Imagine by John Lennon - an analysis of the song

The Song, not the Singer

The idea was to write about John Lennon's song, Imagine, not about John himself, the Beatles, Liverpool, Yoko Ono, New York, his assassination, or anything else. So I'll try to do exactly that. I will even restrict myself to the lyrical and musical aspects of the song, not its popularity, sources, later influence, and so on. Here goes...

The Song - taken as a whole

This song, as conceived and as first recorded, is deceptively simple. It consists of a short intro on piano, two verses, a chorus, a third verse, and a repeat of the chorus, followed by a brief 'playout' which is more or less a recap of the intro, turned to close on the tonic chord.

But the song has inner strength. The simplicity is indeed deceptive. There are subtleties in the structure and execution. Also, the lyric, though superficially platitudinous, never oversteps itself, and is in fact genuinely challenging to the open mind.

The Music

Imagine is in the key of C Major, the simplest key in western music.

The four bar intro is alternate bars of C (the tonic) and F (the subdominant). Guitar transcriptions usually put Cmaj7 on beat four of bars 1 & 3, but that is only to recognise the passing note B in the piano right hand melody.

The verse harmony is simple in that it changes only on beat one of each bar:

C / / / :F / / / :C / / / :F / / / :

C / / / :F / / / :C / / / :F / / / :

Am / / /:Dm / / /:G / / /:G7 / / /:

But the first surprise is that the verse is 12 bars long and ends on the dominant seventh. Verse two immediately follows verse one, with exectly the same harmonic structure.

The chorus follows - You may say I'm a dreamer...

F / G / :C / E7 / : F / G / :C / E7 / :

F / G / :C / E7 / : F / G / :C / C / :

And the chorus, though moving at the same tempo, changes harmony twice as fast, on beats one and three. Also, the E7 chord, with its G#, which invariably falls on a vocal silence, gives an optimistic brightness to the progression, which, till now has been firmly rooted in the C-major scale. This is a standard 'Dixieland' progression, but not commonplace in rock-derivative music.

One last observation. The song has this structure:

12-bar verse

12-bar verse

8-bar chorus

12-bar verse

8-bar chorus

Find me another that does this before telling me Imagine is ordinary.

The Lyric

There is some elegant structuring here. Each of the three verses begins "Imagine" and answers with an empathetic comment. And each verse is more challenging than the one before. So, we have:

  1. Imagine there's no Heaven - It's easy if you try
  2. Imagine there's no countries - It's not so hard to do
  3. Imagine no possession - I wonder if you can

Let's just look again. There can be nothing greater than Heaven, but John saw that it is easy if you try to imagine it away. And so it is. Countries - much lesser than Heaven, yet much harder to get rid of, though, to an open mind, not so hard to do. Finally possessions - as petty as we can get, but John realised that most of us could not imagine a world with no possession - I wonder if you can - excellent writing, John!

This crescendo of challenges that forms the opening of each verse is answered by a similar set of three imaginings to close each verse. This time, we have:

Imagine all the people...

  1. living for today
  2. living life in peace
  3. sharing all the world

These are also fascinating. In context, living for today is not an apology for Hedonism. It is not 'living for the moment' in a selfish way. It is in fact very much an echo of the Sermon on the Mount - 'Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin'. Then, living life in peace - here is the realisation that most people merely want to live out their lives peacefully. John had previously written Give Peace a Chance, a protest song for peace. But in Imagine there is no protest, no blame, only hope. Finaly, sharing all the world is not about dividing out the spoils. It follows naturally from an opening of borders, a geographical sharing, the consequence of living at peace, without countries. This song stands up on every level.

Now the chorus - You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one - Look how he doesn't instruct. He merely acknowledges that you, the listener, might not yet have considered these things, but others have. I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will live as one - only 'I hope', no unrealistic expectation, no instruction.

And throughout the whole lyric, there is no anger, no frustration. Nothing but patience, hope and concern for humanity at large.

(This equanimity does not pervade every song on the Imagine album, but John Lennon was always a complex character. He gave us Imagine, as the title track of his signature solo album, and we can be sure it was no accident).

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SunSeven 9 years ago from Singapore / India

What a great piece of writing! Thank you so much for this Hub Paraglider. This is one of my all time favs.

Perhaps you can spice it up with some stats like how it did on charts and how the song influenced many over the world etc?

I always used to imagine things too. May be there is something wrong with me. LOL!! Best Regards.


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Paraglider 9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

SunSeven -

Thank you very much. I value your appreciation. I probably will add to it over the next day or two, but I just wanted to put it 'out there' to see if it could hold its own.


nathalie 8 years ago

do you know where it was recorded?


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

I believe it was recorded in 1971 in his own home recording studio in Tittenhurst Park, Berkshire, UK. It was probably remixed by Phil Spector (strings added) prior to release, but I'm pretty sure the original voice & piano tracks were laid at home.


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justmesuzanne 8 years ago from Texas

This is absolutely lovely! Thank you so much! :)


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Paraglider 8 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

My pleasure - it's a favourite of mine. Has been since way back then :)


Chris and Amy 7 years ago

Thanks for your help. Excellent analysis :)


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DennisBarker 7 years ago from Newcastle Upon Tyne,UK

I love the song and your appreciation of the song shows through clearly in your writing. Thanks for putting this piece together.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Dennis :)


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

Excellent hub. So glad I found it: the song is indeed elegantly worded. When I think about some of the hymns we had to sing at school -- about God's "terrible, swift sword," etc. -- this would have been a much better message to give kids. . . Your interpretation is a literal reading of the logic of the text, great to see. Now: here's your homework -- compare "imagine" to "let it be" . . . .


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Teresa - that's easy. Let it be is to Imagine as Paul was to John...


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nextstopjupiter 7 years ago from here, there and everywhere

great analasys of a great song


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks for the appreciation, nextstopjupiter :)


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

nice piece of music, nice analysis....u truly are a deep thinking sensible man...I am ur fan now...


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Prettydarkhorse - thank you very much. Nice name, by the way :)


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Lee Boolean 7 years ago

Excellent song, great piece about it. Enjoy all your writings, keep on doing what you do.


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

Thanks..guess the picture of a horse is better than my face hahaha....i love horses, but they never like me, couldn't saddle, they are way too big than me...

this is personal....you are from Scottland, one day i dream, i could go there...u working in middle east??


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Lee!

Prettydarkhorse - Yes, I'm in Qatar, on contract work. When you go to Scotland, visit the West coast for its beauty; don't just go straight to Edinburgh (but do that too!)


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

yes, ill do that, i love to go there...


Mary Wagner 6 years ago

I love this piece! Thank you for your eloquence. I wanted to hear the song after reading and found this nice rendering on youtube: youtube.com/watch?v=-b7qaSxuZUg


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Mary, and welcome :)


branko 6 years ago

I used to sing this song, in my mind, many times,wolking


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi branko - It's very memorable, a good one to keep in the head!


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Shinkicker 6 years ago from Scotland

Nice Hub paraglider

It is one of the most inspiring songs ever written.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Shinkicker - it's one that's been in my repertoire forever (except that I have to play it in E - John's voice is a lot higher than mine!) It is a great song.


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Hi Paraglider, 'Imagine' demonstrates how to send an incredibly powerful message without preaching. John had his faults, but 'Imagine' emphasised all the wonderful ideals he hoped and dreamed of. I've heard comments of the lyrics being banal. Admittedly there's no 'skip the line fandango' but we got the intent loud and clear. Imagine often tops the 'best song of all time charts', great song, great hub, loved it!


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks attemptedhumour - I agree that Imagine was a triumph. Anyone wanting to learn song writing could certainly start here.


Isabelle 6 years ago

heyy, thanks for this! Your analysis has been really helpful :)


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

That's good - thanks for telling me.


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sligobay 6 years ago from east of the equator

I liked John Lennon as an artist until he wrote Imagine.

This song convinced me to love him. When John was taken from us, the world lost a poet and a great spokesperson for humanity. Cheers.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks sligobay - I liked John and George in and out of the Beatles. But never much cared for Paul's solo material. Imagine was/is a great song.


ALICE 6 years ago

Hi Paraglider! Got you posted on facebook. So love to read your writings. As always, a fasinating read.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Alice. I'm a pretty rare animal on facebook. Hardly ever seem to have the time to visit it! Thanks for the read :)


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Alice in Wonder 6 years ago from South Texas

Hi Paraglider! Got signed on to HubPages, thanks to your writings. I will say how incredible this sight is, only have seen the tip of the iceberg so to speak thus far. You have so many blogs, three years worth. Looking forward to reading away! A huge fan, I am.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Alice - thank you for the appreciation :) There's a lot of good stuff on this site, as long as you can avoid the marketeers!


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attemptedhumour 6 years ago from Australia

Hi Paraglider, had to reread this hub as it means such a lot to me being a Beatles and John Lennon Fan. We are having a Beatles music party at a friends place in December and Imagine will definitely be one of the magic songs we'll all sing along to. Cheers mate.


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks, attemptedhumour - welcome back to my brief tribute :)


thomoturk 6 years ago

Yet another cracking hub from the Glider.

Well thought out & well written piece.

I am not a Beatles fan, out of almost 7000 tracks on my hard drive there are none by the Fab 4 as a group or any of their solo efforts. To me in the 50s "pop" music split, one branch led to Elvis, Buddy Holly, & later the Beatles another was Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Stones, Faces etc. Not much deep meanings there but a-shave-&-a-haircut-2-bits still works for me lol


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Paraglider 6 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

thomoturk - It's always possible (retrospectively) to define schools, but these irritating guys like Lennon keep refusing to be ring-fenced. Good, that, no?


thomoturk 6 years ago

Toooooo right


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eculligan 6 years ago

John Lennon still appreciated after 30 years http://hubpages.com/health/Death-of-John-Lennon


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Mark Ewbie 5 years ago from Euroland

Hi Paraglider, I noticed a forum post I agreed with and chose a hub that spoke to me. Nice analysis of Lennon's song, deceptively simple indeed.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Mark - thanks for the visit. Most welcome :)


John Stephen Taylor 5 years ago

The song, simplistic though it is, has certainly saved me from some dark and depressing moments. I am an optimist. Is the glass half full or half empty? Depends on whether you are drinking or pouring...


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks John. It's a song that means a lot to a lot of people.


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Jean Bakula 5 years ago from New Jersey

Hello Paraglider,

What an excellent analysis of the song. I have a son in his early 20's who has become fascinated with the Beatles, especially much of John's solo work. As he tries to learn to play the songs, he says they sound so deceptively simple, but the chords and the way they are written are actually quite complex. I'm a dreamer too, and wish there would be a day when the world would truly live as one. Soon we may have no choice. I hope it's not too late.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Jean - that's right. Most Beatles songs are much subtler than they first appear. Thanks for the read :)


Anneleen  5 years ago

Could you perhaps also explain to me what you mean with that 'living for today' doesn't mean in a selfish way? I don't really understand what you mean with the 'Sermon on the Mount' part. I have to do an analysis about this song for English!


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Living for today is taking life as it comes, without being too driven by ambitions or goals. There's no direct reference to the sermon on the mount in the song, but the mood of that verse is not unlike the part about the lilies. But if you don't see the connection, don't include it in your analysis!


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tonymac04 5 years ago from South Africa

I first heard this song sung by Randy Crawford who does it most awesomely. It deeply impressed me then and I only later found it was written by Lennon!

It is a wonderful and inspiring song. You deliberately have not included here any analysis of sources for the song. Do you have any info about the sources? It would be a fascinating read. I would think that Lennon's inspiration was Buddhist and as you mention above the Sermon on the Mount, or at least parts of it.

Thanks anyway for a really wonderful Hub. You might find this link interesting: http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/imagine.html

Love and peace

Tony


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Tony - My brother brought the original Imagine album home from his first term as a student in Aberdeen. I've heard Yoko Ono claim that she and John co-wrote it, but when she said that, he was no longer around to verify. Maybe it's true.


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PlanksandNails 5 years ago from among the called out of the ekklesia of Christ

"I have always had to deal with the constant conflict of my love for their music and the evil that I perceive surrounds it."

http://bungalowbillscw.blogspot.com/2009/05/did-jo...


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

PlanksandNails - regarding your scurrilous link, someone who believes in neither heaven nor hell is hardly likely to have made a pact with an imaginary devil, is he? I think you'd do better to focus your efforts on the real world, rather than fantasies.


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

John was undoubtably 'politically educated' by Yoko. She did, I think, open his eyes to the real world therefore I think it quite likely that she was co-writer.That isn't to say that he wasn't super on his own but that they brilliantly complemented each other. Hope people don't go searching for religious meaning in this song-There aint any,jandee


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

jandee - there's no religious meaning because the song is refreshingly irreligious. I'm sure Yoko contributed ideas, whether specifically or generally, but I doubt very much if she contributed to the music or lyric, because these are areas in which she had no obvious talent.


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jandee 5 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

Paraglider Hmm! I tend to think that when she presented her poems, which were from the 50s, to John,which she did,that was when she made her contribution!

Imagine-sorry-if it had been Paul who had handed the poems to John ! What then???


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

That's probably right. I'm sure she was a 'muse' or inspiration to John, as was Paul in their younger days. And vice versa, of course.


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Sembj 5 years ago

A great analysis of one of my favorite songs. My sense is that the song is about letting our notion of who we are dissolve so that the world around us becomes more important than the individual. Perhaps I am reading too much into the lyrics but the notion of "The world will live as one" means that we will recognize our relationship to the planet itself as well as to each other. But perhaps we are being invited to imagine all of the Utopian results of a very different world - but one that is conceivable none-the-less if we were willing to change our values and view of our own importance.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Sembj - I don't know if JL intended that 'Gaia'-aware reading of the lyric, but it certainly fits, and I'd say that the style of the music would also be sympathetic to the message. Nice reading, and thanks for commenting.


waxi 5 years ago

Dear Paraglider

WOnderful post and I cannot thank you enough for the lucid evaluation of this epoch making song albeit controversial.

I just like to add some points please .

If Lennon read your article he would have been taken aback since Socrates has it "Poets are bad interpretors of their works " I doubt Lennon gave a very deep thought before penning down this song . He extrapolated the lyrics from Yoko Ono's book "Grape Fruit " where a line appears something like 'Imagine digging a hole in your garden and clouds dripping in blah blah "Lennon himself confessed that this book was his bible always next to his bedside so no wonder this song appeared to him in a dream whilst on a flight to NY and when he woke up he scribbled what every he could recall on the back of an old hotel Bill lying in his pocket . He refined the lyrics on return to Tittenhurst , London and added melody

Another way of looking at the song is that the man who preached or simply suggested , no borders , religions and possessions [sounds like a Marxist agenda promoted by Left Wing Liberals ] himself amassed millions and fame of immeasurable levels relaxing in his posh palatial homes in New York and drinking away his infamous lost weekends away.

At any rate , this is one of the landmark artistic material released in last century and will endure the times to ensue and given that the song challenges the listener to imagine the imaginable will always attract listeners and critics alike

Lennon is indeed one my favourite artists Can you imagine me saying that after all I have written ?

Kind regards

Waqxi


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Waxi - thanks for adding the details about the genesis of this song. I learned something new there. I agree that there was probably a lot of serendipity in the choice of lyrics and especially in the almost perfect pairing of lyric and melody. Lennon is one of my favourite artists too, and in fact Imagine is not even in my top three favourite Lennon songs, though it will always be a classic.


waxi 5 years ago

You are welcome Paraglider I also agree that whist Imagine is Lennon's signature tune but he wrote more songs As it happens , Artists are identified by their signature songs which over shadow their more powerful outputs One example is Sinatra he is know for delivering MY WAY but his best works are "September of my years " , the incomparable "Old Man River " and the finest saloon song "One for my baby and one for the road "

I ll read more from your Hubs

You are great

Waqxi


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

A classic example of that was Jose Feliciano. He had a lot of songs behind him but was forever the 'Light my Fire' man. So much so that in concert he used to say 'Now I'd like to do a medley of my hit' (singular!) Nice sense of humour.


waxi 5 years ago

Hi Paraglider [oh Wish you could give me ride to clouds with you ]

I reckon its the same with most of the artists . Another classic example is Neitzsche He has been so tragically misconstrued by his defining line "Will to power " that it has been tragically abused and earned the writer a notorious reputation Many evil acts have been carried guided by this world's most infamous aphorism

YOu are great

Waqxi


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi waxi - my paragliding is purely mental, I'm afraid. I like watching them over the hills when I'm home, but I'm not about to take it up at my age!

Many poets are also best known for their anthologised works, while their real message is tucked away in their complete works. Thomas Hardy is a case in point.


Mike 5 years ago

Excellent analysis. Nice insight into the structure of the song. Thanks. I very much agree.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Mike :)


MSanderford 5 years ago from Raleigh NC

I have always enjoyed the melody of the song and as for the message, it is a nice sintiment and looks great on paper. I would love a world where everyone lives in peace and harmony. Unfortunately, or so I believe, humanity is incapable as long as there is greed, envy, pettiness and hatred.

As for you, my new friend, I have enjoyed the discovery of you and your work and will continue to read and learn more of your opinions and perspectives. Thank you for being y-o-u!


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi MS - thanks for commenting and welcome to Hubpages. I agree that we probably can never achieve true harmony, but we can surely do better than we are now!


Alexa 5 years ago

Hi there. I'm using this article in a research paper I am doing. I wanted to cite it as well as possible so I was wondering if you could let me know when you last updated this lovely amount of information. thank you!


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Alexa, apart from answering comments, my last update to the text of the article was 7 months ago. Good luck with your research paper :)


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habee 5 years ago from Georgia

Wonderful analysis, Para! These lyrics are certainly thought provoking. Voted up.


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Habee - the song is getting more relevant by the day, as people's lives and futures are being stolen from them.


waxi 5 years ago

I paraglider Hope you are in good health and spirits

Last night I heard Imagine album -its great

I absolutely agree with you that the song Imagine is more relevant than every before Same for other songs on the album "give me some truth now " is also becoming more relevant now Do you know about the movement called "Imagine no hunger ? " yu can find that on FB etc

My regards you are a good man

Waqxi


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Paraglider 5 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Hi Waxi - thanks for revisiting :) 'Give me some truth' could have been the theme song for wiki leaks. I'd not heard of Imagine no hunger, but I'll certainly checkit out. Thanks for the tip.


R. J. Lefebvre 4 years ago

Para,

John Lennon's Imagine got my attention where I had to get a copy of the sheet music and a CD. My first impression of the song was: Yes, religion is deviding people not uniting. I started to realize that when I was a midteen; exposed to many variations claiming each was the one and only! Thanks for your excellent hub to refresh my memory

Ronnie


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Ronnie - the song is truly evergreen, as appropriate to today's world as it was to the 70s.


Ines 4 years ago

I had to work on this song for school, and your analysis really helped me ! It's the best I've found, thank you very much :)

Ines, from France.


R. J. Lefebvre 4 years ago

Para & lines,

Yes indeed, John Lennons Imagine is capable of helping people around the world to coalese as one world; my hope, wish!

Ronnie


Chad Headlee 4 years ago

This song perfectly expresses my sincerest wishes for humanity. Why can't the world unite as one, and live peacefully, with no war, no politics, no religion, no possession? This song displays the perfect image of a perfect world. But it's all empty hope. Such a world can never exist. It is very depressing.

Thank-you for the song analysis, you did an excellent job. It was very unbiased and thorough.

Sincerely,

Chad Headlee


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Chad - while we probably never will achieve it all, there's no doubt that we could be doing a better job than currently we are. That's why there is a place for songs such as this, to keep hope alive.


SeanWeston 4 years ago

Thanks for doing the analysis, helped me alot:)


Ronen 4 years ago

Thanks Para for this wonderful piece!

Well we have many great artist and songwriters but what makes John Lennon stands out from the rest (for me) is the way he puts his emotions in the song and the way he delivers. Songs like Mother, I am only sleeping and Yer blues to name a few. With Imagine too, he sounds so simple and in the best possible way to get the message across.

Lennon lives forever! He comes very frequently in my dreams too :)

\m/ Cheers!!!


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Marty Wombacher 4 years ago from New York City

A really great article about a wonderful song. Thanks for writing and posting this!


Vickie Holden 4 years ago

I think when he said living for today he meant that as opposed to looking forward to the rapture.


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Paraglider 4 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Vickie - I don't think that's likely. John wouldn't have given the 'rapture' a second thought. He didn't move in these circles. Still, it's certainly worth not thinking about, as the piece of latter-day mumbo-jumbo that it is!


Dave Stockdale 3 years ago

Its really nice to see what makes up songs, and this is a really great analysis.

The only thing I noticed was (it maybe a Tomato/To-mart-o thing but I wouldn't say the song has a 12 bar verse. It seems much more logical as a musician to view this as a typical 8 bar verse with a four bar pre-chorus/bridge.

While the transitions may not be emphasized greatly, the pre-chorus has a different melody, chords, rhythms and feel when compared to the verse. Not only this it begins on the sub-dominant (F) which is seen all the time in pre-chorus/bridge's and ends on the dominant 7th (G7) creating a perfect resolution on the first chord (C) of the chorus (very typical of most pre-choruses).

It also makes a much more common looking structure:

8-bar Verse

4-bar Pre-chorus

8-bar Verse

4-bar Pre-chorus

8-bar Chorus

ect.....


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Paraglider 3 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Dave - nice distinction, I like it. I think if you come at it straight as a modern song, your analysis is faultless, but if you come at it more classically, with Minuet form in mind, mine also fits it exactly. Thanks for the contribution :)


:D 3 years ago

thanks, it helped me a lot! :D


ya mama 3 years ago

what is the melody and rhythm of this heck of a song?


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Paraglider 3 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

ya mama - check it out on you tube - not hard to find!


R. J. Lefebvre 3 years ago

This one grabbed me right away. I could not recognize any peace on our earth with spiritually programed people! However I do believe in the possibility of a supreme beyond us, consider the lyrics: something from nothing leaves nothing, you have something to make you free. Your statement about John Lennon's song brought out more reasoning in his lyrics. I have vacillated through many religions and concluded no one can ever define who God is.


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

Religions are the very reason why there are wars and terrorism. People are killing each other just in the name of their God or gods, which is rather ironic.


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Paraglider 3 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

I would be more general than that and say that irrational belief is at the root of all conflict, whether it is dogmatic belief in a religion or in a political ideology. Characteristic of every fanatic is the lack of critical thinking


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Thief12 3 years ago from Puerto Rico

Interesting hub. Love the song!


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TimMcCabe 3 years ago from Gloucester, NJ

I love how you dissected this amazing song. Only if a majority of the people in this world thought as John Lennon did. RIP John. Thanks for the Hub. I really enjoyed reading this.


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Paraglider 3 years ago from Kyle, Scotland Author

Thanks Tim - it is an amazing song. I can still remember the first time I heard it :)

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