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Music 101 held a poetry/haiku/limerick/lyric competition to mark what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, on October 9th, 2010. Here’s what our listeners wrote:
Greg - Christchurch
There once were two fellers called Lennin
Who both loved ideas and a bed in
One played guitar/
The other shot the tsar/
So we know whose band we'd rather play in!
Helen – Palmerston North
Imagine there's no john lennon. It's very hard to do.
And a late entry we liked lots - Fane
A snarky young scouser named John.
Wrote the all time unbeatable song.
In a mind blowing chorus he sang I am the Walruss –
Its a pity the bastard has gone!
Claire - Auckland
Watchful eyes behind glasses round
Saw the world and he moved it with new sound
His words and thoughts now linger on
You will live forever John
Angela of Liverpool
There was a young lad from Liverpool
Whose philosophies are timeless - still cool
With his three mates from penny lane
The Beatles all shot to mega fame
They taught us all You Need Is Love
We feel Johns grace from the heavens above
As his music still lives on - its relevant to say
We share the groove with the kids of today
John Lennon, in Beatles Heaven.
Thought of often, never forgotten.
Sadly deceased, forever rest in peace.
They call it Strawberry Fields
A tranquil place,
Memorial to John Lennon,
Across the road from the hotel
Where he fell to the fatal bullet.
Close by the subway, where
The homeless sleep, hunched
Over warming vents.
We step around them.
What else can we do?
Forty years was far too brief,
Thirty years of empty grief.
What could have been we will never know,
Such genius was never allowed to grow.
Thank you John for the timeless belief.
Haiku for JL
Imagine, no John!
Oh no, give peace his chance as
I grow old for him…
There once was a young man named John
Who sailed to Hamburg for friendship & song
He always searched for the answer
And settled on love and human nature
Still his legacy goes on & on.
Imagine mind games;
Nobody told the people
you were on borrowed time.
Working class hero
Singing people power, love;
Stand by me.
How do you sleep, John?
Whatever gets you through the night
A Rhyme for John Lennon
Singer Song Writer for ALL TIME
It's so sad that you have gone
But your memories and music carry on
We're still crazy about it now
Can't imagine all the people
living in a world
that didn't know John Lenon
or the Beatles
What a sound!!!!!!!!!
John Lennon died young.
A crazy man shot him down.
We all cried that day.
Gimme 50s rocknroll/ Gimme 60s liberation politics/ Gimme peace, drugs, a scouse
accent/ Gimme celebrity/ Gimme paranoid CIA, paranoid assassin/ Fuck that, just
give me Yoko. ...yeah I know too late, pre-paid ran out.
Haiuku to john lennon.
Peacenik, poet, musician, Short life, successful mission.
John Lennon is gone.
Imagine if he'd survived.
What a world we'd have!
Three score and ten
Your timeless sound Still here
Generations past present future
Live in the rhythm of your essence
Your spirit in our cells, hopes and knowing
In our hearts, homes, our breath, our souls.
One with humanity.
Feeding all with your love
Long live John Lennon. His music is in a box. I must pay for it?
Were u my blue green princes come be with me together we will sing lovers
songs until the end.
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