John Lennon

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John Lennon was murdered on this day in 1980, shot by a crazed ‘fan’ in New York City. As is perhaps compulsory in some quarters on the anniversaries of his birth and death, if not boldly unoriginal, listen to his anthemic ‘Imagine’… and, well, just imagine.

One of the greatest songwriters of any generation, could this be the greatest song of all-time?

Your favourite songs, lyrics and most memorable moments from a life very much spent in the spotlight, please.

And which of his songs, whether you like them or not, do you think David could have some fun with? I think he could do a pretty decent ‘Nobody Told Me’, myself.

For those who placed their cursors in the same position as I have already placed mine in response to today’s poll, here’s I Met the Walrus, which was one of the nominations for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short. The audio comes from a 14-year-old Beatles fan named Jerry Levitan, who managed to sneak into Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and interview his idol back in 1969. The result, I’m sure you’ll agree, is classic Lennon.

Just one final thought: Does the case of Mark Chapman alter anyone’s views on the death penalty and/or the length of sentence often handed down to murderers, as discussed here recently? Chapman remains incarcerated in a New York state prison where he is serving a sentence of 20 years to ‘life’. He has been denied parole five times since 2000 and can next reapply in August. He claims to have found God, is said to have shown remorse for his crime, and believes that Lennon himself would have forgiven him by now. He still receives hate mail regularly.

Just curious.

Author: FEd

Features Editor of David Gilmour's official blog, The Blog ('Features' previously being its rather naff title), affectionately - or lazily - shortened to 'FEd'.

67 thoughts on “John Lennon”

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  2. I am a John Lennon fan (and Beatles fan).

    I believe Mark Chapman has a mental disease, so I guess it’s up to the doctors to decide. Anyway, I am not a fan of the death penalty.

    I remember that day, 30 years ago, as if it was yesterday…

  3. I consider John Lennon as one of the greatest musicians off all time. The world would not be the same place without him.

    Mark David Chapman was psychotic, and, unfortunately, John Lennon had to pay with his life. It is all too wrong.

    His lyrics are often either ingeniously hard to get, or so simple you don’t believe it.

    I read that Mark David Chapman is still sitting in jail because they are afraid that he will be murdered if he comes out in the public, anyone, who knows?

    The “Lennon/McCartney” list of songs is long, and good, but I think the best piece Lennon has written maybe is “Imagine”, or “A Day In The Life”, at least the part he wrote.

    I think David would enjoy himself with John and Yoko’s “Cambridge 1969”, that would be sick.

  4. Sad anniversary today, that is. Two lives wasted…

    John Lennon left us quite a few good songs, with Imagine being the most famous solo one I’d say, but I think that his Beatles songs are far better.

    I can imagine “Strawberry Fields Forever” would be a good song for DG to cover.

    Best regards,

    Taki

  5. Sure we have to forgive, but not forget. Old saying but a true one if human society remains humane.

    Ian

  6. Just one final thought: Does the case of Mark Chapman alter anyone’s views on the death penalty and/or the length of sentence often handed down to murderers, as discussed here recently?

    You are such a Baaad Fed. 😉

    Cheers, Howard

  7. Hey all,

    How many times have you been asked… do you remember where you were when celebrity so and so died? To be honest, I don’t remember 99.5% of them… but John Lennon I do. It was the first real time I was truly shocked by a celebrity death.

    Like a lot of folks, I grew up with the Beatles with John and Paul my particular favourites. Probably due to the fact that they wrote most of the songs. When they broke up, I was so disappointed because, like a certain other fav group of mine, I thought they still had a lot to say together. If Rog wasn’t so pigheaded, I thought that PF were still strong enough musically to continue for quite a while longer as a group.

    Anyway I digress. Back to John.

    I was working a night shift at a grocery store in Grimsby, Ontario when the news came over the radio on Q107 in Toronto. Our crew had just spread our stock to be put up for the night and we were adjourning for our first break.

    We had the radio hooked up over the intercom system in the store so we could hear the music no matter where we were. As the announcement came on there were audible gasps and expletives from all of us and we all rushed up to the front of the store where the radio was to listen. I can still see the expressions on their faces and I bet mine matched them.

    This really was an end of an era and we all knew it. I felt particularly awful as I was convinced the Beatles would get back together.

    Immediately after this, the station played all Beatles music for the rest of the night.

    Cheers, Howard

  8. I remember that day 30 years ago driving home from work and listening to the radio when John’s passing was announced.

    People gathered at City Hall that evening with a candlelight vigil in downtown Toronto.

    Thanks John for your music and lyrics, you are my favourite Beatle by far, and George too.

    If David could play a song, it would be Revolution and perhaps Imagine also. I wonder if Murder could fit in somewhere in this theme. About Face is a great album, and David did write that song about John.

    Andy Donato of the Toronto Sun is famous for his artwork for the newspaper. I’ll never forget his rendition of John’s glasses on the ground, with a cracked lens. I wish I had kept it, that was powerful. 🙁

  9. I see no need for the death penalty, but neither do I see a need for clemency. Chapman killed a decent, kind human being in cold blood. The punishment of life in prison fits the crime. Clemency would only encourage more deranged individuals to do the same, knowing all they have to do is “find God” for clemency.

    If you’ve read the American news lately, you’d know about the case where an individual who was given clemency more times than he deserved (the stories circulate around the fact that Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee was one who granted clemency, but he was hardly the only one to do so). This individual went on to rape children and kill four policemen. The reason why Huckabee and the others granted clemency was almost solely based on the fact that this individual claimed to have “found God” and had prominent church officials back up his claim.

    “Finding God” should never be a reason for clemency. It’s a shame that there are those who believe so fiercely in the word of God assume that if His name is invoked often enough that someone must have changed their ways to the good. You can’t let someone’s religious beliefs get in the way of the truth.

  10. I can appreciate some of his music and talent but I would not call myself a fan of his. There are some song I really like and some that I just can’t stand.

    I lean much more toward the Rolling Stones than I do to the Beatles.

    By the way, I got a ticket to see Clapton and Beck perform next February in NYC which should be a good show. But did you also hear that Clapton is planning to do some shows with Roger Daltry? Would that interest you FEd? I guess it could be an interesting duo.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. No wonder you prefer The Rolling Stones to The Beatles, The Rolling Stones were the bad boys, The Beatles, the good boys… 😛

      (Yes, cliché.)

      Oh, I also prefer The Rolling Stones…

    2. So when Michele or I visit Santa and he asks, “Have you been naughty or nice?”

      Our reply would be, “I was nice and naughty.” :))

      Thanks.

      Andrew

  11. There is nobody like John Lennon.

    I am so fortunate to be alive while he gave us some of the greatest music of this generation. What he did to a song few have done and that is with the Beatles. It is called heart and soul. His voice is missed and when you hear McCartney’s songs I think he misses him too. I miss him.

    I will never tire of John Lennon. He was a courageous singer.

  12. It was a sad day at John Lennon’s passing. He was one of a kind and I miss him. I wish there was something I could do about it.

    I remember that day in 1962 like it was yesterday. For those of you who know what I’m talking about know that I’m a BEATle at heart and always will be.

    RIP John.

  13. It does seem like only yesterday, not 30 years ago, that I heard Tom Snyder announce the breaking news that John Lennon had been murdered. 🙁

    John certainly made a mark on this world in his 40 short years, didn’t he? He still lives on in his music ~ I’m sitting here listening to Lennon Legend as I type.

    How ’bout this one for David to cover? I’d love to hear it! 🙂

    Watching The Wheels ~ by John Lennon

    People say I’m crazy doing what I’m doing,
    Well they give me all kinds of warnings to save me from ruin,
    When I say that I’m o.k. they look at me kind of strange,
    Surely your not happy now you no longer play the game,

    People say I’m lazy dreaming my life away,
    Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me,
    When I tell that I’m doing Fine watching shadows on the wall,
    Don’t you miss the big time boy you’re no longer on the ball?

    I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,
    I really love to watch them roll,
    No longer riding on the merry-go-round,
    I just had to let it go,

    People asking questions lost in confusion,
    Well I tell them there’s no problem,
    Only solutions,
    Well they shake their heads and they look at me as if I’ve lost my mind,
    I tell them there’s no hurry…
    I’m just sitting here doing time,

    I’m just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round,
    I really love to watch them roll,
    No longer riding on the merry-go-round,
    I just had to let it go.

    Peace ‘n’ Love to you all ~
    Gabrielle

    1. Gabrielle:

      Have not really just read the words before and much more impressed in reading them than listening to the song. Quite a poet and lyricist. Have not really looked at him that way before.

      Thank you for posting this. You have given me something else to consider when thinking of Lennon.

      Jan

    2. This is one of my favorite John Lennon songs too! Being as I’m a little younger, John Lennon died when I was 6 months old, so I don’t remember where I was or what I was doing. However, in my household, we listened to his music (and Beatles music) so much that it was as if he was never gone.

      I found a children’s book that I got for my kids. John Lennon not only wrote it, but drew all the illustrations as well. He originally made it for his son, Sean. It’s a cute kids book and worth picking up if you come across it.

      ~Erin

  14. My favourite song of his is ‘Working Class Hero’, favourite lyric:

    “And you think you’re so clever and classless and free
    But you’re still fucking peasants as far as I can see”

    Memorable moment would be from 1971, when he and Yoko donated £5000 to the workers of Upper Clyde Ship Builders who were staging a work-in to save their jobs.

    ‘Instant Karma’ might be fun for David to have a pop at.

    I can’t think of one good reason why Mark Chapman should be released from prison. Nice to hear that he’s found God and seen the error of his ways, though. :/

    1. I really should have asked for a favourite lyric and a favourite line from ‘Working Class Hero’, shouldn’t I? Such a spine-tinglingly great song.

  15. This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, I didn’t know of the existence of this amazing clip, thanks so much FEd.

    John Lennon, as well as all the other non-violence revolutionaries, have taught us the right way to follow: use words and dialectics, not guns nor oppression.

    Just few days ago I was listening to David’s “Murder” and I went reading about Mark Chapman. I think he should stay where he is, and I believe Yoko Ono is right saying he should not be allowed to get out, whatever he might tell people about himself.

    Murder is the worst crime, and so is the death penalty. An assassin should be kept locked in and following a severe lifetime therapy, but in peace, away from the spotlights.

    A therapy to think every day of his life of what he did, and the pain he caused. But it should not be publicized, it should not made a show of it, but yet it should be very tight and demanding, like only the most motivated educators and therapists can do.

    In John’s words, violence calls violence, the only way to break the chain is to respond with a different attitude, not to claim revenge, not to exercise force and oppression, but surely not to leave an assassin at large.

    1. An assassin should be kept locked in and following a severe lifetime therapy, but in peace, away from the spotlights.

      I completely agree.

  16. Even though I wouldn’t certainly write Mark Chapman any hate mail, I can understand the reasons why they denied him the parole.

    He certainly had deep problems.

    If what I read is the truth, Chapman felt Lennon had contradicted some of his own ideals (first of all the faith in God) and for this reason he killed him, but, even before shooting Lennon, he had psychiatric problems, including a sort of identification with the character of Holden from “The Catcher in the Rye”.

    I don’t know if, being free, he would kill again, because I ignore what kind of treatments he could have received while in prison and what kind of person he could be right now.

    Maybe he actually regrets what he did, but, honestly, I doubt the jail could help healing anyone’s illness. Maybe, a psychiatric hospital would have worked better for him, if those places were actually hospitals, instead of being even worse than prisons.

    Anyway, speaking about John Lennon’s songs, Christmas is near, so “Happy Xmas (War is Over)” comes first in my list of favourites.

    I also like very much “Love”, “#9 Dream”, “Mind Games” and “Jealous Guy”. I don’t know if David would have fun playing them, but I think they could suit him fine. 🙂

    1. I forgot to say that “I Met the Walrus” is great. I had never seen it, thanks for that.

      I suppose it was nominated, but didn’t win the Award, in the end. Sorry about it.

    2. Alessandra:

      Don’t you just wonder? People who give their reasons for ending someone else’s life? As though that made it OK. Obviously not a rational mind. I wonder if ‘finding God’ restores rational thinking?

      Jan

    3. I wonder if ‘finding God’ restores rational thinking?

      I don’t know, Jan. I think it depends on the kind of person we’re talking about.

      Chapman was very religious even before killing John Lennon, so it seems to me it didn’t helped at all. Not in his case, at least.

      On the contrary, it seems religion had a part in his general fanatic attitude.

      Maybe, if we intend “restore rational thinking” in the sense of “restore some peace of mind”, finding God might work with some kind of people, but this is just my opinion.

    4. finding God …

      Eh, does God exist?

      Anyway, it’s easy and typical to refer to God (or -depending on the religion- AnyOne else) when one needs some help or excuse, no?

      Hope it makes sense.

    5. Alessandra:

      On the contrary, it seems religion had a part in his general fanatic attitude.

      Exactly my point.

      It is the disturbed mind that I was thinking about. Interesting discussion. Makes me think of Jim Jones and David Koresh.

      Jan

    6. Anyway, it’s easy and typical to refer to God (or -depending on the religion- AnyOne else) when one needs some help or excuse, no?

      I think the same, Michèle.

      I know I could be wrong about it, but that’s exactly one of the reasons why I can’t help thinking all religions are just a humans’ inventions.

  17. Ooh, 30 years ago…!

    Now that is frightening. Very frightening indeed.

    Your favourite songs, lyrics and most memorable moments from a life very much spent in the spotlight, please.

    Well for me it has to be:

    1. ‘Mother’ – this is very harrowing, especially towards the end with ‘mama don’t go, daddy come home’. I think Lennon was using his primal screaming techniques in this song. However, ‘Cold Turkey’ does demonstrate this technique to the full.

    2. ‘Isolation’ – this song makes me think of ‘The Wall’ and I have always wondered if Roger was inspired by this song when composing the same.

    3. ‘Love’ – now this is one of the most beautiful love songs I have ever heard.

    4. ‘Julia’ – John Lennon is one true wordsmith. Such a poet with ‘half of what I say is meaningless’ and ‘her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering, in the sun’.

    I do not think the death penalty would be an appropriate method in respect of Mark Chapman. I think jail is sufficient for his crime. However, I hope he is not using “finding God” as an excuse to try and get out.

  18. For those who placed their cursors in the same position as I have already placed mine in response to today’s poll, here’s I Met the Walrus, which was one of the nominations for the 2008 Academy Award for Animated Short. The audio comes from a 14-year-old Beatles fan named Jerry Levitan, who managed to sneak into Lennon’s Toronto hotel room and interview his idol back in 1969. The result, I’m sure you’ll agree, is classic Lennon.

    Even though this is Animated Short is classic avant garde, I wish I could hear the dialogue a little clearer. It sounds so interesting.

  19. Hello FEd

    30 years ago… as yesterday! Lennon was one of the kings of the changing era in the music (and not only…)

    I don’t care a lot for the cause of a death (a cancer, unfortunately, kills like a psychotic stalker as Chapman was…) – it’s the death, the matter, the final trouble my friends! And Lennon was so young and a great poet…

    The unique song I wish by David ‘s voice is “Imagine” for “the blend”, the sound and the “warm effect” of course.

    A hug
    diana

  20. The Beatles were my first true loves. You know what they say about first loves…

    My favorite Lennon songs with the Beatles would probably be Norwegian Wood and You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away. Solo, 🙁 , I loved Imagine, Mind Games, and Whatever Gets You Thru the Night. But I love almost everything the Beatles have ever done, both collectively and separately.

    As for Chapman, I am not a death penalty advocate. I would hope those who deal with him on a daily basis would be able to determine whether or not he is a menace and could decide if he should or should not be freed. I just hope he never writes a book.

  21. When I think about The Beatles, I always think of John Lennon and only him. :!

    My favourite songs are:

    – ‘Imagine’, of course. So many hopes in this word ‘imagine’… Well, just imagine if the Copenhagen Summit was not a fiasco…
    – ‘Give Peace A Chance’, it’s all in the title…
    – ‘Working Class Hero’
    – ‘Instant Karma’

    Don’t know for David, but I like the cover of ‘Working Class Hero’ by Green Day.

    As for Mark Chapman, I’ve read somewhere that he didn’t forgive John Lennon for claiming that the Beatles were bigger/more popular than Jesus Christ…

    His case won’t make me change my mind about the Death Penalty, of course. I’m against it and will forever be.

    Michèle

  22. FE’d:

    I’ve not seen that animated short before either. Quite remarkable in many ways.

    I am not a major fan of Lennon’s being a bigger fan of George’s. However, John was my favorite back in the 60s.

    After reading Gabrielle’s post now, I see that I need to go back and read the lyrics . There is much more there than I have given consideration to. Sometimes I have trouble catching all the words and don’t get past the music. Never took the time to look deeper. Live and learn.

    I remain conflicted about what we should do that works regarding capital punishment or death penalties. Nothing that has been tried has worked for us so far. I still feel our prisons are too ‘comfortable’ in many ways for the criminal and yet can the offender really be rehabilitated? How skewed was their thinking before they committed the crime? I doubt if doctors can ‘rewire’ their brains. What might set off the Chapman’s of the future? Why do they decide they are the ones who need to ‘fix’ things?

    One thing bothers me though about how we ‘worship’ musicians, actors, presidents after they have died. I like the idea of doing that more while they are alive. Is that a strange idea? Not that I don’t want to keep the spirit of the work alive, but some seem to have a rather strange obsession of the ‘idol’. Fanatic. Good word.

    Jan

  23. This video is really great. Never saw it before, so thx!

    Sorry to say but John was/isn’t my favourite musician. Oh yes, I think he was a great writer and when he was in the Beatles they all made history and influenced pop music in big big way. And yes, there are a lot of songs from John I really like. But no, he’s not one of my big favs.

    I can remember the day he was shot, it was one of the first shootings I actually remember (born in ’63). The pictures of NY, the papers a day later…

    And no, nobody should be allowed to take someone’s life. Life is too precious. And yep, I can imagine there could be some exceptions, we all know some people from our dark past…

    So no, I got no tip for David, I guess “Imagine” would touch my soul, as it does every time I hear it.

    Heroes never die, they sail forever…

  24. A very sad day for humanity. Listening to a A Day In A Life as I write this.

    Mark Chapman should serve his sentence, life, and no less. Death is not a punishment, it is an inevitability.

    He says he has found God. Is that any evidence of sanity?

  25. John Lennon’s life and death had a huge impact on my life. One of his songs in particular has always been a source of inspiration: “Across the Universe”.

    The initial verse “Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup…” has inspired me to write a song for another musician that holds a special place in my mind/heart: Syd Barrett.

    Another source of inspiration for this song was David Gilmour. I’d like to share it with you all… a bit off-topic but…

    WORDS FOR SYD

    Words lie asleep on a shelf
    My mind is wandering…
    Have you ever managed to be yourself?
    I think of you, smiling and staring
    At nothing I could see
    I need you here to tell me

    Words are everywhere
    Still the silence is there
    Come and stay
    While I think of what to say

    Maybe just smile and stare
    No need for reason or care
    Feel the breeze, holding hands
    Minds at ease, silence stands
    Touch and tease foreign lands…
    Giving time for the eyes to see
    The magic rhyme of you and me…

    Truth lies disguised as a word
    My mind is struggling…
    Will I ever find my way in this world?
    I think of you, smiling and staring
    At nothing I could see
    I need you here to tell me

    Words are everywhere
    Still the silence is there
    Come and stay
    While I think of how to play

    So I’ll just wait and see
    Somehow I know it‘ll come to me
    One day my mind will blow
    The thoughts will freely flow
    The words will finally show…
    And I will rest my soul
    And softly let you go.

  26. Actually, I do like the song that Elton John did in memory of John Lennon – Empty Garden. It is a very emotional song even if you don’t like Lennon.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

  27. john’s been a very important part of my life for some time. personally, imagine isn’t one of my favorites although it’s certainly well-crafted. and while i appreciate this post, i prefer not to waste thought on mdc.

  28. One technical point here, it is currently 29 years since his shooting. Many are making reference to 30 years but we are not quite there yet.

    Thanks.

    Andrew

    1. I’m sure we’re aware of that, Andrew. 😀

      Personally, I was thinking mathematically because in my maths GCSE course we just finished doing rounding and estimation.

    2. I thought about this after posting. My daughter was six-months old at the time of John’s murder, and won’t turn 30 until May 2010.

      Still, the sadness about what transpired that December night feels like yesterday.

  29. I always found with Lennon that his songs were either totally brilliant or not quite to my liking. I always thought Jealous Guy was a Bryan Ferry song until it turned up on Lennon’s Greatest Hits.

    But for David it would have to be Imagine.

  30. I was 11 when he died. Mrs. Walsh told us the next morning in class that he was murdered. She was upset, and I don’t think many of us completely understood. What hit close to home for us was the fact that it had happened just about four blocks from school.

    As years went on and I discovered The Beatles and John Lennon, I understood the loss. As a parent, my heart aches for what it was like for a 5 year old Sean to have his father taken from him. If John were my son, I’d be inconsolable.

    That said, there really is no easy answer. If society ruled by emotion, murderers would rarely be forgiven even if they were rehabilitated. The real question is, how does one truly know when one has been “rehabilitated”. Additionally, can people actually be “rehabilitated’ in our current prison system? If the answer to those two questions were yes, then that would change the capital punishment/length of sentence scenario in my judgment.

    Any song would do, but Imagine would fit best.

  31. Off topic.

    Premise: today I am upset.

    So it is not a very good day to read that Obama took the peace Nobel when he is putting more soldiers and civilians to death in two countries adding troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And one of these wars has been created out of the blue by Americans.

    Obama, you are a sort of delusion today. Especially because you said, in your speech, that to have peace you have to make some war. Well, the Latins (which were very violent) used to say “Si vis pacem para bellum”. Which means “If you want peace, prepare for war”. Prepare, not do it. Obama, you seem today the puppet of the well known American Empire.

    Another thing to Americans which presumably will accuse me of “anti American” feelings (is there any anti Italian feeling? I would like to use that sometimes).

    Amanda Knox has been judged in my country for a crime in my country. She has been considered guilty. We do not have the death sentence as Americans have so her life is not in danger. End of story. When an American pilot caused 20 Italian deaths on Italian territory due to explicit wrong behaviour we gave him to you. Well, he is free and nothing has been done to him.

    Never, ever, ever use the term “anti American” feelings. America is arrogant. Sorry, United States are arrogant.

    And again, if someone blames me for I am talking of politics I tell you that we do not have any DG related subject to talk about and, if FED is gentle enough to let me express my uninteresting opinion in this “speaker’s corner”, I decide to talk of what I feel.

    I also hate my country today for a lot of reasons… but I hate when Americans (what’s your name by the way? Unitedstatians?) preach. Ridiculous.

    1. I am, and hopefully always have been, gentle enough to let (almost) everyone express their opinions, and I find yours far from uninteresting, but I would prefer to talk about John Lennon and have to say that it does seem rather hypocritical to make such an outburst after criticising me recently for not talking about David exclusively and therefore questioning this forum’s existence.

      Regardless, the Knox case is relevant, not least in light of our ongoing discussions about Gary McKinnon’s extradition (and John Lennon was obviously a British citizen killed on US soil, and I don’t recall the British having any influential say in how Chapman should be punished, but may well be wrong).

      So, although I fully expect that your view will be attacked, I hope my reasons for allowing you to air it need not be.

    2. The only comments I want to make is that I think giving Obama a Nobel prize is way way too premature and I do agree with Piergiorgio that to accept it in light of the recent ramp up of forces is not appropriate.

      I am disappointed in Obama so far. His chant of change is really not being seen in a large meaningful way. I think in the end it is easy to say stuff… very different to implement when you are in politics. I am sure when he went into office… the pile of papers on his desk and advice he got told him that change is really in the eye of the beholder and no where else.

      Cheers, Howard

    3. The “arrogant America” chants always confound me – every nation’s government does what it wants to the degree it can get away with it, and there’s always someone that doesn’t like it. In addition, Americans have never been unanimous about anything; when you disapprove of something America does, there are Americans who agree with you.

      Obama is as far from Bush as can be, and somehow he still came to the conclusion that troops in Afghanistan are necessary. I’m not asking you to agree, but maybe if a few people outside America understood the nature of disagreement, and understood that America acts (as all nations do) in what it sees as its own best interests, you’ll see that arrogance has nothing to do with it. For example, in all the disagreements America has with Europe, I never say/think “wow, Europe is so arrogant,” I just think “wow, I wonder why they see it so differently.” No problem, no arrogance, just disagreement.

      Also, yes, we are called Americans; this is just the convention that developed over the years, not invented by Bush/Cheney, no need for lectures about how “America” includes south and central America too.

    4. Fed,

      I didn’t “criticize” you. I asked for news of DG. I expressed a Christmas wish.

      And about outbursts… I always have outburts here from time to time on things. I do not think the two events are related, Fed. :!

    5. I didn’t “criticize” you. I asked for news of DG. I expressed a Christmas wish.

      And about outbursts… I always have outburts here from time to time on things.

      You know I always enjoy a good outburst and hope that your Christmas wish comes true. 🙂

    6. From dictionary.

      Rant = To rave in violent, high-sounding, or extravagant language, without dignity of thought; to be noisy, boisterous, and bombastic in talk or declamation; as, a ranting preacher.

      Typical, just touch the Empire and Americans call you… whatever. No politics, OK. I’m done with trying to make Usaians understand some different opinion. Let’s just talk of nonsense then so we are all friends in this perfect world. Because it is perfect, right?

      So a bunch of good feelings for everybody. Greetings. Bah…

    7. I am disappointed in Obama so far. His chant of change is really not being seen in a large meaningful way. I think in the end it is easy to say stuff… very different to implement when you are in politics. I am sure when he went into office… the pile of papers on his desk and advice he got told him that change is really in the eye of the beholder and no where else.

      I think it is because President Obama is being stopped from making change. I am all for his health care reforms, but Americans seem to have a negative stance on this issue alone. The NHS system in the UK is part of the “post war dream” and it works. Okay, maybe it is open to abuse, but that is up to the government to police a little bit better. Imagine, having to pay lots of money paying to go into hospital to have a baby. I am happy to pay a few pounds each month towards my National Insurance to cover such things.

      I also understand from my American family that some Americans do not believe in environmental change either, but there is no arguing with some people. I just have to ask my family to stop sending me American propaganda type emails sometimes.

      I feel sorry for President Obama. He is trying to put things in place but is being criticised for doing so.

      I hope I am not treading on anybodies toes but as an outsider looking in it would appear that Obama is being halted from making any changes. Besides, that I am ignorant when it comes to American politics due to the fact that I have lived in Blighty for near on 30 years. Yikes! where does the time go?

  32. He says he has found God. Is that any evidence of sanity?

    For me: clear no!

    Taki

    Well said that man!!!!!

    …have a nice weekend!!!

    Cheers
    Paul

  33. As my parents remember exactly where they were when JFK was killed, I remember where I was when Lennon died. I was waking up late for school and the radio was on. Why were they playing so much Beatles music? Whose birthday was it? Then the DJ came on and delivered the news that Lennon had been shot. I was stunned. My mother was standing still, in a state of shock. I went to school and my teacher was crying. He had us write the words to “Imagine” in our notebooks.

    After school I went up to The Dakota, the building where he’d lived and had been shot. There were hundreds of people there, paying respects and sharing their memories of John Lennon. I was 13 and it was a lot to take. My friends and I kept talking about it for weeks, just trying to make sense of this horrific thing that had occurred in our city.

  34. Piergiorgio:

    Typical, just touch the Empire and Americans call you… whatever. No politics, OK. I’m done with trying to make Usaians understand some different opinion. Let’s just talk of nonsense then so we are all friends in this perfect world. Because it is perfect, right?

    So a bunch of good feelings for everybody. Greetings. Bah.

    I don’t think that Angelo was trying to be rude to you. Quite the opposite I’ll bet.

    I just don’t see it having seen his many posts on this blog.

    Jan

  35. The death of John Lennon was the second biggest waste of life losing out to the birth of this selfish asshole…

  36. John Chapman was likely a CIA mind-control assassin. We will never know the full story until the CIA releases all of the thousands of pages of documents they have on him. Think this sounds crazy? Watch last weeks episode of Jesse Ventura’s show Conspiracy Theory on TruTv and you may change your mind.

    Whether it’s true or not this man should never be released from prison.

    1. If there is anything the US government wants kept in secret, do you honestly think they’re going to let Jesse Ventura go on national television and tell us all about it?

  37. My favourite Lennon Beatles song is Tomorrow Never Knows. I`ve always had a weakness for psychedelia. 😉

  38. John: Still miss him terribly. His music was so profound and beautiful and haunting. Best tunes? Probably the best was “A Day In the Life.” Yes, “Imagine” has its own charm and classic melody. But there are others, such as the melancholic “Dear Prudence” and “Strawberry Fields Forever, “the angst-filled sturm-und-drang growlers such as “I Am the Walrus” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy”). Even the solo stuff like the ethereal “#9 Dream” and the gut-wrenching “Mother.”

    McCartney’s stuff was sweet and prolific. But he didn’t have nearly the depth of emotion and range as Lennon and I think he knew that.

    As to Chapman, probably safer for him on the inside.

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