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Apr 08 2017

Why “Imagine” Is the Worst Song in Human History

The reason the moonbat anthem “Imagine” makes some of us want to vomit goes deeper than the schmaltziness of the music and the triteness of the lyrics. The song is truly awful not only artistically but morally. Ben Shapiro explains:

On a tip from Torcer.



  • StephaneDumas

    Looks like that parody done by Remy of ReasonTV in 2012 is more funny to watch. πŸ˜‰

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQaU1uNcuos

  • Trebuchet

    Ben, I agree this isn’t great music, but you really need to get a life. Find something to address that isn’t trivial.

  • Saxon Warrior

    I partially disagree here.
    Morally the song is atrocious, but artistically it’s not that bad.
    The lyrics are awful but the melodies are quite good. Nobody can deny that it’s catchy and sing-a-longable.
    It’s a shame that the Devil has some of the best tunes, or rather, it’s a shame that some of the best tunes are devoted to the Devil!
    If the same tune had been put together by say, Jason Upton for example, piano melodies and all…. but the lyrics were changed, would it still be artistically terrible?

    At least Ben Shapiro agrees that the Beatles could write good melodies, however I would have to say that McCartney was the genuine melody writer, not Lennon… but that’s another discussion for another place.

    Anyway, despite my little gripes, I agree with most of what Shapiro says. I have noticed myself (for some time now) that ‘Imagine’ is diabolical song.
    In fact, it really sums up the mindset that has been prevalent since the Sixties, a mindset that got progressively worse in the Seventies, Eighties, and Nineties, and has now become the norm!

  • RKae

    I’ve ALWAYS hated that fuckin’ song. Lyrically, musically, performance-wise: it’s utter crap.

    It’s amazing how when the Beatles broke up, Paul and George got better while John put out trash from start to finish. There’s not one damned song of his that I like.

  • Mack

    Just another spirit-of-Vatican-II thing, a voice whining in the wilderness.

    “Jerusalem, my DESTiny” is worse.

  • RKae

    You need to check out Neal Morse (both solo and with Transatlantic). Great songwriter, great musician, and a Christian.

    His latest album, “The Similitude of a Dream,” is a rock version of “Pilgrim’s Progress.” It blows me away every time I hear it.

    His album “?” is one hour-long suite about the building of the temple and how that relates to the arrival of Christ.

    “Sola Sciptura” is about Martin Luther.

    Yeah, he likes doing that big, epic stuff. So if a single half-hour-long song turns you off, then… Well, then you’re just missin’ out, pal!

  • grayjohn

    Yup. Hate that song. Can’t tolerate it.

  • Tim Kies

    I thought I was a lonely heretic for hating this piece of crap song.

  • Jim Giatas

    IF YOU IMAGINE Subscribe To My Blog (RSS)(Click this icon to Subscribe)

    Orthodox Christian singer/songwriter, Jim Giatas, has written and recorded “If You Imagine” as an answer to former Beatle, John Lennon’s song “Imagine.”

    “If You Imagine” has generated significant criticism. One writer called it blasphemy. On MySpace, Vangellis responded that it was: “A terrible denigration of Lennon’s ode to reason.” Another critic at YouTube wrote, “There is ZERO evidence for God or anything supernatural. Everything is chance, that’s what science is showing us. You may not have meant for your song to be insulting but that’s what it is.”

    And the fireworks are just beginning.

    “John’s song has gone virtually unchallenged for all these years and I felt compelled to write an answer to it from my own Orthodox Christian perspective.” “If You Imagine” can be heard at IndieHeaven, Jim Giatas, Music, Album #5, Track #3 as well as at IndieHeaven, Jim Giatas, Videos

    “Musically, I ‘ve always been a Beatles fan and this is clearly evident in my own music. I mean no disrespect to John’s memory. Certainly, his loss was a tragedy. I never knew him personally but I understand that he was a very sweet guy who was rediscovering his Christian roots. I’d like to think that John would have liked my song – especially since he has so many ardent and sycophant followers. Nevertheless, his music and his humanist – atheistic philosophy have become something of a sacred cow. As I say in my song, ‘If you imagine (no religion, no God, etc), you couldn’t be more wrong.”

    In 2004, and again in 2010, Rolling Stone magazine voted “Imagine” the third greatest song of all time. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter said, “In many countries around the world – my wife and I have visited about 125 countries – you hear John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ used almost equally with national anthems.” Jim points out that “It has become painfully obvious that almost all New Years Eve TV celebrations broadcast “Imagine” to bring in the new year.

    In the book Lennon in America, written by Geoffrey Giuliano, Lennon commented that the song was “an anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic song, but because it’s sugar-coated, it’s accepted.” Lennon also described it as “virtually the Communist Manifesto”.

    Jim continues,”We live in such unreasonable times that Christianity is being attacked as ‘hate speech’ throughout the world – imagine that. Even so, there is only one Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to God except by Him. As we know, The Beatles never acknowledged this profound and life-changing truth.” http://www.indieheaven.com/artists/jimgiatas

  • KHarn

    “Imagine there’s no possessions” is my favorite part because I picture some guys coming in and taking his piano!
    “Excuse us, we need this piano.”
    “Will I get it back when you’re through with it?”
    “Lemme check. No.”

  • KirklesWorth

    Sorry, Ben is too over-the-top on this. This is where religion and/or conservatism gets mocked for its over-seriousness, absolutisms, and general rigidity.

    Go to position 2:21 for Mr. Carlson’s take.

    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x7s3fj_clean-up-radio-everywhere-part-2_creation

  • SineWaveII

    And witness the EU. The attempt to create a government based on JL’s “Imagine”.
    Of course what they are starting to learn is that you can imagine there’s no heaven or hell, that doesn’t make it so. And it doesn’t mean that other people will “imagine it” just because you do – like islam for instance.
    Likewise you can imagine there’s no countries but that doesn’t mean your enemy will. Case in point. The EU likes to pretend that they have no borders. They are now learning what a mistake that was. And the truth is they do have borders. The place where you find a leader that doesn’t take orders from the EU is where your borders are. Case in point – Putin. He doesn’t buy into that “imagine” crap and his country has borders. Don’t believe it? Try crossing them without his permission and see what happens to you. The point where the EU’s authority ends and Putin’s begins is a border and what lies beyond is a country – it’s called “Russia”.
    Meanwhile those Imagined non-countries such as Ukraine, and Georgia can tell you all about what it means to not have a country.
    Here’s one truth that JL and the EU never learned.
    You can never do away with a country. You can only replace it with another one.

  • seaoh

    I remember watching one of the most over rated movies of the 80’s “The Killing fields” at the end of the movie they played “Imagine” as the credits began to roll. I couldn’t help but think what an insult to those who died at the hands of the Khmer rouge, “Imagine” could have easily been the National anthem of the Khmer rouge.
    On anther note nothing to live or die for probably. The dumbest line in all of music history, If you have absolutely nothing you are willing to die for you probably a pathetic loser and have nothing to live for.

  • Saxon Warrior

    Okay, I’ll try it. Sounds worth a listen.

  • RKae

    I hope you dig it!

    I know that “?” is on YouTube.

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  • ToddonCapeCod

    I used to love John Lennon
    … then I grew up.

  • KHarn

    “Imagine there’s nothing to strive for; nothing to achieve.
    “Imagine we all stagnate, our future as dead as leaves.”

    Whoever sings the song is free to use these new lines. You’re welcome.

  • mostly Cajun

    The stupid song, taken by itself, is indeed trivial. However, The Leftist philosophy is build on a thousand trivialities, case after case of “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” to which the reply is “Yeah, okay…” and then a few minutes later, “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” until you have an entire political movement of ‘we need to take YOUR stuff and restrict YOUR freedom so we can be nice.

  • Occam’s Stubble

    I liked that song until I learned what it was about.

    I still like the Beatles but just SMH when they start singing about the joys of communism. I often wonder if the Iron Curtain was so tight in their time that they had no idea what was going on behind it.

  • Occam’s Stubble

    When I listen to Back in the USSR, I realize they had no earthly idea what was going on in communist countries.

  • pomdter

    If it makes you feel any better, JL grew up, too. Even he realized his stuff was all bogus, but he was killed before the word got out.

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