If Lennon Were Alive
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If John Lennon were still alive and were viewing , certainly viewing with dismay, that we still have racial unrest, distrust, bigotry, and hate, what verses might he add to his very great classic "Imagine" ?
Below is my humble effort to imagine those verses..
I don't think I need to include a MIDI file (can't find one I like enough) for "Imagine", because you all know the music (unless you really did recently come from Outer Space).
If Lennon Were Alive
by Pam Green , © July, 2020, April 2022
to the tune of "Imagine", by John Lennon
Imagine no race hatred,
Imagine there's no gender,
Imagine the word "alien"
"who they really is". The use of "they" as a third person singular for someone whose gender is not known or not specified, but who is not properly referred to as "it", is and old useage that is coming back into popularity. English unfortunately lacks a good third person singular gender-non-specific pronoun.
"that dream declared so long ago" can refer both to Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" as well as to the dreams Lennon declared in "Imagine". or with a capital "D", the "Dreamers" are those brought to this country as young children by parents who lacked the required entry papers.
"make it so" is , of course, Jean-Luc Picard's favorite phrase.
"they came from Outer Space". slightly refers to the title of an old Sci Fi movie. also a reference to the saying "nothing human to me is alien", a concept we should embrace. You don't have to like everyone as an individual, but you do have to respect them as a human being.
"we come in peace" is part of the great speech made on the first moon landing. "grace" can be a religious term, but can also be secular just as easily and just as amazingly.
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