Song of the Day #4,558: ‘How?’ – John Lennon

This track from John Lennon’s 1971 solo album Imagine is 18 days too late to officially mark the 40th anniversary of his death, but it will have to do.

It’s hard to believe that John Lennon has now been dead for exactly as long as he was alive. When I see that something happened in 1980, it doesn’t seem all that long ago, but then I realize we’re a full two decades into the new millennium. Damn, that happened fast.

Imagine — the album — still holds up pretty well, even as its title song has lost some of its lustre (especially after that vilified celebrity mash-up from early in quarantine).

My favorite song is the final track, ‘Oh Yoko,’ as exuberant a blast of pop song romance as you can, well, imagine.

Today’s SOTD is nice, too.

[Verse 1]
How can I go forward when I don’t know which way I’m facing?
How can I go forward when I don’t know which way to turn?
How can I go forward into something I’m not sure of?
Oh no, oh no

[Verse 2]
How can I have feeling when I don’t know if it’s a feeling?
How can I feel something if I just don’t know how to feel?
How can I have feelings when my feelings have always been denied?
Oh no, oh no

[Bridge]
You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world is so tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

[Verse 3]
How can I give love when I don’t know what it is I’m giving?
How can I give love when I just don’t know how to give?
How can I give love when love is something I ain’t never had?
Oh no, oh no

[Bridge]
You know life can be long
And you got to be so strong
And the world, she is tough
Sometimes I feel I’ve had enough

[Verse 4]
How can we go forward when we don’t know which way we’re facing?
How can we go forward when we don’t know which way to turn?
How can we go forward into something we’re not sure of?
Oh no, oh no

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #4,558: ‘How?’ – John Lennon

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I’m not sure I agree that the song “Imagine” has lost its luster, certainly no more than “Something” has after Sinatra covered it. (That’s right! A post Xmas J-I-N-G-L-E Sinatra Slam out of left field, with apologies to Peg and Doug😜)

  2. Peg says:

    Apologies accepted! It is hard to believe how fast time passes us by. But music from great artists like Sinatra and Lennon will always live on.

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