Twenty-six years ago today John Lennon was shot, and killed, outside of his apartment building in
Here are five of my favorite post-Beatles Lennon songs, many of which have been played on All You Need Is Hops.
“God is a concept, by which we can measure our pain” … “I don't believe in Beatles, I just believe in me, Yoko and me”… “The dream is over.”
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
One of the greatest songs ever written; so simple yet so powerful. I still thing this impacts people today. It should have been #1 but I’ve simply heard it way too many times.
3) Working Class Hero
“There's room at the top they are telling you still, But first you must learn how to smile as you kill, If you want to be like the folks on the hill, A working class hero is something to be”.
As song that both urges working class people to rise up and stand up for their rights, and warn them that they’re better off not doing so. This song really represents Lennon’s classic inner struggle that was brought on often in his songs. The best example of that (in the Beatles era) was Revolution where he said “if you’re talking about destruction don’t you know you can count me out / in”. I think this echoes those emotions. Featured on Episode 6 of All You Need Is Hops
4) Watching the Wheels
“People say I'm lazy dreaming my life away
Well they give me all kinds of advice designed to enlighten me
When I tell them 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”
Finally a song that is a little more lighthearted. In today’s age, where aging rockers aren’t really something unusual, many don’t really produce anything interesting. They just tour on their greatest hits (exceptions such as Springsteen, Neil Young and Paul Simon certainly exist). However, Lennon seemed to graciously accept that he was getting older and offered a fresh perspective in this song. The origins apparently stem from him having beers in a bar in the
About the trip - The story how he got to the
5) Gimme Some Truth
“I’m sick and tired of hearing things
From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth
I’ve had enough of reading things
By neurotic, psychotic, pig-headed politicians
All I want is the truth
Just gimme some truth”
A lot of songs could have made this list and I struggled to pick song #5, but this one had to make the cut just because it still seems so relevant today. It’s also a great representation of Lennon’s angry political side. Featured on Episode 5 of All You Need Is Hops
note: the voice at the begining is Vin Scelsa, a radio hero of mine.