Sunday, November 05, 2006

Fisking Lennon

Fr Tim tells me he "foams at the mouth" when someone puts Imagine by John Lennon into a "liturgy". My dander is up. My rage at this utter piece of trash outdoes his priestly restraint.

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

I can't imagine there's no Heaven - my Redeemer gives me the promise of it if I keep faith with Him and perservere in Faith. Hell likewise, awaits the wicked. People "live for the day" all the time - it's the bedrock of modern "morals" and look where it has got us.

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

Sorry, I don't want to imagine no country. My country, it's tongue, English, it's true Faith - the Catholic faith - are gifts of God. I love other cultures and countries too - the French countryside and viniculture, Italy and all the cultural treasures she holds - need I go on? Do people kill for countries or ideas, John - Mao's Communism -?25 million dead; Stalin's Communism - ?20 million dead, Pol Pot >1 million, Hitler's racialism > 6 million

You may say that 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

No chance, John, if those are your dreams

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

John you had a Rolls Royce and a walk-in climate-controlled cupboard for your fur coats in your Manhattan mansion. Are you serious, you hypocrite?

You may say that 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

See above


Blogger Moretben said...

Well said that man. I've added some comments of my own.

5:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My problem is a bit different. I CAN imagine it and it scares the wits out of me, as does the nostalgia out there for 60's tripe and loonyness.

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you can imagine you will see through the superficial and treacly message. How many of the worlds problems have been caused by wars about territory, ideology and possessions, or rather people mis-using religion??

You also in your venom missed the irony that he was a multi-millionaire..........

11:06 PM  
Blogger Joee Blogs said...

According to John Lenon's "dream" then, Mother Theresa and Adolf Hitler are in the same place since there's no heaven and no hell or anything atall after death. That doesn't sound like such a great dream Johno ya div!

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Ebomaniac said...

Great article. You can see what the Executive in Scotland were listening to before they decided what to do with it's "One Scotland" approach to just about everything from RE in schools to Firefighting.

I can recall a freshly minted Religious Teacher playing this in my 2nd year at Secondary and my thoughts - even at 13years - were of wondering if indeed he was on some kind of "Jim'll Fix it" placement as his theology suggested.

6:29 PM  
Blogger Fidei Defensor said...

Thank you for this, ever since the day I heard the Beetles had claimed they were "Bigger than Jesus," I have had a gut-dislike for them.

When I heard this song playing in the Olympic opening cermonies in Turin, I bet the image on the shoroud covered it's ears. Haha.

9:18 PM  

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