efghijiloveyou wrote:The older I get, the less and less I like this song. The music is beautiful, the musicianship is top notch and John's singing is great, but the lyrics don't do it for me. I don't mean to offend anyone here, but phrases like '"imagine there's no heaven", "no possessions" and "no religion" seem hollow coming from a man who seemed to always be looking for meaning to his life. He also says "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". What does it mean? Is he saying we should all be godless communists? It seems like an anthem for Marxism and as much as I love the man's music, I can't abide his politics. Also, for a man who belived in the truth as he did, the lyrics remind us of how disingenuous the song's message is in regard to the way John himself lived his life. To those who say "yeah, but it's a good song, John meant well", I say John would have ripped this song to shreds if it came from someone who didn't mean it. This song really is a powder keg, but it's slathered in honey and good intentions. It's a pretty big political statement that doesn't capture my heart or my soul.
efghijiloveyou wrote:You may not view it as political, James and I understand that , but I can't help but hear it as political. I'm not averse to political ideas in music, but Imagine just isn't my cup of tea anymore. I love Lennon's catalogue for the most part and he got a whole lot right on Imagine.
efghijiloveyou wrote:If it isn't political, James what is it? The message is about changing social order isn't it? I could write a book on the politics of "Imagine". Lennon described himself as a utopianist. Utopianism is a political stance. It is defined as "the views or habits of mind of a utopian, having impractical schemes of political or social reform. Reforms based on the belief that a peaceful society can be brought about by persuading those in power to accept peace". Sounds like "Imagine" to me. Now, put that it context with all of John's political activity at the time it was written and it becomes obvious that "Imagine" is charged with ideology and has a distict political bent.
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