring the world together resonate. Keith

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        • Thanks Keith … I fully agree … he may have had his faults, but he was a humanitarian, he saw the world both as it was, and as he wished it could be. I would add … Imagine the leaders of the world had the heart of a John Lennon, a Martin Luther King, or a Mother Teresa …

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  5. “Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the dark.” – Henri J. M. Nouwen. Quite recently, whilst looking for something else entirely, I came across this quote that I had jotted down long ago in one of my numerous little journals. Those words were a much needed gift to myself, as at the time I was desperately trying to find more reasons for hopefulness amidst the hopelessness. It seems to me that hope had a greater ebb and flow this past year, many times hope felt ephemeral at best. And then just when one needs it most, some printed words or a song is rediscovered and one finds it is true…Hope springs eternal! But, I digress. My comment should be focused on this song that has often been revisited by you but will forever remain well worth the revisiting. It is always the perfect New Year’s Day choice! If you will indulge my Propensity for Loquacity…read on; if not…move on to the next follower’s comment now! I shall share a rather lengthy bit of trivia that originated on this day, January 1st, back in 1962. It was on this day that the group, then unknown outside of Liverpool, called the Beatles traveled through the snow for over a hundred miles in a van for a recording audition in London at Decca studios. At that time the Beatles consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, John Harrison and the original drummer Pete Best. They auditioned for 1 1/2 hours performing 15 songs for the senior A.R. man Dick Rowe and his assistant Mike Smith. Smith had seen them perform at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and suggested the audition to their manager, Brian Epstein. Apparently the session did not go well, but Smith said that a decision from Rowe would come in a few weeks. After many weeks, Epstein contacted Rowe and was allegedly told these words by him : “Groups with guitars are on the way out” and added “The Beatles have no future in show business.” I say allegedly because Rowe blamed Smith for the decision. History has certainly proven Rowe and/or Smith wrong! However years later George Martin, the Beatles’ producer at EMI, said that he, too, would have turned them down on the basis of the mediocre Decca audition tape. Therefore, I propose another scenario to consider. “Imagine” if you can, what would have happened had the Beatles given up hope and accepted defeat back in 1962. Mayhaps more accurately, try to “Imagine” all that would not have happened to the world of music…it is indeed unimaginable! Here is too a new year filled with HOPE! Happy New Year Jill! Thank-YOU!

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    • WOW Ellen!!! That is one amazing story, and one I had never heard before! And the point is well-taken … if they had given up, we would have missed out on some really great music! So … we will keep on fighting, and I thank you with all my heart for your P for L and for this story about the Beatles!!! Happy New Year to you and yours, dear friend!

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  6. OK, I sat back, closed my eyes and absorbed the music for you.I’m choc filled with new faith and a grand hope for the future.No rabbit holes or cliff edges for me.I even went to Happy Xmas(war is over) to bolster it. I’m ready but where’s the rest of the world?
    Cwtch

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    • Well, thank you for doing as I requested! And, I’m glad you’re ‘choc filled’ and ready to go fix the problems of the world. Where’s the rest of the world … well, I’m here, and a handful of others … I guess it’s up to us to go convince the rest of the world, eh?
      Cwtch

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    • I’m glad to know that! Yes, he left his mark on the world … a positive mark. If everyone thought like him, there would be no wars, no guns, just people helping one another. But, sigh …

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  7. If John hadn’t written this way back when, I would have had to. His thoughts and mine were very similar on this subject. I’m glad he wrote it because he had worldwide access; I couldn’t get anyone but friends to read my poetry. And this is still my all-time favourite song, nothing else will ever take its place.
    I may have given up for now, but suicide is NOT in my vocabulary. As long as my mind is any degree of “compos mentis,” I will not stop believing in life.

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    • Somehow I thought you were one of the ones who said you didn’t like John Lennon. Well, I’m glad you liked this one, then and yes, I could see you writing something like this. I’m also glad to know that suicide is not in your vocabulary … it’s not in mine, either, at the moment, but I cannot say about next November 4th!

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      • Whatever gave you that idea I will never know. George was my favourite Beatle right from the start, and his spiritual bent proved me right when it finally showed. But John was a true peacenik, and his philosophy resembled my own. His “Bed In” tour was a stroke of genius. “Give Peace a Chance” and “Instart Karma” were great great songs. Once he got away from Paul he blossomed into the real leader of the Peace Movement. I have always loved the work he did, which dovetailed with George’s desire to create a spiritual community of the earth. May they soon reincarnate, if that is their path.

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