Lennon deliberately sang the song in a softer tone, knowing that his message of peace would have more impact that way.
Throughout the song Lennon pleads with his listeners to imagine a place without the things that divide people, such as greed, hunger, power and religion. Here he calls for his ideal, “a brotherhood of man”.
Although immediately provoking, Imagine soon reveals itself to be a peace promoting song. At the time Lennon was grossly involved in politics, promoting peaceful ideology like socialism and communism.
In 1970 interview with the NME, Lennon discussed his preferences:
“There is no real Communist state in the world; you must realize that. The Socialism I speak about ... [is] not the way some daft Russian might do it, or the Chinese might do it. That might suit them. Us, we should have a nice ... British Socialism.”
Imagine was inspired by poems written by Lennon’s partner in crime and wife Yoko Ono. Within the first ten seconds of the song Lennon has abruptly announced that he doesn’t believe in heaven or hell.