ILCR Pick: 5 Lyrics From John Lennon
John Lennon live in 1970 - johnlennon / Youtube
When talking about songwriters in the music industry, no one could ever dare leave out the world’s greatest band and its chief lyricist – the late John Lennon. But more than his time with the band, Lennon also wrote some iconic songs as he flew solo. Here are some of our favorite lyrics from good ole’ Johnny, compiled in a list of five.
“Strawberry Fields Forever” – Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
From the Sgt. Peppers album is the iconic “Strawberry Fields Forever”, inspired by Lennon’s childhood memories in the Salvation Army children’s home – named Strawberry Fields – in Liverpool. Lennon takes notice of his uniqueness with the lyrics:
“No one I think is in my tree, I mean it must be high or low
That is you can’t, you know, tune in but it’s all right
That is I think it’s not too bad”
“Beautiful Boy” – Double Fantasy
One of the final songs that Lennon released while he was still alive, “Beautiful Boy” puts things into perspective by revealing a common truth that is forgotten all too often.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”
“Tomorrow Never Knows” – Revolver
Psychedelic-charged energy surges through the lyrics of “Tomorrow Never Knows”, which isn’t held back from the get-go. George Harrison points out the song is all about meditation and transcendence.
‘Turn off your mind, relax and float downstream
It is not dying, it is not dying”
“Across The Universe” – Let It Be
Another nod at Transcendental meditation, which seemed to have taken root in the group, is discussed vividly in the song’s lyrics. Lennon even went as far as saying it’s one of the best lyrics he’s ever written. “See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don’t have to have any melody, like a poem, you can read them,” he said in an interview with Rolling Stone.
“Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes
They call me on and on across the universe”
“Imagine” – Imagine
Undoubtedly Lennon’s most popular solo cut, “Imagine” and its message for unity and solidarity bears the weight of a collective world thought effectively.
“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”