Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. The U. John Lennon Gimme Some Truth Power to the People: The Hits And, as always, Lennon could be caustic.
The nineteenth-century marriage of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning is among the most moving love stories in literary history, and John and Yoko clearly identified with them. It is a hymn to longevity, to the possibility that love can deepen and grow, that romance never has to end.
Could the family be the inspiration of art, instead of drinking or drugs or whatever? The life he had built with Yoko and their son Sean had provided plenty of material for great art. But as life became richer and more satisfying, its ephemeral nature became more apparent. Lennon still lived his life with passion and intensity, still committed to his beliefs with conviction, but the anger that had been with him for so long had eased.
Without question, there are many complex reasons for that welcome development, but the simplest reasons perhaps are the most determinative ones. He had settled into his marriage; he was enjoying fatherhood; he had come back refreshed to his music, and as he entered his forties, he had matured.
He had discovered that many things could and should be important, but not everything had to be a matter of life or death. In short, he was happy. The song in that sense mirrors its subject — a cheerful surface genially concealing a scarier reality. Without being at all self-righteous, the song also has a strong spiritual undercurrent.
The wheel, being a circle, is one of the oldest symbols of unity in human history. The karmic wheel, the mandala, the wheel of fortune all spin, and, as the song suggests, peace of mind comes from neither panicking nor growing complacent with their turnings. That is the state of mind Lennon had achieved by the end of his life.
Acceptance is not necessarily passive. Lennon still believed the world could — be made a better place in both personal terms and for humanity at large. By contrast to its austere predecessor the new music had melodies in abundance, and colour and variety. It had flashes of broad humour and moments of absolute joy. In his home outside London, at Tittenhurst Park in Ascot, John had built a studio where he could record the raw tracks, without recourse to his traditional base at Abbey Road.
We could smell the grass and the trees from the garden and heard the birds chirping. We felt like they were helping us. Imagine took shape in the early summer, after which the tapes were taken to New York for final overdubs not least the magisterial saxophone of King Curtis at Record Plant East. It seems that everyone involved, and certainly John himself, had a sense of its being exceptional.
Here were songs that threw revealing light on his whole personality at that point — from the devout but imperfect lover to the embattled former Beatle; a man preoccupied by his inner doubts yet ready for anyone when his righteous fury was aroused. It was so influential upon John that he later said she deserved a co-credit. Whether in spiritual or earthly matters, the idea runs, we must visualise our goals before we can achieve them.
John would later say that the attack on his former musical partner was, in fact, as much an assault upon himself. If John felt that his last album — forbiddingly stark to some ears — had not found the mass audience its songs deserved, he was not about to make the same mistake with Imagine.
On its release in September , the Imagine album was recognised as a rounded self-portrait of this complex, candid, passionate man. Nobody knew, of course, that he would never see his homeland again. Working Class Hero. Power to the People.
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So sgt. Retrieved 12 September You can shine your shoes and wear a Gimme Some Truth - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band* - Imagine (Cassette You can comb your hair and look quite cute You can hide your face behind a smile One thing you can't hide Is when you're crippled inside You can wear a mask and paint your face You can call yourself the human race You can wear a collar and a tie One thing you can't hide Is when you're crippled inside Well now you know that your cat has nine lives babe Nine lives to itself But you only got one And a dog's life ain't fun Mama, take a look outside You can go to church and sing a hymn You can judge me by the colour of my skin You can live a lie until you die One thing you can't hide Is when you're crippled inside. Do You Wanna Dance. I Found Out John Lennon. It tackles contemporary subjects which date it and political subjects inevitably divide opinion. A well respected man likes this. We felt like they were helping Gimme Some Truth - John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band* - Imagine (Cassette.
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