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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


 

Imagine


A few nights ago I watched the documentary "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," and last night finished up with the "extras" (the footage that didn't make the final cut). A really worthwhile film (including the extras, which often aren't), a portrait of someone who was not only a great talent but someone who tried to make a difference (and who earned the enmity of the U.S. Government as a result). Definitely recommended.

Just one fact I learned (from an interview with Geraldo Rivera, no less!) which I'll pass on. From the day John left the Beatles, he never performed a single concert for money. Every single appearance was a benefit for (or just supporting) one or another progressive cause.

Do I wish we had someone of John Lennon's stature supporting the antiwar and other progressive causes today? You bet I do. Because, although it's masses of people who ultimately can cause change, it's often individuals like Lennon who can inspire them to do so.

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
The most beautiful song ever written (or sung).


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