Imagine By John Lennon

What is the Meaning of Imagine by John Lennon?

As an anthem of the 1970’s, John Lennon’s immortal Imagine has been a call for living in total peace and harmony. During the throws of the Vietnam War, which was ending as the song was released, many people protested the government sending our soldiers to die in a conflict that had little to do with us. Lennon also tired of this and through his powerful song suggested that we imagine a world in which this never happens, because there is no reason to fight.

His powerful lyrics start the song with “Imagine there’s not heave, it’s easy if you try. No hell below us above us only sky.” There is only us and what is going on today. He thought we shouldn’t worry about anyone or anything else, simply live for today. It’s a simplistic way of saying that if we just lived for what we wanted with our lives then there would be no need for anything but harmony.

Lennon goes on to say, “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.” With no countries there would be no reason for people to fight to defend those countries. There’s “nothing to kill or die for,” because the governments would not be sending their boys (and now girls) out to destroy those who disagree with their structure. His stab at “no religion too,” can be interpreted as how many wars throughout history were started as religious disagreements. If there is no religion then there is nothing for people to disagree over, therefor no reason to have to go to war. There would be only peace






“Imagine no possessions. I wonder if you can. No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man.” This verse goes on to talk about the other reasons for conflict and death in our world. Many people have been killed or hurt over something as simple as having something that others do not. Those who have often don’t pay attention to those who have not, who in turn can get jealous. By not having possessions there is no need for greed. There would be fewer murders over personal possessions. Countries wouldn’t go to war over possessions such as oil or weapons. As a brotherhood we would share our items, there would be no children dying of hunger because everyone would have access to the same food. The world would be at peace and live in harmony.

Lennon then calls on everyone to see the world as he sees it can be. “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.” He wants everyone to shed their materialistic and warmongering ways. With the breakdown of governments, religion, and personal possession Lennon believes that the world would live in peace and harmony. There would be no reason to go to war, fight, or murder.

Imagine is a simplistic but hopeful view of how life could be.