Imagine

An analysis of Imagine by John Lennon

It would not be wrong to say that John Lennon indeed happens to be one of the most popular and influential musicians of all time. As a part of The Beatles, he gained a massive fan following and unmatched success as the band rose from dust to unbelievable fame.

Also, it would not be an exaggeration to consider John Lennon to be a musical genius and a visionary with great talent. In fact, it was his unique sound and vision that allowed him to bring a musical revolution during the 70’s which remained unparalleled. Around this time, he was working on a musical masterpiece, ‘Imagine’ which would later go on to win the hearts of many. In fact, this single is still widely cherished and loved to this date as it was when it was first released. This is yet another indication of the fact that John Lennon was a musician who was quite ahead of his time.

Released in October 1971, ‘Imagine’ would later go on to become John Lennon’s most successful single, becoming one of the most commercially successful singles of all time. In fact, soon after its release, it ended up breaking a number of previous records. The vinyl that it was released on also included ‘Working class hero’ and ‘it’s so hard’ at its backside.

The song ‘imagine’ is a beautiful expression of freedom and the joy that originates from it. This song, more or less, encourages the listener to challenge their existing notions of patriotism, religion, and freedom so as to live a unified life full of peace and sustenance for all. He starts off by asking us to challenge our notions of hell and heaven, by imagining that neither of them actually exist. Then he continues to mention that in order to imagine this, we all need to try a bit. This is obviously because we have been indoctrinated a lot of information and beliefs since or birth. So he points out that it would require some effort, but it is certainly possible to imagine. This was the one part of the song that made ‘Imagine’ a controversial ballad which was not so appreciated by the orthodox religious communities all over the globe. However, the entire purpose of the song is to encourage the listener to reshape their lives for unification, and to let go of things that separate us from one another.

In other words, all that John Lennon wanted people to do was to focus more on the present rather than worrying and even committing atrocities to get to heaven or hell later. This leaves us wondering how much we as a society will benefit if we begin focusing on the present. Indeed, this song is quite a thought-provoking one and at some point, it does make a listener question a lot of usual everyday stuff no matter how orthodox one is.

Indeed, ‘Imagine’ is a kind of masterpiece that is seen only once in a century. With thought-provoking lyrics and a pleasant music structure, ‘Imagine’ is a ballad that will be remembered forever.