The song is "Imagine," the artist was John Lennon, and it was recorded in October in 1971. Other songs by John Lennon include: (Just Like) Starting Over, Give Peace a Chance, Happy Xmas (War is Over), Gimme some Truth, and Borrowed Time.
Meaning of Verses: 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... Aha-ah.../Verse 1- It asks you to let go of life after death, instead live for the moment. 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.../Verse 2-Let go of what divides us, religion and countries, and unite the world in peace./You may say I'm a dreamer/But I'm not the only one/I hope someday you'll join us/And the world will be as one/Verse 3-It can be a reality, one day the world will be united./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.../Verse 4-Abolish private property, instead we all share together as community to end greed and hunger./You may say 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/Verse 5-Emphasizing the dream of world unity by repeating Verse 3.
Analysis: The song reflects the 60's counterculture through its plea to let go of what divides us, which stems from authority, government which sends us to war and religion which splits the people.It also protests the Vietnam War through this plea. In 1971, there is a failed South Vietnamese invasion into Laos as a preemptive strike. Also, the Mayday protest, which blocked traffic into Washington D.C, though it fails, is a sign of the pressure on Nixon to end Vietnam. To add to that, the New York Times published the Pentagon Papers, which showed the deceit and lies that started the war, like the reality behind the Gulf of Tonkin incident. The overall message of the song is to abolish what divides us, religion, money, country and build a united global nation of peace.