‘Imagine’ John Lennon Died 31 Years Ago

‘Imagine’ John Lennon Died 31 Years Ago

New York City : NY : USA | Dec 08, 2011 at 7:46 PM PST
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“Imagine there’s a heaven;” imagine a world in which John Lennon was still alive. One of the founding members of the Beatles, Lennon was a political activist and strived for peace. Along with his wife, Yoko Ono, the two staged protests from their bed. A troubadour, a poet, a philosopher; John Lennon’s legacy lives on in his words and his never-ending presence.

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

I’d like to think Lennon was wrong on this point. That there is a heaven where men of philosophy and philanthropy, the free thinkers and doers; pontificate and relate to those below. That somehow we are bestowed with the gifts of their wisdom; but I’m a dreamer.

Imagine there's no countries

It isn't hard to do

Nothing to kill or die for

And no religion too

The immortal words of an iconic poet, master musician, and leader of a peaceful revolution died at the hands of Mark David Chapman. Howard Cosell told the stunned nation that the leader of a generation was dead, during “Monday Night Football.”

Thousands flocked to the street where the bearded, long-haired, sandal wearing man of peace had taken his last breath. Yoko Ono, by his side, has never let his memory flicker in the eternal flame of his artistry and life.

You, you may say

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

Just as it was, thirty-one years ago tonight; the lights and candles, prayers and tears, and above all the songs of Lennon ring through the streets. John Lennon was shot before entering his New York City apartment building. The world was in shock. The man of peace died a violent death. For some, a prophet of the new age left a legacy and litany of words, deeds, and love.

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

Imagine Lennon today, thirty-one years older and wiser. Would he be part of the Occupy Movement; more than likely the answer would be yes. His prolific words almost foretold the movement decades after his death. It is a statement that melodies carry in their whimsical way, yet there is no whimsy in their message. A tapestry of rhythmic sound in a threaded shield of light and hope carry us through.

You may say

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

John Lennon sparked an attitude that reigns today. The overthrow of governments by common people, the pressure on Wall Street to give back to the common man, the willingness to join together in the streets or via internet…yes John, the world will live as one. I hope someday you’ll join us; I’m a dreamer, but not the only one.

Rest in Peace


Washington Post


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Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in Cannes
Former Beatle John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono in Cannes
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