Saturday, April 01, 2006

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 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 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

I've been contributing to various blog discussions (e.g. this one) on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict on Guardian's Comment is Free site, and then I read something about a singer, Jennifer John, who was selected to give a performance to Condoleeza Rice during her visit to Liverpool together with the Liverpool orchestra. They chose Lennon's "Imagine" as her performance piece, and Jennifer threatened the organisers that she would pull out if this song choice was not permitted. She said she couldn't do the performance in full conscience without making a humanitarian stand, and the orchestra backed her and chose this song with her as well.

This is so heartening to know that there are people who will stand up for human rights even when they're paid to perform in front of smiling tyrants who pride themselves on so-called freedom and democracy when what they have brought are only bloodshed and destruction.

Anyway, the piece sent me searching the web for the full lyrics and the song again, and it's such a wonderful song - so calming in the midst of all the religious flaming and hate rants that one finds on the Israeli/Palestinians blogs...

"Imagine there is 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...." Amen.

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