John Lennon released “Imagine” 48 Years Ago Today – Here are cover versions by Neil Young, David Bowie, Elton John and more


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 (ah ah ah)

Imagine” (released October 11, 1971) is a song co-written and performed by English musician John Lennon. The best-selling single of his solo career, its lyrics encourage the listener to imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders or the divisions of religion and nationality and to consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live unattached to material possessions. Shortly before his death, Lennon said that much of the song’s “lyric and content” came from his wife¬†Yoko Ono, and in 2017, she received a co-writing credit.

Neil Young – Live 2001

David Bowie – Live 1983

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

Elton John – Live 1980

Joan Baez – Live 1972

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

Herbie Hancock featuring Pink, Seal, India.Arie – 2010

Eva Cassidy – 2002

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…

…and the man himself

-Egil

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