Imagine: Happy 70th Birthday John Lennon

John Lennon would have been 70 today.

John Lennon has been one of the most politically influential artists of the 20th century. Catapulted to fame as being one of the lead singers and founders of The Beatles, he continued with his solo career after the band split in 1970 and produced some of the most amazing music of the time till his death. He was shot dead by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980. The reason for the murder was apparently that Lennon once commented in an interview that “We (The Beatles) are more popular than Jesus now…”, which did create some uproar in the United States at the time. But the murder took place more than a decade after that occurrence, and no one really takes this reason seriously.

He was one of the greatest proponents of world peace, harmony and fighting for the people’s rights. His influence was such that even the administrations of the United States, where he moved to from his native England and lived till his death, at the time were wary of his activities. His death surrounds mystery and controversy, with many conspiracy theorists considering political motives behind his murder instead of a criminal action of an angry psychopath.

But then again, that is what the world does to the people who talk about peace.

Offering him a tribute on his 70th birthday with a couple of his most iconic works, which remain to be the symbols of world peace and harmony to this day and will remain to be for all times to come.

IMAGINE (1971)

Written by: John Lennon

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

Courtesy: Apple/Capitol Records

I still remember singing these lines for the Cultural Week Show held in 2006 at my University.

GIVE PEACE A CHANCE (1969)

Live Version

Written by: John Lennon

Everybody’s talking about
Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism,
Ragism, Tagism
This-ism, That-ism, ism, ism, ism
All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.

C’mon
Everybody’s talking about ministers,
Sinisters, Banisters and canisters, Bishops and Fishops,
Rabbis, and Pop eyes, Bye, bye, bye byes
All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Let me tell you now
Everybody’s talking about
Revolution, evolution, masturbation,
Flagellation, regulation, integrations,
Meditations, United Nations,
Congratulations

All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
Everybody’s talking about
John and Yoko, Timmy Leary, Rosemary,
Tommy Smothers, Bobby Dylan,
Tommy Copper,
Derek Taylor, Norman Mailer,
Allen Ginsberg, Hare Krishna,
Hare, Hare Krishna

All we are saying is give peace a chance,
All we are saying is give peace a chance.

Courtesy: Apple/Capitol Records

Google were keen on offering their tribute to the legend in their signature “Google Doodle” way, triggering a chain of tributes on twitter, facebook and other social networking websites and discussion forums around the world.

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