09 October 2012

Everything I Need to Know, I learned from John Lennon.

To celebrate what would've been John's 72nd birthday, I decided to pay tribute by giving thanks where thanks is due. Very simply, here's the song, the lyric, and the lesson.

"I'm Only Sleeping"

When I'm in the middle of a dream, stay in bed, float upstream...

Life is better in bed. Spend a little time in your head. Dreams are not fantasy, they are a reality that just hasn't happened yet.


...You say you got a real solution? Well, you know we'd all love to see the plan... 

Talk is for talkers. You want to stand up for something? Stand up for something. You want to make waves? Then make some waves.

"In My Life"

...Though I know I'll never lose affection, for people and things that went before. I know I'll often stop and think about them... 

John, and Paul and George, and Ringo climbed out of Liverpool's craters and burned-out factories to become the greatest music machine the world has ever seen. I can move past the blemishes and banalities of my hometown and make an amazing life for myself if I choose.


...I don't believe in Elvis. I don't believe in Zimmerman. I don't believe in Beatles. I just believe in me....

I don't turn water into wine, I turn words into stories and people. Who gave me permission to do this? God?  I'm motivated by a belief in my own capabilities. Otherwise, I'd keep my stories to myself.

"Working Class Hero"

They hurt you at home and they hit you at school, they hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool...

My job is not me. I am not my job.

"You're Going To Lose That Girl"

If you don't take her out tonight, she's gonna change her mind. And I will take her out tonight and I will treat her kind...

That's how I met my wife.

"Whatever Gets You Through The Night"

It's your money or life...

That's an easy one.

"Dear Prudence"

...Won't you come out to play?

Forgetting to play is like forgetting to breathe.

"Strawberry Fields Forever"

...nothing is real...

Except for this moment, right now.

"All You Need Is Love"

...love is all you need.

Because it is.


  1. You missed out my all time favourite - Imagine. The lyrics speak for themselves:
    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

    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

    You, you may say
    I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
    I hope some day you'll join us
    And the world will be as one

    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

    You, you may say
    I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
    I hope some day you'll join us
    And the world will live as one

  2. I love IMAGINE! But I'm saving an IMAGINE post for later this year.