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You might be surprised to learn that not everyone around the globe understood the words of Imagine the way they were intended when John Lennon sang them.

And I myself had learned this truth in my twenties, after emigrating to the USA.

Keep in mind that Poles, under communist rule, were not allowed to travel to the West. For that reason, our knowledge of the West was based on the official news — manipulated by the government — and by what we heard occasionally on Radio Free Europe.

Here is the strange dialog I had witnessed, and believed to be revealing the “truth,” growing up in communist Poland.

Imagine there’s no Heaven

No!  Why? There must be something better than communism.

It’s easy if you try
No hell below us

Of course it’s not below us!  It’s right here, in Poland.

Above us only sky

This is what freedom is.  All of us under one sky.

Imagine all the people
Living for today

No, no, no, we want to think of and believe in a better future.

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

This is the perfect religion for all human kind.  Should we ask our priest to give a sermon on the subject?

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one

We want you to dream for us and maybe one day your dream will come true.

I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

We want nothing, nothing more than the world to be as one.

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can

Yes, we can because we have no possessions but we would like to imagine something else, something opposite.

No need for greed or hunger

Is it really possible?  What about those in power?

A brotherhood of man

And we would repeat: a brotherhood of man.

Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

This would play nicely with the intrinsic romantic quality of Poles, “sharing all the world.”

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

From today’s perspective I want to say: How ironic to draw strength from words  misunderstood.

P.S. Doesn’t Yoko Ono look like Pocahontas in the video?

2 Responses to “Happy Birthday with Love, John Lennon”

  1. Paul says:

    Hello Dana – I am very lucky for your congratulations on my birthday !

    Paul :-))))))