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MellieD
12-08-2005, 08:46 AM
25 years.




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Imagine

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 isnt hard to do,
Nothing to kill or die for,
No religion too,
Imagine all the people
living life in peace...

Imagine no possesions,
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 Im a dreamer,
but Im not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us,
And the world will live as one.


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swamptoad
12-08-2005, 10:08 AM
All we are saying is give peace a chance.
John Lennon

And so this is Xmas for black and for white, for yellow and red, let's stop all the fight.
John Lennon

As usual, there is a great woman behind every idiot.
John Lennon

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue with that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock and roll or Christianity.
John Lennon

Everything is clearer when you're in love.
John Lennon

God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
John Lennon

Guilt for being rich, and guilt thinking that perhaps love and peace isn't enough and you have to go and get shot or something.
John Lennon

He didn't come out of my belly, but my God, I've made his bones, because I've attended to every meal, and how he sleeps, and the fact that he swims like a fish because I took him to the ocean. I'm so proud of all those things. But he is my biggest pride.
John Lennon

I believe in everything until it's disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it's in your mind. Who's to say that dreams and nightmares aren't as real as the here and now?
John Lennon

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It's just that the translations have gone wrong.
John Lennon

I don't believe in killing whatever the reason!
John Lennon

I don't intend to be a performing flea any more. I was the dreamweaver, but although I'll be around I don't intend to be running at 20,000 miles an hour trying to prove myself. I don't want to die at 40.
John Lennon

I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
John Lennon

I'm not going to change the way I look or the way I feel to conform to anything. I've always been a freak. So I've been a freak all my life and I have to live with that, you know. I'm one of those people.
John Lennon

If being an egomaniac means I believe in what I do and in my art or music, then in that respect you can call me that... I believe in what I do, and I'll say it.
John Lennon

If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
John Lennon

If someone thinks that love and peace is a cliche that must have been left behind in the Sixties, that's his problem. Love and peace are eternal.
John Lennon

If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it 'Chuck Berry'.
John Lennon

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.
John Lennon

It doesn't matter how long my hair is or what colour my skin is or whether I'm a woman or a man.
John Lennon

It was like being in the eye of a hurricane. You'd wake up in a concert and think, Wow, how did I get here?
John Lennon

Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
John Lennon

Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.
John Lennon

Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.
John Lennon

Love is the flower you've got to let grow.
John Lennon

Music is everybody's possession. It's only publishers who think that people own it.
John Lennon

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.
John Lennon

Newspaper people have a habit of putting you in the front pages to sell their papers, and then after they've sold their papers and got big circulation's, they say, 'Look at what we've done for you.'
John Lennon

Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives. I think we're being run by maniacs for maniacal ends and I think I'm liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That's what's insane about it.
John Lennon

Part of me suspects that I'm a loser, and the other part of me thinks I'm God Almighty.
John Lennon

Possession isn't nine-tenths of the law. It's nine-tenths of the problem.
John Lennon

Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
John Lennon

Rituals are important. Nowadays it's hip not to be married. I'm not interested in being hip.
John Lennon

Surrealism had a great effect on me because then I realised that the imagery in my mind wasn't insanity. Surrealism to me is reality.
John Lennon

The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort? Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live? I mean, is there something wrong with society that's making us so pressurized, that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
John Lennon

The cross of the Legion of Honor has been conferred on me. However, few escape that distinction.
John Lennon

The more I see the less I know for sure.
John Lennon

The older generation are leading this country to galloping ruin!
John Lennon

The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you.
John Lennon

The thing the sixties did was to show us the possibilities and the responsibility that we all had. It wasn't the answer. It just gave us a glimpse of the possibility.
John Lennon

The worst drugs are as bad as anybody's told you. It's just a dumb trip, which I can't condemn people if they get into it, because one gets into it for one's own personal, social, emotional reasons. It's something to be avoided if one can help it.
John Lennon

There's nothing you can know that isn't known.
John Lennon

Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.
John Lennon

We were all on this ship in the sixties, our generation, a ship going to discover the New World. And the Beatles were in the crow's nest of that ship.
John Lennon

We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first, rock 'n' roll or Christianity.
John Lennon

We've got this gift of love, but love is like a precious plant. You can't just accept it and leave it in the cupboard or just think it's going to get on by itself. You've got to keep watering it. You've got to really look after it and nurture it.
John Lennon

When I hold you in my arms and I feel my finger on your trigger I know no one can do me no harm because happiness is a warm gun.
John Lennon

When you're drowning, you don't say 'I would be incredibly pleased if someone would have the foresight to notice me drowning and come and help me,' you just scream.
John Lennon

You don't need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!
John Lennon

You either get tired fighting for peace, or you die.
John Lennon

You have to be a bastard to make it, and that's a fact. And the Beatles are the biggest bastards on earth.
John Lennon

You're just left with yourself all the time, whatever you do anyway. You've got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It's all down to you, mate.
John Lennon

MellieD
12-08-2005, 10:25 AM
Thanks so much for posting those. He was a brilliant, insightful, and beautiful human. The world lost something wonderful that day.

swamptoad
12-08-2005, 11:00 AM
I really got interested in The Beatles and John Lennon, (who was born just a day after my wife and my Grandpa (Lennons B-day Oct 9th, 1940) when I was in high school. I had a high school friend who just absolutely loved them and had quite a collection of so much "Beatles Memorabilia"

As I reflect, I went through a phase where I listened to so many musical works by any of the 4 guys: be it John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr), or George Harrison. (Harrison's B-day Feb 25th 1943)....passed away November 29th of 2001 of cancer. All of their works whether together or solo or in other bands helped inspire me musically.
"Changes" is quite a great song too which has David Bowie and John Lennon

I remember that I enjoyed singing "Why Don't We Do It In The Road", "Rocky Racoon", "I Am The Walrus" among many others for karaoke. *smiles*


Julia by The Beatles <---This is a song that I really like.

Album: The White Album
Date: 1968

Songfacts:

John Lennon dedicated this to Yoko and his mother Julia. Learn more about her here:

John Lennons mother:

One of five daughters, nicknamed Judy by the family met Alf Lennon at the age of 14 while she was working g as a cinema usher. 10 years later they married. Alf was at see when Julia gave birth to John after 30 hours of labor. Alf went AWOL when he jumped ship, neither the Navy nor Julia knew of his whereabouts. He later returned but Julia refused to reconcile she was involved in a couple other relationships; John went to live with his aunt Mimi because Julia could not provide a sound home for John.

When John was in is early teens he visited Julia often, she taught to play the banjo and John would frequently stay over at Julia's house. In 1958 Julia was hit and killed by an off duty police officer as she walked home from Mimi's house. John named his first son Julian after her.

----> okay more song facts about the song Julia...

Lennon recorded this by himself. He did it completely live with an acoustic guitar and occasional overdubs on the vocals. It is the only song he did completely on his own during his time with The Beatles. (thanks, Phillip - Louisville, KY)
Psychedelic singer Donovan Leitch taught Lennon the finger-picking guitar style. Donovan was with The Beatles in India at the Maharishi's camp in 1968.
The line "Julia, seashell eyes," is from a poem by Kahlil Gibran.
John's mother Julia was killed by a drunk driver when he was 18. Lennon was raised by his Aunt Mimi, but starting to see more of his mother at the time of her death.
In Japanese, the name Yoko means "ocean child," which Lennon included as a line in the song.
Sean Lennon sang this at the special Come Together: A Night For John Lennon's Words And Music, which was held October 2, 2001 at Madison Square Garden.
Paul Schaefer and the Late Show Orchestra play this every time Julia Roberts is a guest on The Late Show with David Letterman." (thanks, Phillip - Louisville, KY)

JMNYC
12-08-2005, 02:33 PM
"I think about you night and day
I need you and it's true
When I think about you I can say
I'm never, never, never, never blue".

"I'll Get You" , 1963


"You've been good to me
You made me glad when I was blue
And, eter-nal-ee
I'll always be in love with you".

"Thank you Girl", 1963

Thank God those guys grew up! ;)

That said, I'm dropping a letter off to Strawberry Fields tonight...

1300 Class
12-08-2005, 10:19 PM
Has anyone been to liverpool and saw the beatles museum?