John Lennon’s son, Julian, has delivered a spine-tingling rendition of 'Imagine' to support Ukraine.
Lennon posted a video of him singing his late father’s 1971 hit song in a dimly lit room, surrounded by candles, while accompanied by Nuno Bettencourt on guitar.
The singer performed ‘Imagine’ as part of the social media rally ‘Stand Up For Ukraine’, a campaign that is calling on world leaders and corporations to provide funds for the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the war-torn country.
In his post, Lennon wrote: “As a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could. So today, for the first time ever, I publicly performed my Dad’s song, IMAGINE.”
The War on Ukraine is an unimaginable tragedy...— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) April 8, 2022
As a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could. So today, for the first time ever, I publicly performed my Dad’s song, IMAGINE. pic.twitter.com/Qcggk2XaAx
The ‘Too Late for Goodbyes’ singer previously said he would only cover 'Imagine' if it was the 'end of the world'.
However, he felt it was now appropriate to dedicate the song to the millions of Ukrainian refugees fleeing their homes.
“Why now, after all these years? - I had always said, that the only time I would ever consider singing ‘IMAGINE' would be if it was the ‘End of the World’," he said.
He added that the song perfectly captures what the world is feeling and represents a small glimmer of hope.
“His lyrics reflect our collective desire for peace worldwide. Because within this song, we’re transported to a space, where love and togetherness become our reality, if but for a moment in time,” he said.
“The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel, that we are all hoping for.”
The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel, that we are all hoping for...— Julian Lennon (@JulianLennon) April 8, 2022
As a result of the ongoing murderous violence, millions of innocent families, have been forced to leave the comfort of their homes, to seek asylum elsewhere.
Lennon ended the statement by demanding everyone stand up for Ukraine while advocating for refugees worldwide.
“I’m calling on world leaders and everyone who believes in the sentiment of IMAGINE, to stand up for refugees everywhere!" he said.
"Please advocate and donate from the heart. #StandUpForUkraine”
Lennon, who is the spitting image of his father, has had an illustrious music career spanning more than four decades and has also worked as a photographer and filmmaker.
In 2017, Lennon wrote a children’s book called Touch The Earth, which explores the world of fantasy and follows the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can travel to where ever you want.
He told TODAY that his dad mostly inspired the book: “Dad had said to me that if there was a way of letting me know that he was going to be all right, or that we were all going to be all right, it would be in the form of a white feather.”
Featured Image Credit: Julian Lennon Twitter. Alamy
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