God (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

 **For me what is great about this song is it is a call to the ‘here and now’. I love the message – introspection of ones views on faith, themselves, and how that measures up to reality. I really feel what John says with ‘the dream is over’ – kinda like coming from a background of faith and finding a lot by losing it all (he is speaking of the Beatles experience obviously and not my weak faith analogy).

Everytime I hear it – I feel what Lennon must of went through and all the problems with life he ran into. At some point – it seems – he just wants to be himself – free of all those previous cares – free of all those stereotypes – free of all that baggage – free of all those pigeon holing ideologies – in essence – free.