|Song by John Lennon from the album Imagine|
|Released||9 September 1971 (US)
8 October 1971 (UK)
|Producer||John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and Phil Spector|
The song combines the bleak lyrical content of Lennon's prior solo recording, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, with the more upbeat musical arrangements typical to the rest of Imagine. Lennon would later express his displeasure with the more commercial sound of the album, even going so far as to say that the title track was "an anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic song, but because it's sugar-coated, it's accepted." The song is noticeably influenced by country music, becoming Lennon's own spin on country rock, which he dabbled in both as a Beatle and later in his solo career.
The jam band Widespread Panic covered the song a number of times during their Summer 2007 Tour, with the band contributing a version to the benefit album Instant Karma: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur.
- John Lennon - vocals, electric guitar
- George Harrison - dobro
- Nicky Hopkins - piano
- Ted Turner - acoustic guitar
- Rod Linton - acoustic guitar
- John Tout - piano (incorrectly credited as playing "acoustic guitar")
- Klaus Voormann - upright bass
- Steve Brendell - upright bass
- Jim Keltner - drums
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