It really is not that difficult to believe that the real story of some of our favorite songs can be vastly different than what we understand them to be. It is apparent that we all bring our own experiences to a song and read what we want from the musical experience. For artists, they may have intended to write about a subject but subtle influences could have been at play that changed the interpretation. Explore the story behind the songs.
The idealistic Beatles song, “Imagine”, appears to be a heart-warming song yearning to have a world united in belief and living in harmony. Imagine was hailed by Rolling Stone as the 3rd greatest song of all time. This feel-good ballad puts all into a hopeful frame of mind.
But did you know?
“Imagine” has Communist underpinnings and is a sweetened statement of their beliefs. John Lennon referred to the song as “virtually the Communist manifesto.” He went on record as saying, “Because it’s sugar-coated, it’s accepted. Now I understand what you have to do- put your message across with a little honey.”
“Imagine there’s no countries/ It isn’t hard to do/ Nothing to kill or die for/And no religion too/”
The newly envisioned world would possess no boundaries and no god. Religion while as essential part of many individual’s lives, is not part of the dogma espoused within Communism. Read into the song what you like; it still makes for a striking melody.