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The best lyrics from our favorite John Lennon songs

John Lennon's powerful lyrics lit up both the Beatles and his own solo material. Here, on the 35th anniversary of his death, we remember some of the best lyrics from his solo career.

1. "Imagine" (1971)

"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"

Full lyrics here.

2. "Beautiful Boy" (1980)

"Before you cross the street
Take my hand
Life is what happens to you
While you're busy making other plans"

Full lyrics here.

3. "Instant Karma" (1970)

"Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Everyone come on"

Full lyrics here.

4. "Mind Games" (1973)

"Love is the answer and you know that for sure
Love is a flower, you got to let it, you gotta let it grow
So keep on playing those mind games together
Faith in the future out of the now"

Full lyrics here.

5. "Jealous Guy" (1971)

"Oh my I didn't want to hurt you
I'm just a jealous guy
I was feeling insecure
You might not love me anymore
I was shivering inside"

Fully lyrics here.

6. "Working Class Hero" (1970)

"As soon as you're born they make you feel small
By giving you no time instead of it all
'Til the pain is so big you feel nothing at all
A working class hero is something to be"

Full lyrics here.

7. "Woman" (1980)

"I know you understand
The little child inside the man
Please remember my life is in your hands
And woman hold me close to your heart
However distant don't keep us apart
After all it is written in the stars"

Full lyrics here.

8. "Give Peace a Chance"

"Ev'rybody's talking about revolution, evolution, masturbation
Flagellation, regulation, integrations
Meditations, United Nations
All we are saying is give peace a chance"

Full lyrics here.

9. "Happy Christmas (War Is Over)" (1971)

"So, this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun"

Full lyrics here.

Tell us: What's your favorite John Lennon song? Lyric?