I can remember the first time I heard John Lennon sing his song, “God.” It came out in 1970 and I was only a little shaver of 10 years old at the time. One of my friends’ older brothers was listening to it and I remember thinking how “that guy just doesn’t believe in anything.” But, it sounded like a pretty cool song, so I listened to it.
As I’ve grown up and realized that this was an album of a 30-year old tortured soul trying to deal with “life after the Beatles,” the song took on added significance to me. Imagine, being defined your whole life by what you did in your mid-20′s. Like his other three bandmates, they never escape The Beatles references.
The song, “God,” deals with John Lennon’s “rebirth.” He’s telling the world that all those things that he thought were important in his 20′s, no longer seem to have the same significance. He enjoyed his time as a Beatle, but he has other things he wants to do with the rest of his life. His dreams, goals, and aspirations, are different,now. His days of being the walrus are behind him.
He wants other’s to know that chapter of his life has been written. It’s time for him to move forward into new challenges and the next stage of his life. It’s easy to forget that the Beatles members were all in the early 20′s when “Beatlemania” exploded.
John Lennon is telling his listeners that he wants to make a life with his new wife and soulmate, Yoko Ono. Like a lot of guys in the 20′s, his male friends have been replaced by his wife. I saw it in my dad.
When my mom passed on, my father kept himself busy with his business. When he met, and married, his second wife, the business didn’t hold the same interest and significance it once had. He had found something that he wanted more. He decided to get on with his life, sold the business, got a winter home in Florida, and never looked back. All I can say is it’s a great gig if you can get it. He earned it.
I’ve always loved the Beatles and their music. It’s funny though, the thing that sticks out for me about John Lennon is how he could play the guitar, and sing, with gum in his mouth. That was his true talent!
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
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Lyrics to “God” by John Lennon
God is a concept
By which we measure our pain
I’ll say it again, God is a concept
By which we measure our pain
I don’t believe in magic, I don’t believe in I-ching
I don’t believe in Bible, I don’t believe in tarot
I don’t believe in Hitler, I don’t believe in Jesus
I don’t believe in Kennedy, I don’t believe in Buddha
I don’t believe in Mantra, I don’t believe in Gita
I don’t believe in Yoga, I don’t believe in kings
I don’t believe in Elvis, I don’t believe in Zimmerman
I don’t believe in Beatles, I just believe in me
Yoko and me and that’s reality
The dream is over, what can I say?
The dream is over yesterday
I was the dreamweaver but now I’m reborn
I was the walrus but now I’m John
And so dear friends, you’ll just have to carry on
The dream is over