I remember listening on the car radio to the song Imagine by John Lennon back in the early 70’s shortly after it was released.
I was a fairly serious minded Christian back then and it struck me that the Lennon song was clearly incompatible with several pretty important things taught by my faith.
In particular the lines like “Imagine there’s no heaven…no hell below us” and “…nothing to kill or die for and no religion too.” Those things sounded to me at that time like a capitulation to a fairly pointless existence. After all, I had been part of a faith that valued commitment to an unpopular cause almost above everything else. That cause, of course, was living the almost impossibly “pure” life as put forth by the gospel of Jesus as I understood it.
It surprised me that the song was received with such calm deference in what was a purportedly Christian society. And the truth is, it still surprises me a bit that people – including Christians as far as I can tell – approach the song with what seems like reverence.
Oh well. Just one more little fact among many that eventually convinced me that not only is Christianity not believable, but that many of its adherents don’t really know what they claim they believe…or that they don’t actually believe it at all.
Anyway, here’s a practice track for Imagine that’s ideal for new (and old) guitar players.