Happy birthday, John!
9102019 - yes, today the date is fully symmetrical and it happens to be special in at least one more memorable way - the 9t of October 2019 was supposed to be 79th birthday of the music icon John Lennon. To honour his legacy, thousands of people are sharing his words of wisdom in a variety of forms, pictures, drawings and languages, hoping to spread the message of love and pease further.
Let’s give peace a chance together by recalling some of his eternal quotes and lyrics, which have become such an essential part of the modern pop-culture and hopefully of our lives as well
Imagine all the people living life in peace
We’re surely not the only ones who thought that the best way to commemorate John Lennon’s legacy of love, music and people living life in peace is by his music, which has touched and keeps on affecting millions of hearts and minds worldwide.
Although we somehow agree to disagree with Lennon’s statement infront Playboy magazine in 1980 -
Imagine, Love and those Plastic Ono Band songs stand up to any song that was written when I was a Beatle. It may take 20 or 30 years to appreciate that. - because these words are simply incomparable to the following list, featuring only songs of the post Yoko Ono period.
may be the best-selling single of Lennon’s solo career but we all know that this song is so much more.
Let’s be dreamers for a little while and imagine a world at peace without the barriers of borders, religions and nationalities to divide us and consider the possibility that the whole of humanity would live just for today in a brotherhood of man sharing all the world unattached to material possessions.
Just four letters gathered in one word could mean the world to us…
Love is real, love is feeling, love is wanting, asking and needing to be loved. Love is simply
Give Peace a Chance
All that the anthem of the American anti-war movement during the 1970s has to say is: br> In a world full of -isms and -ons try to put all the differences behind and simply Give Peace a Chance.
Power to The People
Inspired by the politics of the radical left in the early 1970s, this single is Lennon’s first open, explicit call for revolutionary action.
Love is all you needwas the anthem of late 60s but what the time required later on was a fight, a fight for change.
Say we want a revolution - We'd better get it on right away
The chorus of the song was as empowering for the revolutionary activism as Give Peace A Chance for the pacifism movement.
And the memorable line:
I got to ask you comrades and brothers - How do you treat your own woman back home?
was a direct reference to the feminist movement and it’s then slogan:
Woman Is The Nigger Of The World
Working Class Hero
This song has caused serious controversy not only in the USA but around the globe as well. The four letter f-word in the lyrics was just one of the reasons for that. The song is about the working class and how it is put in something like a machinary, which fills you with fear and dopes you with religion and sex and TV.
And you think you're so clever and classless and free
But you're still f*cking peasants as far as I can see
Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
The song was written as some sort of lullaby for Lennon's son, Sean, his only child with Yoko Ono, as implied by the whisper at the end:
Good night, Sean. See you in the morning. Bright and early.
Still the most famous line of the single will forever remain:
Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Despite its upbeat country sound, the song contains one of Lennon’s bleakest, grimmest lyrics. Leaving the ongoing debate on is this single a parody of the musician’s early works and is the line:
You can live a lie until you dielinked to his former bandmate Paul McCartney, Crippled Inside still has remarkable verses.
You can hide your face behind a smile
You can wear a mask and paint your face
One thing you can't hide - Is when you're crippled inside
Curry, jelly and tea
were John Lennon’s favourite foods according to a 1964 magazine interview.
In the same conversation, the musician stated that his primal fear is:
Growing old, I hate the thought of that. Who wants to hear a croaking Beatle of 80?
The following list features not so well known facts about John Lennon.
The first song John ever learned to play on guitar was Fats Domino’s Ain’t That a Shame.
John’s favourite book was Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Lennon was a cat person and loved the muring fluffy balls of love. He owned a number of them throughout his life.
John Lennons’ trademark - the circular wire glasses - weren’t just an eccentric fashion preference, the musician was indeed shortsighted and later discovered that he was dyslexic as well.
John co-wrote David Bowie’s first number 1 single, Fame.
The lyrics with which Lennon is most proud are the ones of the song
All You Need is Love.
In an interview with the London Evening Standard in 1966 Lennon said about The Beatles:
We’re more popular than Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first - rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity.
There are more than 90 recorded cover versions of the 1971 song Jealous Guy - the most famous one is made by Roxy Music.
The first-ever issue of the Rolling Stone magazine appeared on November 9th, 1967 and John Lennon was on its cover in his guise as Musketeer Gripweed from the movie he starred in How I Won the War - a British black comedy film directed and produced by Richard Lester, that premiered in 1967.
In 2001 Speke airport was renamed Liverpool John Lennon and its motto is taken from the lyrics of musician’s song Imagine -
Above us only sky.
The former Beatle is the first British personality, which has an airport named after him, which joins him to the elite band of individualities, including John F Kennedy (New York); Charles de Gaulle (Paris) and Leonardo da Vinci (Rome).
On October 9th 2010 - what would have been John’s 70th birthday - The European Peace Monument was unveiled at Chavasse Park, Liverpool by John’s first son, Julian, and the musician’s first wife, Cynthia Lennon.
The famous musician has even a planet named after him - 4147 Lennon.
John and Yoko sent acorns to the heads of state of some of the world’s nations with the appeal to plant them as a symbol of peace.
Lennon’s criticism of the United States’ foreign policy, and the Vietnam War particularly, almost got him deported from America by the then president Nixon'd administration.
The Imagine Peace Tower
This evening the Imagine Peace Tower, located on Viðey Island in Reykjavík, Iceland, since October 9th 2007, will be lighten up. The concept behind Yoko Ono’s Tower of Light, made in Lennon’s memory, is to emanate wisdom, healing and joy and to bring to the mind of the whole world the fact that peace & love is what connects all lives on Earth.
Imagine Peace Tower symbolizes Lennon’s and Ono’s continuing campaign for world peace – which began in the sixties, was sealed by their marriage in 1969 and will continue forever..
Imagine Peace is inscribed on the Tower’s walls, translated into 24 languages.
The light illuminated by the Tower appears every year and is visible from October 9th (John’s birthday) until December 8th (the anniversary of musician’s death).
The Tower is lightened on a few more occasions annually - from Winter Solstice (December 21st) till the morning of the New Year (January 1st) and during the first week of spring (March 20th -27th) the dates of John & Yoko’s wedding and honeymoon (when the couple made their famous Bed-In for Peace at the Amsterdam Hilton).
as a tribute to Yoko, the City of Reykjavik also lights The Tower on her birthday, February 18th, from 7pm until 9am the following day.
For decades Yoko Ono has gathered wishes and dreams from people all over the world. They are kept in time-capsules under the Tower. You can send your own wishes by tweet to @IPTower.
Lennon’s Words of Wisdom
In the following lines we’ve gathered for you some of the most memorable John Lennon' quotes, representing his personal beliefs and world-spreading legacy.
When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down happy. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.
God is a concept by which we measure our pain.
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink.
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.
Art is only a way of expressing pain.
There's no other time but the present. Anything else is a waste of time.
I don’t believe in yesterday, by the way.
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.
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.
A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.
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?
When you do something beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun, every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.
It matters not who you love, where you love, why you love, when you love or how you love, it matters only that you love.
We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.
Declare it. Just the same way we declare war. That is how we will have peace… we just need to declare it.
Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, something you do, something you are, and something you give away.
Only by trying on other people’s clothes do we find what size we are?
Produce your own dreams. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not if you put it on the leaders and the parking meters.
I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you. 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
If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.
You’re all geniuses, and you’re all beautiful. You don’t need anyone to tell you who you are. You are what you are.
Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end.
The legacy of John Lennon keeps on living and spreading through us and we are the only ones who can make it real.
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