Imagine Lyrics

Guess the missing lyrics to "Imagine" by John Lennon.
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Last updated: June 3, 2015
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Lyrics
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
Lyrics
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace
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 be as one
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
Lyrics
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world
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
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Level 22
Apr 18, 2015
Great song, got them all in one try. John Lennon is an icon.
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Level 73
Jun 2, 2015
Never knew country was pluralized until now. I thought he said "Imagine there's no Country."
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Level 76
Oct 27, 2015
Same
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2020
I don't think he meant any specific country. It's not like "can you imagine the world without Botswana?".
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Level 62
Dec 8, 2020
Imagine the world without the U.S., man wouldn't that be nice!!!
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Level 62
Dec 9, 2020
What a lovely troll-ish thing to say on Jetpunk. On behalf of all of those of us living in the USA, I’d say no, it would not be so nice.
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Level 47
Dec 9, 2020
Hello friends, here we eat popcorn and watch the soon to be fight
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Level 63
Dec 10, 2020
I used Botswana because I thought they might be less likely than some other countries to consider themselves "THE" country.
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Level 87
Jun 2, 2015
You left out a line, right before "Sharing all the ______".
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Level ∞
Jun 3, 2015
Fixed
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Level 71
Jul 24, 2015
Something for all the fans of this wonderful song: http://www.stanleycolors.com/2013/09/imagine-john-lennon/
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Level 71
Dec 8, 2020
I now see the link is no longer active. Here's the new one: https://s3.amazonaws.com/pablostanley/Imagine_colors.jpg Just click on the picture to see it in full size.
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Level 81
Aug 22, 2015
Imagine John Lennon sharing all the 220 million pounds he died with.
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Level 84
Apr 20, 2019
Yoko couldn't imagine sharing any with John's son.
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Level 81
Dec 8, 2015
I always though it was "nothing to live or die for", but I guess it doesn't quite make sense in the context of the song.
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Level 67
Jan 16, 2020
I thought it was die or kill for.
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Level 23
Dec 8, 2015
Never heard of this song.. I guessed 'love' and got 1/21 ^o^
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Level 50
Dec 8, 2020
How have you not heard this song ever? It’s consistently voted one of the best songs of all time!

😱😱😱😱

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Level 40
Dec 8, 2015
35 years ago today that great man died
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Level 47
Dec 9, 2020
He made great music, but he was far from a great man
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Level 74
Dec 10, 2015
I admire Lennon and his stance for peace, and this is a really beautiful song, but I've never shared the message of the lyrics.

The utopia he wishes for isn't one I'd like to live in. A world without "nothing to die for" is a world that's not worth living. Countries and religions have been the cause of many evil things, but also the cause of good and great things, and it gives many people purpose and happiness.

World peace is the goal, but I don't think it should be achieved by the means of homogenizing and sedating mankind.

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Level 63
Dec 20, 2015
Agree.
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Level 66
Apr 26, 2017
Same.
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Level 55
May 18, 2017
Agreed, that was quite eloquent
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Level 37
Apr 12, 2018
Perhaps that's because we've never had true peace. Imagine if Adam and Eve had not sinned.
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Level 78
Dec 10, 2020
Then they would never have died nor had children. That wouldn't have worked out too well for the rest of us.
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Level 84
Apr 20, 2019
A world [with] nothing to die for sounds good to me. What's so appealing about needing something so unattractive in life that you want to die to avoid its continuance?

How many times have you actually died for anything?

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Level 62
Dec 8, 2020
You missed rocamorar's point. Their point was that most people would die for the things the love. If you don't have anything to die for, then you don't have love. I would die for any member of my family. If I had nothing to die for, then that would be sad.
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Level 84
Dec 11, 2020
Then you both missed the point of the lyrics.
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Level 58
Dec 3, 2020
His idea of utopia isn't one in which nothing is worth killing or dying for, it's one in which nobody has to kill or die for what makes them happy. When he says to imagine there aren't any countries, he's not attacking the cultures that make up those countries, he's attacking the idea that those cultures have to be walled in and controlled by warring governments. This isn't supposed to be a realistic solution to the issues of the world, it's an entirely aspirational questioning of the divisions we take for granted
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Level 63
Dec 8, 2020
I get what you're saying, but I don't think the song is meant as an actual platform for government. The sentiment is: why don't we try working towards a world where everyone can be happy, and what are the obstacles to that? I would argue that nationalism, religious fanaticism, and greed are definitely obstacles - so let's try dealing with those?
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Level 74
Dec 8, 2020
I acknowledge that the sentiment of the song is a good one, but its lyrics wish for the suppression of countries, religions, and possessions. Not patriotic bigotry, religious fanaticism or abusive greed.
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Level 63
Dec 10, 2020
Again: it's poetry, not a platform for government - and I still have to point out that the song does not actually wish for the suppression of those things, but merely asks if we could imagine a world without them. I, for one, can very easily imagine a world without religions, and while that wouldn't save *all* problems, I still think it'd be pretty neat.
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Level 71
Jan 2, 2016
Great songwriter but abandoning his kid and openly mocking gays and handicapped children,he is not to be idolised
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Level 48
Oct 7, 2017
Site your sources. Never head that.
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Level 84
Jan 1, 2019
https://youtu.be/vxQB0fUMkGQ

Seen openly mocking people with learning difficulties.

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Level 84
Apr 20, 2019
Yes, Cheviot, he mocked politicians frequently.
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Level 62
Dec 8, 2020
@Punewolf, many here will probably refuse to believe this about Lennon no matter what evidence is shown. Lennon's ideaology is popular in today's society. And people today are not interested in hearing the truth. They will blindly agree that he was a great man who wrote the greatest song ever, even though he really wasn't so great a guy.
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Level 70
Dec 9, 2020
He was a bitter, awful, messed up human. He was also a hero. Those things aren't mutually exclusive. That's why we need lots of heroes, rather than disowning them because of their failures. The more heroes we have, the more facets of goodness we can search for in ourselves.
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Level 76
Jun 14, 2017
Just came back from Liverpool, England. Visited the statues and the museums of the Beatles.
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Level 26
Mar 21, 2018
Such lovely exhibitions, aren't they?
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Level 83
Apr 2, 2020
Ever seen Lennon's Rolls-Royce? 'No possessions,' my ****.
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Level 60
Jun 8, 2020
you bunch of communists !
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Level 60
Sep 19, 2020
By the way, this is actually not a Beatles song
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Level 70
Dec 8, 2020
...no one said it was.
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Level 46
Oct 2, 2020
Thank you celebrities
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Level 70
Oct 8, 2020
Over-rated dead dude.
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Level 66
Dec 8, 2020
Whether you like him or not, he's probably the most influential musician of the entire twentieth century. There are others that are often cited as innovators in their time (Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Jimmie Rodgers, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald), but Lennon is the one whose influence is still most directly at work in music today and in every year since the Beatles landed. The only other ones I can think of who have been consistently influential since their arrival are Bob Dylan, Kurt Cobain, Lennon's bandmate Paul McCartney, and Stephen Sondheim. My very unscientific feeling is that Lennon's influence is the most pervasive among that lot.
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Level 85
Dec 8, 2020
Without Hank Williams your list is incomplete. He's the most influential musician of the last 100 years. First popular white musician to openly embrace and acknowledge the the blending of cultures in modern music. Without him there is decent chance there is no one after him on your list.
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Level 66
Dec 8, 2020
I think that is quite an overstatement, but I actually thought of Hank Williams and intended to include him on my list. Oversight on my part. But with regard to your last comment...Williams deserves recognition for being among the first, but that does not mean everyone who followed owes him a debt. The mixing of different cultures into pop music is an inevitable result. If he invented something wholly new, that's one thing, but to bring together different styles is admirable but not revelatory in the same way. And in any event, by "most influential," I meant the person you can still identify by listening to modern music. You cannot get away from Johnn Lennon chord changes and phrasings, even in new bands. Hank Williams belongs with Buddy Holly and Fats Domino in that his music was great and he was a pioneer...but you don't really hear what they were doing in modern music, or even in music that came out 30 years ago.
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Level 22
Nov 2, 2020
i thought i had to imagine lyrics '-'
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Level 46
Dec 8, 2020
RIP JL. 40 years today :(
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Level 67
Dec 8, 2020
I reckon most people understood that it's easy to "imagine" no possessions if you're sat comfortably in your plush New York penthouse. Great tune though and of course I got 100% by singing it in my head.
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Level 46
Dec 8, 2020
You're supposed to imagine that everything is shared rather than that nothing exists for you to possess in the first place. Hence the deliberate use of the word possession which is derived from the verb possess, meaning to own.

The song doesn't preach or condemn people for having possessions, it simply invites people to imagine a better world where there was no need for them. It's easy if you try, a plush New York penthouse will neither help nor hinder your imagination.

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Level 62
Dec 8, 2020
It's great to imagine world peace, but it will never happen. For it to happen, there would need to be no dictators, no religious fanaticism, no racism, no greed, etc. Human nature itself will ensure that we will never have world peace. The notion that people are basically good is a flawed concept.
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Level 62
Dec 8, 2020
Sometimes I agree with your sentiment, and sometimes I don't.

I would love to believe in the peace expounded by Lennon in his better moments.

But often I'm too cynical to fully believe.

Great song, though.

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Level 66
Dec 8, 2020
That's probably why the song is called "Imagine."
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Level 56
Dec 8, 2020
Commie song.
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Level 74
Dec 25, 2020
Yup.
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Level 74
Dec 25, 2020
I do not want to imagine this kind of world.