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Imagine - Vietnam War Song Analysis

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Justin Evanson

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Transcript of Imagine - Vietnam War Song Analysis

The Song Writer
Full Name:
John Lennon
October 9, 1940
Quarry Bank High School,
Liverpool College of Art
Title of The Song
By: John Lennon

Motivates audience to conceptualize world at peace
No barriers
No divisiveness of Religion and nationality
No possessions in live
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

It is correct and true that the fact of using a song to protest towards an ongoing issue is an effective way of a protest.
“Imagine” by John Lennon is one of the strongest and most influential song as a protest towards the extreme war
The message of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” is still with us today as a protest to the Vietnam War
A good point to hold on to conduct peace on Earth even for today’s world and the future.
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1st Verse:
A world without any difference
Religion, moral, heaven, hell and life effort is not integrated into the life of human,
Everybody is one, as a person and individual
Imagine - Vietnam War Song Analysis
By: Justin Evanson
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Famous Quote by John Lennon
“If someone thinks that peace and love are
just a cliché that should have been
left behind in the '60s, that's a
problem. Peace and love are eternal.”
— John Lennon
Vietnam War Related Song:
Imagine (Created at

Vietnam War Era:
November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975
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

1. To what extent do you agree or disagree
about the effectiveness of this song
towards the protest of the Vietnam war?

2. What will the people at that time feel about
this song during the Vietnam war era?

3. Will John Lennon's message from this song
will remain to the next generation?

4. Do you think that there is a controversy
happening in the song? What is it?

5. Is the song "Imagine" acceptable by the
society now and then?
2nd Verse:
World as a whole without any separation where borders, boundaries, life style and human race difference do not exist.
The main reason to this point from the second verse of the song is to let humanity become united
The whole universe becomes one and everyone support each other like brothers.
Influential messages to the people
The strongest point of the song towards the protest of the Vietnam War.
John Lennon thinks that war is about greediness of human, politics, power and natural resources
He thinks that eliminating those factors is the point where it can promote social and economic bond in this world together
Everyone in the country together build the country in peace
Final Verse:
Describes and asked people to really imagine where the world is perfect.
The word perfect here describes the situation when this world is full of good quality of life.
But, in this case, it’s not about no afterlife or religious boundaries, this is just about the war where war is all about religion and territory related with politics.
From this point, John Lennon emphasis that he wanted war to be eliminated from the world
Have a peaceful, happy and perfect life on Earth is not to have wars, and just to treat everybody the same
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