What's wrong with Imagine?
Few songs attract so much opprobrium from rock snobs yet so much love from people all around the world. It is an anthem of the peace movement globally, and in my fairly limited experience of travelling, it was used as a kind of universal currency, a shortcut to making friends and connecting with people - almost as much as football. As soon as people would discover we were English, it wasn't long before they'd reach for Lennon, and it was always 'Imagine' they'd play, with some gesture of profundity or solidarity.
OK, so the bloke singing 'imagine there's no posessions' had a few quid, and was hardly a model of good behaviour, but as a song in itself there's not a lot wrong with the sentiments are there?
I was fourteen when my Dad interrupted my Public Enemy obsession with 'Shaved Fish', after I heard 'Instant Karma' on a Nike ad, but it was 'Imagine' that blew my mind. It seemed like the most profound thing in the world. Maybe that's the problem - maybe it's just a naive fourteen year old tyoe of song. But, in a world grown savagely complicated, maybe a bit of naivety and simplicity is what's called for.
Not a bad tune either.
So, what's wrong with Imagine?