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John Lennon's memorable melodies

art-and-culture Updated: Oct 09, 2008 13:36 IST

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Here are the ten memorable John Lennon songs that touched the heart of millions.

1. “Strawberry Fields Forever”: “Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.”

2. “Isolation”: “Just a boy and a little girl, trying to change the whole wide world.” Written at a time when it really seemed like it was John and Yoko against the world.

3. “Crippled Inside”: A mockery of the hypocrisy of human behavior, by mixing upbeat tempos with more serious lyrics.

4. “I’m A Loser”: “I’m a loser, and I’m not what I appear to be.” Lennon is quoted as saying, “part of me suspects that I’m a loser, and the other part of me thinks I’m God Almighty.”

5. “How Do You Sleep?”: “Those freaks was right when they said you was dead.” An attack on long-time companion Paul McCartney.

6. “Working Class Hero”: A song detailing the struggle in Liverpool after World War II. “When they’ve tortured and scared you for 20-odd years, then they expect you to pick a career, when you can’t really function you’re so full of fear.”

7. “Instant Karma (We All Shine On)”: “What in the world you thinking of, laughing in the face of love.”

8. “In My Life”: “Though I know I’ll never lose affection for people and things that went before, I know I’ll often stop and think about them, in my life I’ll love you more.”

9. “Mother”: “Mother, you had me, but I never had you.” Lennon’s painful cries at the end of this song would make even the most stoic of men cry.

10. “Oh Yoko!”: A beautiful ode to his wife, Yoko Ono, “Oh Yoko, my love will turn you on.”