‘Imagine’: John’s and Yoko’s Hymn to Progressive Utopia

For the last 15 years, I have been making good educational use of Lennon’s famous song “Imagine.”  In one of my classes, analyzing the song helps Japanese students think critically about song lyrics.  The song is very well known and popular in Japan, in part because Lennon’s wife was Japanese.  Yoko Ono’s leftist beliefs also left their mark on the content of the song, a fact that will probably soon receive official recognition by the National Music Publishers Association.

The song’s doubtful assumptions and internal contradictions make it an instructive instance of the sloppy, shallow thinking we often find in the world of mass entertainment, which unfortunately then goes unfiltered into the minds of countless consumers. 

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  • BillyHW

    Worst song ever.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      Imadgine no women voters,
      It’s easy if you try…

  • tom_billesley

    Imagine there’s no islam….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJiWQ4JJVWs

    • Norman_In_New_York

      A meeting of the minds. LOL!

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Once again, here is a better version.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aR4I9rsESrk

    • Gary

      Wow, imagine 1 billion people wanting to work and get jobs .

  • Millie_Woods

    I didn’t find the Beatles interesting at all. They had a few songs I liked but I never bought an album or understood their popularity. I remember sitting around with friends who went on and on about the meaning of Sgt. Peppers or the White Album while it played in the background. I just couldn’t get into it. Maybe I was missing something or maybe I wasn’t hitting the bong as hard as they were. I had a full-time job, that might have grounded me differently. My musical tastes at that time were Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd and American rock and roll.

    I know there’s a lot of Beatles fans out there. No insult meant, I just couldn’t get into them.

  • Gary

    I keep have atheists tell me how moral they are . But they can’t cite even 1 Atheist nation to hold up for having no crimes and full employment.
    All of them choose to live in Western nation and avoid attacking islam other than Dawkin’s whom I have 2019 in the Pool for being killed by a muslim.