Need Good Karma? Need Even Better Music?

The genius of John Lennon is obvious if you take just a moment to listen to him. It wasn’t too long ago that I mentioned his genius to a friend and they asked who I think he would have been today. Would he be the cherished rock star past his prime like his bandmate Paul McCartney (by the way…huge fan of Paul…love his new album)? Would he be running around the world with Bono changing the world? Would the world need less changing? All good points. I think I’d accept any form of a 66 year old John Lennon just to hear some more of his musical genius. This week an album of John Lennon songs was released. Not like the album a few years ago that was recordings of rare studio time, but by modern artists. The proceeds go the Save Darfur project. U2, R.E.M., Jackson Browne, Ben Harper as well as Jakob Dylan and Dhani Harrison (both sons of legends) among many others play tribute to John Lennon for a cause he would certainly be behind. It’s well worth the $20 and there’s something for everyone in the artists included. Instant Karma is the name and U2 cover the title track, which is fitting from their reference in God Part II to instant karma. Here’s some lyrics.

Instant Karma
John Lennon

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 you

Instant 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 on earth do you think you are
A super star
Well, right you are

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

Instant karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Everyone 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 everywhere
Come and get your share

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Come on and on and on on on
Yeah yeah, alright

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

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