John Lennon — Imagine
Album: Imagine
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Released: 1971
Length: 2:58
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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
Aha-ahh

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
Yoohoo-ooh

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

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
Yoohoo-ooh

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
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Yup, just rated John Lennon's "Imagine" a 3 (Ho Hum). Going to hell for sure. However, gave "Dear Prudence" a 9. Go figure.
Agree with the posts that note the irony of a person living in the Dakotas (NYC apartment building, not states) singing about anti-materialism.

But if it inspires others to imagine a different world, it works for me.

And I'm sure Clear Channel will ban it again when the war with Korea starts.  That earlier banning (re: war on terrorism) shows that the corporate heads Lennon was directing his criticism at understood the dangers of inspiration.

{#Daisy}
10
that's ripping good OTB!!! {#Roflol}
 DeemerDave wrote:
Socialist, godless drivel.
 
Pat, why you callin' yourself Dave?

https://www.advocate.com/sites/advocate.com/files/2015/05/29/Pat-Robertson-x400%20copy%202.jpg

lizardking wrote:

Lazarus - where have you been?  I haven't seen a post from you in a month or two.....hope you're OK right this second and enjoying life.

Long Live RP!


This is the best song ever written... hope life is grand for you right now, lizardking... love Radio Paradise...


I LOVED John Lennon's work in The Beatles.  But this is the most fatuous pop song ever written.  While the lyrics tend to evoke the old warm-fuzzy in all of us, he was a BILLIONAIRE, living with his daughter-of-a-Japanese-industrialist, artist wannabe old lady in possibly the MOST exclusive apartment building in Manhattan singing "...imagine no possessions".  It don't git no mo' fatuous than that!  Sucko-barfo for utter insensitivity toward the entire world.
 Skydog wrote:
Someone's feelin' dreamy today, "Imagine" preceded by "Somewhere Over The Rainbow",....10 minutes 'till 4:20 here in the east part of the USA.

 
Bill must be at the DMV or something cause that is the same today.{#Roflol}
 DeemerDave wrote:

Socialist, godless drivel.

{#Frustrated}



 
I'll see your "Socialist, godless" and raise you Communist Atheistic
 Lazarus wrote:

 

Lazarus - where have you been?  I haven't seen a post from you in a month or two.....hope you're OK right this second and enjoying life.

Long Live RP!


 Bluecobra wrote:
Pure genius.
a song that could change the world
if we could let it
 

 
Absolutely.
What a world we would have.
Who doesn't dream?
a terrible song with which to follow Israel Kamakawiwo'oleSomewhere/Wonderful


The failed answers to the mystery of life revealed as fails, then replaced in a moment of art, then the song ends, and the mystery goes on.  But a  trail of hope remains to be followed, in that tune that you can't quite get out of your mind.
{#Think}
 kingart wrote:

Amen, brother. I hear that 110%. 
Still, the song is a vision of Utopia.
I'll settle for reliable civility and a major decline in ethnocentric noise.  We can all go from there. 

 
Cheers, but actually it is not brother, mate, if at all, it is sister! {#Daisy}
Amen to that.
 kingart wrote:

Amen, brother. I hear that 110%. 
Still, the song is a vision of Utopia.
I'll settle for reliable civility and a major decline in ethnocentric noise.  We can all go from there. 

 
Our differences are our strength and our weakness.
 VH1 wrote:
How very interesting to read here that not even in this forum it is possible to achive peace by simply let those who love this song love it, and those who do not love it, push the PSD button. It would be so simple.

No, instead there are insults and threads and general "if you do not think like I think I'll f... kill you" mentality all round!

All here should stop an think for a minute and listen to their own words and then realise, THAT is exactly what's wrong with this world!

And all this under a song like "Imagine"!

It is unbelievable! 

One just has to read here and it becomes clear that there will NEVER be peace on this planet. Never. What a shame! {#Daisy}

 
Amen, brother. I hear that 110%. 
Still, the song is a vision of Utopia.
I'll settle for reliable civility and a major decline in ethnocentric noise.  We can all go from there. 
How very interesting to read here that not even in this forum it is possible to achive peace by simply let those who love this song love it, and those who do not love it, push the PSD button. It would be so simple.

No, instead there are insults and threads and general "if you do not think like I think I'll f... kill you" mentality all round!

All here should stop an think for a minute and listen to their own words and then realise, THAT is exactly what's wrong with this world!

And all this under a song like "Imagine"!

It is unbelievable! 

One just has to read here and it becomes clear that there will NEVER be peace on this planet. Never. What a shame! {#Daisy}
 steeler wrote:
DeemerDave wrote:

Socialist, godless drivel.

{#Frustrated}



 

And another great band name!

 
{#Bananajam}
So godlike😀
Pure genius.
a song that could change the world
if we could let it


 
 WonderLizard wrote:  Posted: Nov 17, 2015 - 20:52
(2,755.46 mi. due east of Paradise)
Imagine peace.

 
 After this day, I wish I could.  
 dwhayslett wrote:

You believe I insulted you by pointing out that insulting someone in a complaint about that same someone insulting you is projection? My, you do have a low threshold for feeling insulted.

Have you insulted anyone first? (I can only assume you mean prior to this post.) Perhaps not directly, but (as you wrote elsewhere) "many of the Radio Paradise listeners must be oblivious to what is truly great music" is pretty condescending, if not outright insulting, and casts a very wide net. And when you start lobbing firebombs about a song like "Imagine" that so many like so much, you're going to get strong reactions. That you came in looking for a fight is an unavoidable conclusion.

As for your adolescent chest beating ... well, I shouldn't be hard to find, especially for someone of such obvious intellectual capabilities. You'll have to forgive me, though, if I don't hold my breath. Or to put it another way, get over yourself.

By the way, do you always sign your posts "asshole"? (And why won't you spell it out?)



 
If I feel that a song is bad,such as the aforementioned "Imagine" and is not just an overrated song-but a bad one at that;and if people collectively overrate this while underrating other far more worthy songs-then I will call out "The Naked Emperor." In another post,a poster noted that many people's ratings seem influenced by nostalgia. While this poster ..."resists the urge to criticize" other people's ratings,I do feel offended that some musicians get a free pass simply based on their reputation. It is like the "A" student who turns in a very poor assignment but gets another "A" anyways based on his prior scholarly achievements. Listen to "Across the Universe" to grasp how well Mr.Lennon could express similar sentiments MUCH better musically and lyrically.OH,and I don't spell out vulgarity on a public forum visible to anybody.I do believe that the monitors do have a policy(obviously unenforced) regarding ad hominem attacks and vulgarity.
 dennis_chary wrote:
 dwhayslett wrote:

Have you ever looked up the word "projection"?

 Have you ever looked up the word "ignoramus"?If you insult me in a post-I will reply in kind.I have never insulted someone in a post UNTIL he/she has insulted me.Perhaps you and fiji5555 could get together and practice reading in your Grade One primer.Look at fiji5555's original comment,and then look at my original comment regarding "Imagine."Telling me to get my head out of my ass is an insult-expressing my intense dislike of a song by making fun of the song-is not insulting.If you don't feel I have sufficient reasoning to back up my opinion,why bother ridiculing me.As to my response to fiji5555,your sarcastic jab at my use of the word patchouli doesn't give my opinion more "heft",but the popularity of different artists that I cited is readily available-simply Google "Twelve Sad Facts About Music"-.does.As I've told fiji5555 do not respond by insulting me;because if I find out who you are-you and I will have problems.Sincerely yours, A———. 
 

You believe I insulted you by pointing out that insulting someone in a complaint about that same someone insulting you is projection? My, you do have a low threshold for feeling insulted.

Have you insulted anyone first? (I can only assume you mean prior to this post.) Perhaps not directly, but (as you wrote elsewhere) "many of the Radio Paradise listeners must be oblivious to what is truly great music" is pretty condescending, if not outright insulting, and casts a very wide net. And when you start lobbing firebombs about a song like "Imagine" that so many like so much, you're going to get strong reactions. That you came in looking for a fight is an unavoidable conclusion.

As for your adolescent chest beating ... well, I shouldn't be hard to find, especially for someone of such obvious intellectual capabilities. You'll have to forgive me, though, if I don't hold my breath. Or to put it another way, get over yourself.

By the way, do you always sign your posts "asshole"? (And why won't you spell it out?)


For the residents of the world, no more violence please

!{#Hearteyes}
Imagine peace.
wow, buzz kill....

Bill G. can you simply delete these rants?
 sunny_day wrote:

Funny because you gave a rating of 10 to 4 Beatles' songs.

 
and exactly what does one have to do with the other?

Let me help. The answer is "Nothing!"


 dwhayslett wrote:

Have you ever looked up the word "projection"?

 Have you ever looked up the word "ignoramus"?If you insult me in a post-I will reply in kind.I have never insulted someone in a post UNTIL he/she has insulted me.Perhaps you and fiji5555 could get together and practice reading in your Grade One primer.Look at fiji5555's original comment,and then look at my original comment regarding "Imagine."Telling me to get my head out of my ass is an insult-expressing my intense dislike of a song by making fun of the song-is not insulting.If you don't feel I have sufficient reasoning to back up my opinion,why bother ridiculing me.As to my response to fiji5555,your sarcastic jab at my use of the word patchouli doesn't give my opinion more "heft",but the popularity of different artists that I cited is readily available-simply Google "Twelve Sad Facts About Music"-.does.As I've told fiji5555 do not respond by insulting me;because if I find out who you are-you and I will have problems.Sincerely yours, A———. 

 below72 wrote:

dc - it's about time for your daily BM isn't it?  Oh wait...you just took one.  AAAAhhhh - do you feel better now?
News flash COSMO..Without THE 'BE-A-TULS' the rest of the musicians you named wouldn't exist.
Now...itsn't it about time for you to head back to the bathroom?{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}

 



Ah yes ASS____,I just had my BM and vomit session,after hearing your horribly overrated,sniveling John Lennon caterwaul his preschool level philosophy on "Imagine." If you would bother to actually read the above mentioned post which you are vituperating on,I am simply pointing out that mass popularity and musical quality are not necessarily the same thing-as shown by the many researchable examples I have given.Simply being the progenitor of certain musical styles-and that is a very debatable point where the Beatles are concerned-does not automatically make you better than those artists you have supposedly influenced.The Beatles were great,but were also overrated.Their solo careers demonstrated for the most part that they needed each other. Of course,by the kindergarten level of your unthinking retort,you demonstrate your limited IQ and musical perspective.
 dennis_chary wrote:
To Milleronic:The fact that the majority of listeners disagree with me does not make any song better or worse than any other song on these playlists.By your logic Creed is a better band than The Jimi Hendrix Experience since Creed has sold more recordings than has Hendrix.By your logic "Gangnum Style" by Psy must be better than the Beatles "A Day in the Life" since as of the end of 2014,"Gangnum Style"is the most downloaded Youtube Video with the highest number of likes(though not necessarily by percentage.) OH and Barbara Streisand must be better than Tom Petty,Pearl Jam,and Johnny Cash combined since she has sold more records than all of them combined-and Ke$ha must be better than the Beatles since"Tik Tok" has sold more than any Beatles song.



 
dc - it's about time for your daily BM isn't it?  Oh wait...you just took one.  AAAAhhhh - do you feel better now?
News flash COSMO..Without THE 'BE-A-TULS' the rest of the musicians you named wouldn't exist.
Now...itsn't it about time for you to head back to the bathroom?{#Guitarist}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}
 dennis_chary wrote:
to fiji 5555,no,the world is a sadder place because of tone deaf posters such as you who need to insult someone ...

 
Have you ever looked up the word "projection"?
 dennis_chary wrote:
To Milleronic:The fact that the majority of listeners disagree with me does not make any song better or worse than any other song on these playlists.By your logic Creed is a better band than The Jimi Hendrix Experience since Creed has sold more recordings than has Hendrix.By your logic "Gangnum Style" by Psy must be better than the Beatles "A Day in the Life" since as of the end of 2014,"Gangnum Style"is the most downloaded Youtube Video with the highest number of likes(though not necessarily by percentage.) OH and Barbara Streisand must be better than Tom Petty,Pearl Jam,and Johnny Cash combined since she has sold more records than all of them combined-and Ke$ha must be better than the Beatles since"Tik Tok" has sold more than any Beatles song.



 
And we know your opinion has real heft since you used the word patchouli.
 dennis_chary wrote:
I despise this song.The melody is decent,but not by any means great.The smell my patchouli scented armpits navel gazing simplistic whimpering for a utopia that never has and never will exist makes me want to gouge his eyes out.As great as the Beatles often were,they were also overrated.It galls me that oversimplified schlock such as this gets an unconscionably high 8.9 rating while while the best songs of R.E.M. or Nick Drake or The Pretenders are rated no higher than low 8's. 

 
what's so funny about peace love and understanding?
Someone's feelin' dreamy today, "Imagine" preceded by "Somewhere Over The Rainbow",....10 minutes 'till 4:20 here in the east part of the USA.
 steeler wrote:


Well, yes then. Yes, I am.
Great band name, by the way.  

 
Amen,Amen Amen.A horrible and horribly overrated song.
 
I rate this a 12
 
 dennis_chary wrote:
To Milleronic:The fact that the majority of listeners disagree with me does not make any song better or worse than any other song on these playlists.By your logic Creed is a better band than The Jimi Hendrix Experience since Creed has sold more recordings than has Hendrix.By your logic "Gangnum Style" by Psy must be better than the Beatles "A Day in the Life" since as of the end of 2014,"Gangnum Style"is the most downloaded Youtube Video with the highest number of likes(though not necessarily by percentage.) OH and Barbara Streisand must be better than Tom Petty,Pearl Jam,and Johnny Cash combined since she has sold more records than all of them combined-and Ke$ha must be better than the Beatles since"Tik Tok" has sold more than any Beatles song.



 
"only people make you cry"
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is all hope lost?
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.
yes.
To Milleronic:The fact that the majority of listeners disagree with me does not make any song better or worse than any other song on these playlists.By your logic Creed is a better band than The Jimi Hendrix Experience since Creed has sold more recordings than has Hendrix.By your logic "Gangnum Style" by Psy must be better than the Beatles "A Day in the Life" since as of the end of 2014,"Gangnum Style"is the most downloaded Youtube Video with the highest number of likes(though not necessarily by percentage.) OH and Barbara Streisand must be better than Tom Petty,Pearl Jam,and Johnny Cash combined since she has sold more records than all of them combined-and Ke$ha must be better than the Beatles since"Tik Tok" has sold more than any Beatles song.


 lemmoth wrote:

Nonsense - great replies from Phlattop and JohnJamesMullin

As someone who - eventually - ditched my wife but never my kid to find my true soulmate I relate to John's experience of a too young marriage.  Yes - he had wealth, but it didnt make him happy.  Yes - living far afield he didnt always/often do right by Julian - but he tried to make up for it later  - directly with Julian and through his - unfortunately - ever so brief time with Sean.

And yeah - rich folks who also happen to be genius level artists = and got rich through their art by the way - are what - supposed to become uber defenders of the capiatlist, religiocentric, establishment.  Hardly. 



As someone whos father left his mother, I can't begin to tell you the impact such thing can have on a kid.

Just because someone is good at music (or something else) doesn't mean that someone has good ideas about how others (or themselves) can attain happiness. Lennon was a very good musician but his "ideas" are very sht in my opinion, and the fact that he didn't seem to realize the practical limitations of his ideas (not everyone lives in a mansion and can have sleep ins in the hilton) only adds to that.

 
 dennis_chary wrote:
I despise this song.The melody is decent,but not by any means great.The smell my patchouli scented armpits navel gazing simplistic whimpering for a utopia that never has and never will exist makes me want to gouge his eyes out.As great as the Beatles often were,they were also overrated.It galls me that oversimplified schlock such as this gets an unconscionably high 8.9 rating while while the best songs of R.E.M. or Nick Drake or The Pretenders are rated no higher than low 8's. 

 
The majority of listeners here disagree. And, as your angry post demonstrates, you don't get it; hence, part of the problem. Peace, dennis_chary, you could use some.
This song/melody are fine, but hardly a 9 or 10.  The lyrics are pretentious, inane and childish all rolled into one.  It reminds me of those who slap a "Coexist" bumper sticker on their car as if that somehow will advance their cause or create some higher plane of existence.    While I'm "Imagining" I think we should cure cancer, prevent all child death, end all rape, ensure equality among all sexes, races and peoples.  Save the whales, environment, family values, or "insert your favorite cause here."

This song is no "Biko", or Edwin Starr's "War".  There's no call to action, it's fluff.  Nothing substantive to get behind.  Maybe it's one of those, "You had to be there" things.    
" 'ere - this bloke keeps saying 'wouldn't it be better if we were all just nice to each other' "
"What? - nail 'im up with the rest of 'em"
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"Life can make you prisoner,
and the plains can bake you dry,
Snow can burn your eyes,
but only people make you cry"
.(Wandering Star (from Paint Your Wagon) sung by Lee Marvin)
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Lets face it, as a species, as a planet - we're all doomed.
oh well try & enjoy the ride while it lasts eh?
peace to this small planet!
to fiji 5555,no,the world is a sadder place because of tone deaf posters such as you who need to insult someone simply because you can not see the sacred cow emperor's nakedness.The melody is decent but boring,the simplistic and simpering philosophizing has less intellectual depth than a typical kindergarten conversation,and the flow of the song is so stilted and saccharine that I can feel my teeth falling out as I listen to it.Scanning your music rating list tells me everything I need to know about your(lack) of musical taste;and your flawed grammar tells me that your IQ is somewhere South of 100.

 
 dennis_chary wrote:
I despise this song.The melody is decent,but not by any means great.The smell my patchouli scented armpits navel gazing simplistic whimpering for a utopia that never has and never will exist makes me want to gouge his eyes out.As great as the Beatles often were,they were also overrated.It galls me that oversimplified schlock such as this gets an unconscionably high 8.9 rating while while the best songs of R.E.M. or Nick Drake or The Pretenders are rated no higher than low 8's.
 
So you want to gouge Lennon's eyes out for imagining a better world?
That's beyond sad.
 dennis_chary wrote:
I despise this song.The melody is decent,but not by any means great.The smell my patchouli scented armpits navel gazing simplistic whimpering for a utopia that never has and never will exist makes me want to gouge his eyes out.As great as the Beatles often were,they were also overrated.It galls me that oversimplified schlock such as this gets an unconscionably high 8.9 rating while while the best songs of R.E.M. or Nick Drake or The Pretenders are rated no higher than low 8's. 

 
Sounds like you need to get your head out of the proverbial ass and stop whining so much No wonder the world is in the shape it's in populated by such as you..{#Nyah} Oh and I gave it a 10. don't get mad now.
I despise this song.The melody is decent,but not by any means great.The smell my patchouli scented armpits navel gazing simplistic whimpering for a utopia that never has and never will exist makes me want to gouge his eyes out.As great as the Beatles often were,they were also overrated.It galls me that oversimplified schlock such as this gets an unconscionably high 8.9 rating while while the best songs of R.E.M. or Nick Drake or The Pretenders are rated no higher than low 8's.