October 9, 2005

Happy Birthday John Lennon






Today would be John Lennon's 65th birthday, if I'm not mistaken. Its a very special John Lennon's Birthday for me, because my band, The Drafted, has the Track of the Day on garageband.com's punk page today. Its an anti-war/anti-Bush song called "1,000 Dead", our most angry political song that we have so far--definately a song with a message that Lennon would be behind today if he were still with us.

In memory of John, here are his most inspiring 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
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

2 comments:

Ron said...

While I love "Imagine", of course, on an ideological level I prefer "Working Class Hero" from the Plastic Ono Band album:

As soon as you're born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasents as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.


It's performed with just guitar and vocals. Actually, the whole album is stripped down and stark, kind of an exposition of John's soul. You should check it out, if only for the song "God."

Adam said...

Excellent lyrics, I'll definately have to check out that album.