John Lennon’s Imagine – You Don’t Need to Imagine It


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

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

I say to you, you don’t need to imagine a world like John Lennon’s Imagine.

A place like that already existed. You just need to know where to look.

It was called Lenin’s Red Terror (280,000 finished dreaming John Lennon’s dream).

It was called Stalin’s Great Purge (1.2 million finished dreaming John Lennon’s dream).

It was called Stalin’s Holodomor (8 million finished dreaming John Lennon’s dream).

It was called Mao’s Great Leap Forward (43 million finished dreaming John Lennon’s dream).

It was called Pol Pot’s Killing Fields and Cambodian Genocide (2.2 million finished dreaming John Lennon’s dream).

It was called Castro’s Cuba (141,000 finished dreaming John Lennon’s dream).

It was called Kim’s North Korea (800,000 finished dreaming John Lennon’s dream).

It was called 98 millions lives snuffed out.

We don’t need to imagine a world like John Lennon’s Imagine. You can see it right here in the past 100 years of atheist history, where there was no religion to hold back human evil, and where there was no hell below us because hell was right here on Earth.

And if you doubt that was what Lennon was singing about… Well, just check out the top entry at this list (hat tip to Sodahead.com commenter yourmom.

So yeah, keep playing it on the radio, sure. In fact, it goes perfectly well with the end results of Earth Hour.

Oh, and thanks for breaking apart the Beatles. Can’t forget to mention that great achievement, can we?

See also Sting’s Russians – Not Applicable to Modern Terrorists and Tears in Heaven – Atheist Despair Version for more song politicizing.

Above from Diversity Lane.


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27 Responses to “John Lennon’s Imagine – You Don’t Need to Imagine It”

  1. ourboy Says:

    Nice post. Just a few days ago, I wrote something kind of similar.

    http://soundofthepounding.wordpress.com/2009/03/27/imagine-no-imagine/

    Then I learned that William F. Buckley had written something along the same lines shortly after John Lennon’s death.

    It’s nice to see that there are people out there smart enough to see the stupidity of this song. I love the Beatles and much of John Lennon’s solo work, but “Imagine” might be the most ridiculous thing (lyrically, not musically) that he ever wrote. Kinda sad that people think this song is some sort of description of a better world.

  2. Scott Thong Says:

    It’s a sad fact that most artistes, be they in music or film, are pampered limousine liberals to the core. They are also massive hypocrites on their latest pet campaign, global warming.

    However, it seems that a fair number of ROCKERS are conservatives!

    Ted Nugent

    Joe Perry

    Alive Cooper

    Trust them to always go against the establishment… Which happens to be liberal today!

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    […] Imagine: John Lennon…Wow We Don’t Need To Imagine What Lennon didn’t quite get with the words to this beautifully written song is that word do have meaning.  The Utopia he sought has been fulfilled in a long list of places, resulting in genocide, starvation, mass murder, you name it.  It seems that the World is and probably has been a bit more complicated than Lennon envisioned.  But hey, it was the sixty’s, Lennon had his sheep, fifty years later Algore has his lemmings, and Obama has his sycophants.  I for one am not worrying about filling my tank or making the house payments, Obama’s got it covered.  cross blogged from buuuuurrrrrrning hot […]

  4. jcscuba Says:

    I”ve added you to my blog roll, your site rocks, #1 neo-con in Maylaysia LOL you are probably safer there than I am here. Pretty soon Obama is going to want to give me TARP money and shut my site down. Keep up the great work.

  5. John Lennon Says:

    Hypocrites are as hypocrites do “ie” Bush and Cheney

  6. th Says:

    Your numbers are a little low. Lenin killed 10 to 20 million.
    Stalin killed 30 to 40 million. Mao killed 50 to 60 million.
    the United States Supreme court is also in the running: 50 million and counting.

  7. Scott Thong Says:

    Can we count abortion victims too?

    https://scottthong.wordpress.com/2009/01/23/dear-president-obama-i-almost-wish-your-mother-had-aborted-you/

    – 1.2 million babies killed every month wordlwide

    – 1 in 5 of all pregnancies end in murder wordlwide

  8. Nasaei Ahmad Says:

    How cruel man is! Animals do not horribly kill their kins like we do !

    I never read any research on abortion motive. Might be the majority those who involved in pre-marriage/ illicit/ illegal sex did it. For the married, they have no motive to kill those innocent infants/ foetus. So, the solution may be to ‘educate’ people with religious awareness.

  9. Timotheus Says:

    I use this line ocassionally on atheist blog sites and it drives them berserko!

    “Imagine there’s no Lennon…it’s easy if you try.”

  10. Ron Says:

    I was never much of a Beatle’s fan, but equating John Lennon’s dream of a world in which everyone lives in peace with the atrocities commited by brutal dictators hellbent on doing the exacat opposite is a bit disingenuous, wouldn’t you say?

  11. Simon Thong Says:

    The biggest influence on John Lennon was Yoko Ono..

    “Imagine, there’s no Yoko…”

  12. Scott Thong Says:

    I was never much of a Beatle’s fan, but equating John Lennon’s dream of a world in which everyone lives in peace with the atrocities commited by brutal dictators hellbent on doing the exacat opposite is a bit disingenuous, wouldn’t you say? – Ron

    So are his lyrics insinuating that religionper se is the hurdle to world peace and happy gumdrops forever.

    I’ve been wondering, why is it that all the Communist dictatorships were also de facto atheistic or downright anti-religion?

    https://scottthong.wordpress.com/2010/03/24/why-were-communists-usually-also-atheists/

  13. Ron Says:

    Scott asks:

    “So are his lyrics insinuating that religion per se is the hurdle to world peace and happy gumdrops forever.”

    The entire verse is:

    “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”

    So the context is clear — Lennon is advocating for an alternative to the dogmatic “us vs. them” mindset common to both nationalism and religion.

    “I’ve been wondering, why is it that all the Communist dictatorships were also de facto atheistic or downright anti-religion?”

    “All” is a sweeping generalization. Not every dictator is/was a communist…or an atheist…or anti-religious.

  14. Simon Thong Says:

    Lennon was not capable of advocating anything…merely imagining. Aided by marihuana…

  15. Scott Thong Says:

    Ron,

    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

    Your analysis?

  16. Ron Says:

    My analysis? Sure why not.

    He’s saying this may be your one and only chance at existence, so stop focusing on some unproven afterlife and make this one count for the better. Or as the atheist bus ads said:

    “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life”..

  17. Simon Thong Says:

    Yes, I’ve seen the bus ads..but atheists are so uptight about others who are believers in God, so what would they know about enjoying life? Anyway, that is a strawman argument.

  18. Ron Says:

    I’m glad you’re able to recognize your own logical fallacies.

    Admitting you have a problem is the first step towards recovery.

  19. diamondsky Says:

    In 1952 Doris Lessing, a British writer who has since won the Nobel Prize for Literature, was part of a delegation visiting the Soviet Union.

    Her memories of the trip are clear and unforgiving:

    “I was taken around and shown things as a ‘useful idiot’… that’s what my role was. I can’t understand why I was so gullible.”

    How can intellectual curiosity transform into active promotion of a dangerous lie? Why so many ‘useful idiots’?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/documentaries/2010/07/100624_doc_useful_idiots_lenin.shtml

  20. menj Says:

    You do realise that you are going to be laughed at by militant atheists the likes of Sam Harris and Richard Dawkins for associating Marxism/socialism/communism with atheism, don’t you?

  21. Scott Thong Says:

    You do realise that you are going to be laughed at by militant atheists – menj

    Yes, I’ve been chided several times for equating the two.

    But still… Isn’t it a remarkable ‘coincidence’ that Communist regimes were also rabidly atheistic?

    I contend that it is the systematic rejection of ‘foolish religious rules’ – including those against murder – that enabled the inhumanities carried out by the Communist states.

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  23. Ron Says:

    Amazing Life
    Pat Duffy Hutcheon, Humanist in Canada (Spring, 1993), p. 28.
    (to the tune of “Amazing Grace”)

    Amazing life, how great the code
    that carves a course through me,
    to futures yet uncharted from
    some long forgotten sea
    .
    No master hand defined my fate.
    No gods created me.
    Star dust and ocean wave did spark
    the genes that led to me.

    Amazing life, how great the code
    that carves a course through me;
    of life that first emerged from out
    some long forgotten sea.

    O’er eons of uncounted time,
    like shifting dunes of sand;
    from grasping paw on groping limb,
    evolved the human hand.

    Amazing hand, how great the tools
    that humankind could wield.
    How wide the world that hitherto
    from animals was sealed.

    But symbols were the crucial key
    that opened culture’s gate;
    for language carried consciousness,
    and knowledge in its wake.

    Amazing power of human thought
    that carves a course through me;
    to futures yet uncharted from
    some long forgotten sea.

  24. RJ Says:

    equating atheism with communism is completely stupid. i think communism was one of the worst ideas humanity has had, yet i’m an atheist.

  25. Scott Thong Says:

    Well in all fairness, it’s just like how Christians attribute the Crusades, the Inquisition, witch burning etc. to the hijacking influence of politics, power struggles and petty vendettas.

    But one does have to ask, why were the Communists always atheists? Not just that, but also virulently and violently anti-religion. Lenin and Stalin crushed the local Christians, Mao and Pol Pot crushed the local Buddhists as a policy.

  26. Arvind Raj Says:

    I don’t know what to say.Those ‘atheists'(By the way I don’t care if their are atheist,they are an abomination and disgrace to human race,especially to atheists anyway)are nothing compare to God.I assume that you are an Christian.Please justify the killings of many billion people in the Old Testement.I would love your explanation.

  27. roger Says:

    lets all join the age of scientific enlightenment and abandon superstitious dogma that originated in the dark ages.Time is running out and I dont want my children to die at the hands of religious fear mongers and war makers.

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