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Why “Give Peace A Chance” Is One Of The Greatest Songs Ever Written

The 1969 single by John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, written while the Beatles were still officially together, was one of the most simple songs ever recorded, but it is still one of the most powerful.

Opening with John singing for a few moments, followed by the chorus of “All that we’re saying, is give peace a chance,” this pattern continues on for about a minute, and then? All you hear is the chorus, for the remaining three minutes of the song. That’s it. That’s the masterpiece. The song became the anthem for the American anti-war movement during the Vietnam war, and is in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock ‘N’ Roll”.

So why is this song such a powerful thing? What makes it worthy of being one of the 500 songs that shaped rock, when all it is is John and a group of people (More than just the Plastic Ono Band) singing “All that we’re saying, is give peace a chance”? Well, that’s exactly why. Its so damned simple. The song has a feeling of unity about it. With all of the people on record singing, its hard not to join in yourself, even if you’d look like a buffoon. Like McCartney’s “Hey, Jude”, and its chorus of “Nanana naa’s”, its a song that you can get a room full of people, a school full, a stadium, or an arena full of people, to sing along. No matter their race, religion, origin, gender, sexuality, political stance, whatever. Its a song that brings people together, chanting one common message that despite what some may say, I think all humans really do desire in their lives. And in that unity, in this song, we do exactly what John wanted us to do, even if for only the duration of that song.

We give peace a chance.

Happy (Day Late) Birthday, John. You’ve given me an image of peace, and have given me hope that someday, the world truly can live as one.

You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. And I hope someday you will join us, and the world can live as one.

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