SOTD: Instant Karma

My thoughts:
John Lennon was more than a great musician, singer, song writer to me. I was too young to experience his music upon first release. By my teen years, he helped shape the way I though through his interviews and songs: the power of positive thinking, projecting a positive future, hope, love, peace. Ok, I’ll say it. He was my favorite Beatle. The message in this this song is simple: We all shine on.  He’s right.

This song certainly makes my top 5 favorite John Lennon solo songs lists  every time along with: Imagine (Imagine), Woman (Double Fantasy), Working Class Hero (Plastic Ono Band) , and Watching the Wheels (Double Fantasy). Deep cuts would include: Bring on the Lucie (Freda Peeple) from Mind Games, You Don’t Know What You Got Until You Loose It (Walls and Bridges), Out The Blue (Mind Games).Gimme Some Truth (Imagine) and Old Dirt Road (Walls and Bridges).

Released as a single in 1970. Available on most of the greatest hits albums including Shaved Fish, Lennon Legend, and Power to the People: The Hits.

Lyric:
Instant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin’ to do
It’s up to you, yeah youInstant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna look you right in the face
Better get yourself together darlin’
Join the human race
How in the world you gonna see
Laughin’ at fools like me
Who in the hell d’you think you are
A super star
Well, right you areWell we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Ev’ryone come onInstant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Ev’ryone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you’re ev’rywhere
Come and get your share

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun

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