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John Lennon Remembered - 2002


Another year has passed without John Lennon. The passage of time will not diminish his accomplishments. As the years go by, they just become more and more incredible. With every passing year, new generations of people discover John Lennon. We will never forget him.

 

Dec 8, 2002
Nightengale
Conshohocken, PA, USA
I think this may be the first year i've spoken here. It was amazing when i woke up today i didn't really remember at all. It wasn't until i was at church that it suddenly hit me. Somehow i kind of think that's a good thing. John wouldn't really have wanted me brooding over his death all day long. Still it leaves that slight pit in your stomach once you think about it. John has always been a light for me, not elevating him to a pedistal as some do. But I'll always think of him as a good person in the end and no man's bullet can ever change how we think of him and he can never die if we all remember him. So, i cast out my line and say John Lennon we remember you and we still love you.

Dec 8, 2002
Grant
I hadn't thought about it in a while, but it hit me right when I woke up what the date was. Hopefully this can be more a day of joy than sadness. John's music has influenced us all to imagine a better world and try to make it happen. Thank you for everything John, and we still miss you.

Dec 8, 2002
Geoff Bartlett
CB, Newfoundland, Canada
A martyr for peace, John Lennon will always be remembered as one of the greatest humans that ever lived. Through The Beatles and his quest for peace, he is a symbol of hope and his existence was more meaningfull for me than I could ever explain Peace

Dec 8, 2002
Yidana
Dec. 8, 2002 9:27 a.m. western time(U.S.) I'm 15 and I miss John. I wish I could have lived before he died. I was thinking about John and his death since the start of the month of December. While everyone was thinking of the holidays to come I was feeling a bit sad. Yesterday I was reading again on how John had died and I cried. Today I started thinking that "there is nothing to get hung about" and I know that John wouldn't want us all to be sad but to remember what he wanted for our world and how to make it a better place,PEACE. Everyone should remember that especially with what is going on in the United States and The World today. Let's "give peace a chance." I love you John.

Dec 8, 2002
Bob Rodman
Woburn,Mass
It seems like yesterday that I heard the news 22 years can you imagine all the great music we would of had if John lived and a strong voice for all of us (little) people God Bless you my brother you will always be with us.

Dec 8, 2002
YTKHOL
Om. Playing every song today. Every last one. Only Sri Krsna knows how much we need you now.

Dec 8, 2002
Beatlemaniac
This years seems especially hard, I don't know why...every year on December 8th I mourn the loss of a friend...a friend I have never met, never spoken to in person, but a friend, nonetheless. And after the initial sadness, I spend the rest of the day celebrating this wonderful beautiful man and his contribution not only to music, but to my life. Thank you John, you big stud you. :)

Dec 8, 2002
ika
sweden
John you are my hero. I remember you with love! ~ peace

Dec 8, 2002
Stacy
I love John so much I came to this site just to write something about him. Even if its just another little thing like everyone else, the man touched my life with his music. With everything, actually. A few weeks ago I went to New York City and saw the Dakota and Strawberry Fields. His house looked just like it does in the pictures, huge and monstrous and gorgeous. But it felt so sad being there and seeing all the people taking pictures. I didn't because I felt weird doing it, but I'm not against it. John was such an amazing man. I feel that he is still so misunderstood and underrated. What he did for music and for people's thoughts was enormous. He was such a grand influence on so many people, and so very human and beautiful. Its so terrible that he isn't here, and its worse when you think about the way he died. What a beautiful man...what a waste. Thanks John for everything!

Dec 8, 2002
BaBaLou
Wow, Twenty two years, time flies alright! I remember being told first thing in the morning....blew me away all day, played Beatle songs on my guitar and spin records all day as if it would change the news..............it didnt. John you are gone but will never be forgoten...Shine On!

Dec 8, 2002
Dave
suffolk,va,usa
intertwined souls are togeter, even apart. and my friend were here he would lighten it up. So give peas a chance

Dec 8, 2002
Jennifer
It's a sad day. I wasn't around when John was alive but I miss him so much. He was an amazing person who got through to so many people. That's why we're all here, so many years later, remembering his life.

Dec 8, 2002
Mags
Austin, Tx
Wow . . . so another year has passed . . . but no amount of time can take John from us. His music, his devotion to peace and happiness for everyone, is everlasting. John, you are a beautiful, beautiful boy. Although I am guilty of feeling sorrow, we must remember how lucky each of us have been to be able to be touched by John."if everyone asked for peace instead of another television, then there'd be peace" . . .

Dec 8, 2002
The Silent Whispers
Here is another year come and gone. What have I accomplished in and for the World Peace Movement? Have I done my best? Would John be satisfied with what I had done? I know that I have spoke up at every opportunity regardless the circumstances. Speaking up is not enough though. Got to get my website going. So I could have done more. I think about this every year and wonder if I'm coming any closer to filling John's shoes. Lots of work to do yet. I can't believe it's been 22 years now. Remember it like it was yesterday. I can still hear Howard Cosell's voice from the TV making the announcemet. Funny how things stick with you...... "Ladies and Gentlemen, I've just been handed a message from our news desk. Ex-Beatle John Lennon has apparently been shot and killed outside his home at the Dakota Building in New York City, by a fan...I can't believe this. We will keep you updated." John we love and miss you. ** **JOHN ONO LENNON (1940-1980)**

Dec 8, 2002
Soultemptress/Deb
Jacksonville/Florida/USA
I was living in Jacksonville back then. I was pregnant with our daughter. I was so awestruck when the news broke of his being and then his death. I was alone then. Ironically I now live back in Jacksonville and am alone on this anniversary. I truly believe in giving peace a chance and look at the simple pleasures in life. John had a tremendous influence on my life prior to his death and after. I took to heart the ability to show, without fear how I felt about any cause.

Dec 8, 2002
Delirium
Healdsburg, CA
I think that Nightengale is right...John wouldn't want people to brood over his death like we do. But we can't help it. John was a huge part of many lives, even if, like me, those people were born after his death. I don't remember the first December 8th that I was aware that it was the day he died, but it was many years ago, and I've been struck down just as much as the year before ever since. Two years ago, while in the midst of a terrible manic-depression, I came into my band class crying, then running around telling people that it was a terrible day. I think I was referred to my counselor. This is going to be one of the most cliche, cheesy things you'll "hear" me say, but here it is: John is gone, but his spirit will always be with us. We miss you, John!

Dec 8, 2002
Peter
Athens,Greece.
22 years..............!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My god it seems like yesterday.It's unbelievable indeed.All those years I've never stopped thinking about the great John Lennon.I was 15 then and remember I was shocked when I heard about John's murder on the news. A few weeks after I wrote and recorded a song for John as a tribute to his work. I wanted the world to share the song with me about how I felt for the loss for John. But,the world didn't care about John's loss - to them it was just another death in the world like millions everyday....... and much more they didn't care how a 15 year old boy felt about John's death. Nevertheless,after all these years I still feel the same for John and especially on December 8, I live the whole story again.It's painfull but John was one and will live forever in my heart. May you rest in peace Dear John. and as the 45rpm record of my song finishes it says: ...so long johnny and please take care we'll all come up someday and meet you in the air...

Dec 8, 2002
SŽbastien Smith
Canada
In these uncertain times, it is always a relief to know I, and countless others can escape the torments of this pressured world with the ageless words and timeless music John has given us throughout his life. Today is my memorial day. I am 21, and I have admired John's legacy for most of my life. I take this day, December 8th, to think things over about our choices, whether good or bad, and try to make good come out of them. It seems that the ideals John had in mind are as relevent today, in 2002, as they were in 1980... If only we listened to our hearts and looked around... If only for one moment things came close to his views, we would be one step closer to reaching happiness. Thank you John for your dreams and may god bless your gentle soul...

Dec 8, 2002
Juli (Plastic Ono Band)
USA
I miss you John. I like to think you arn't dead. ~ Juli

Dec 8, 2002
Lord Moss Side
ENGLAND
I remember were I was when Jon died and I'll always will. The dream is never over. P.s It will always be Lennon and McCartney and not McCartney and Lennon. Tell your children and your children to tell their children.

Dec 8, 2002
Dinora
Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela
Twenty two years ago you left us in this life... but you are always in our hearts and your music will live forever... I would like to tell you many things, but... I really don«t have words, but if you look at into my heart you will see what I«m feeling... JL, I am just a Venezuelan woman who wants some peace to my country, please "Help, I need somebody, help, not just anybody...". We need some peace, Johnny, help us to create conscience to live life in peace, like you dreamed for everyone... God bless you Johnny. I LOVE YOU...

Dec 8, 2002
beni jwl
today is a sad day, or is it a happy one? we remember the greatest entertainer today, that's a benefit, maybe for mister kite... so it's up to you. because of christmas i play john's happy x-mas and these chords are unbelievable, they are simple and great und i guess i'll always remember john by singing: war is over, if you want it, war is over nooooooooooooowwww. so rest in peace john and strike the guitar with george. on and on and on, round and round. in loving memory one of your greatest fans the guy you have been. bye bye

Dec 8, 2002
Amanda
Iowa, USA
You taught me how to love, about peace, and helped me when I had no other support. I've known you for only a couple of years and my life hadn't yet begun when yours was taken away. It's strange to me to think that someone I'll never know is my hero, is the person who matters most to my fourteen-year-old self, but it is true. Your words have inspired me, your songs have given me hope, and most of all the love and peace you embodied continue to show me the way. Your life may have been senselessly ended, but you still live on within each of your fans. I miss you, John, just as I love you and trust your message. Give peace a chance. Love - Amanda

Dec 8, 2002
Abbey
Here
Another year, more tears. I've tried expressing what I feel here before, but I just can't. I miss John very very much...and I love him very much. His music means the world to me, and if it weren't for him, for the Beatles, God knows where I'd be now. Thank you for what you've done, John. We'll miss you always. You and George. Give peace a chance.

Dec 8, 2002
Mike
NYC
You have inspired us all. Thank you. Today is a sad day but your memory will go on. You taught me what love is, and for that you will never die.

Dec 8, 2002
John jr.
You mean more to me that I could ever admit but you have inspired me just as much as anyone else. In your life you did so much more that just make "that music", fight for peace, and be what you were to the world. Behind all that you were a father- and a husband. Thank you for being all you were to the world. Nothing would be the same now. I'm going to quit being all sappy now, but I do miss it. I am sorry the madness of the world took you. We all miss you but we all say thank you for what you did manage to give up for us. Its not supposed to end like this.. but it did.

Dec 8, 2002
Jennie
Denver, CO
22 years...I was only 2 when John left our world. But every time I listen to his music I feel so close to him and thank God that I found his music...I wish more people would hear his message. I wonder what it would be like if John were here with us now. Would he be disappointed in the state of the world? Have we all given peace a chance? Why can't war be over? Why don't enough people want it enough? Questions we can't answer.... I miss you John and thank you for what you have given me. We are all better because of you.

Dec 8, 2002
Mallory
Phoenix, AZ, USA
I'm fourteen years old and John taught me how to be at peace with the world around me. Today I will celebrate his life, instead of mouning his death. Thank you John for you sense of love, life and peace. I love you, Mallory

Dec 8, 2002
Esteban Rodr“guez
Hermosillo, Sonora, MEXICO
What can I say about John Lennon which has not been said already? He changed my point of view: anger, hate and stupidity soon became love, peace and good will.Thank you John Winston Ono Lennon for changing our lives. All of them. REMEMBER LOVE

Dec 8, 2002
Soledad Jachuf
Argentina
Besides everybody knows this, it was the worst lost that humanity could have. A genious, a man that changed the toughts of many persons, that could something fantastic with his music and his person. And remember, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE!! AND PLEASE IMAGINE!!!!! ---*SOLE*---

Dec 8, 2002
Dan Kingery
We all miss John and it's a sin that he was taken too soon, but today I will be thankful for the time he was here and for the blueprint he left for me to follow. dano

Dec 8, 2002
Gay McFatridge
Anaheim, CA, USA
Dear Johnny, I don't like to be sad on this day very year when it comes around. I celebrate your words and your music every year instead. It's too easy to be sad so I fight back. I watch the new DVD of AHDN. I watch Help!. I know they are just movies, but I see you laughing there, so I feel better. I listen to outakes on the bootlegs of you talking and laughing with the other Beatles. And very soon I'm laughing too. Oh no, there's that song by Elton- Empty Garden. So lovely, yes and so damn sad. Turn it off, there are those dreaded tears again. And I have to start over again. Thank my sweet Lord, that I have to go to work today and I'll be very busy. Thank you for coming along 38 years ago and saving me. Ah, Johnny, bless you wherever you are. And dear George too, of course. Peace and love always.

Dec 8, 2002
peacenic
John you are everything to me. Love you forever.

Dec 8, 2002
Music Nut
The angels cried as I past the shattered glass, Stepping into crimson, the blood that was inherited through me. I look around where I am and see the crowds trying to sing his songs through tears in their eyes because their sheperd has died. I see his body, the temple of peace and love through the light of the dimming candles that midnight. I see his wife, now widowed as my own, hugging her son, who he had time to see. Now I wonder, should I have just stayed at home? Did I have an obligation to see him? He tried to give me the security I didn't have growing up. Now, the tears start welling in my own eyes as I figure that he did love me as he loved his other son, and all his daughters and sons of the world. Who had seen him grow from a witty young adult to a peace-loving guru, Which notions my half-family today is trying to give the world Remember his marches, the bed-ins singing and chanting his own theme song, and all the lives he has changed? To his band days until his death, did he know he held the world in his own hand? Did he know we all love him still after all these years? The angels cried indeed, as God smiled and looked at his two vices and said, "Someone will follow the footprints he has marked in man's sand." John Lennon: 1940-1980 We will love you forever

Dec 8, 2002
Nick Heim
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Today always reminds me exactly how much we could use a John Lennon these days... Listening to the songs, wishing things were different. "For the first time in my life, my eyes can see..."

Dec 8, 2002
David
Barcelona,Spain
We always love you John! Thanks for the Pepperoni George!

Dec 8, 2002
Music Nut
Departing from the poem I had written, these are my own views. John, you have given the world so much and year by year we learn by your death how much music should mean to one's soul, and how we all should take a stand for what we believe in. You did it all, you broke the rules and never took a sh*t about it. You're more than a singer or a celebrity, you are a prophet that we rarely see/saw. 22 years pass, and yet I still grieve over your death. Bitter tears which will never be erased from your fans' hearts. You mean so much to the world today, and year by year, slowly by slowly, we [bagists] meet new people around 13-15 years old, believing in the same word. Whenever I meet one of the newbies, I feel like bursting out in tears, 'cos I know that a bit of you is in each of their souls, fighting in their own lives to hold to your word and spreading your music to the rap-perversion music listeners who refuse to listen to oldies. "Lord, for they do not know what they are doing". And again December 8th rolls past like rushing waters, and my heart swims away with it. I feel you inside me, when I feel like saying something out of line or writing a phoneomenal song that I could put my pride into. Now, you're more than just a dead singer, you are a force that strikes down us whenever we need your love and wisdom. We Love you. "Music is a gift, use it wisely." -Nutism

Dec 8, 2002
alicia subiaur
vhsa,tabasco,mexico
everybody, please remember him, JOHN LENNON. PEACE AND LOVE yesterday, today and forever.

Dec 8, 2002
Lucky Penny
NYC
And here we are again, mourning another year. Will the pain ever cease? Will there ever be a December 8th that will come and go without me shedding a tear? I'd like to think not--because if that day comes, I would feel as though I let you down, myself down, and those who fight for peace--that my ambition to carry on your love for the world would end. It would be disrespectful to you and to the cause. If I cannot mourn over you, then how am I supposed to emote, grow, and love other less significant but equally deserving things in my life? Therefore the grieving process is never ending, and although I wish you were here, your absence has left such an effect on me, that I am strangely grateful. You opened up not only my eyes, mind, but also heart, like no other. Thank you John, I miss you, and love you always.

Dec 8, 2002
Amy Lynn
New Castle, PA
I was only one year old when John was killed and I didn't understand for a long time who he was and what it was all about. But I know now. I know what he brought to the world in a time where everything was falling apart. I wish I could've been around then and been able to understand everything a little better. But I do understand John's message: Peace, Love, and Music can bring the world a little closer together. Especially now in this day and age we need to remember these things. We need to forget about the race and creed of people who are different and remember that we are all human beings and we all can love if we want to. We all have to give and maybe John will see just how much he and his music touched people. And how now, even years after his death, he is still loved, missed, and needed.

Dec 8, 2002
peggy
peaceandlovecountry
22 years,oh,no!John,i still think that you here,when i listen "Don't let me down",now.This night is so windy,but such cool night.I know that you here,there and(always)everywhere!..I don't speak good English,but i know for love and love is the only language for me and you know that for sure...

Dec 8, 2002
G~
Thanks for helping me find my soulmate.

Dec 8, 2002
Peter
Athens,Greece.
To all the Beatle fans all over the world: Let's have a minute of silence for John and George who are now singing to the angels in the sky. Let them know that for us they both are HERE,THERE AND EVERYWHERE.

Dec 8, 2002
Shawn
Canada
Thanks for all the love you brought to the world. We all miss you dearly. You will never be forgotten, and your legacy will go on forever. R.I.P. John

Dec 8, 2002
Dara
nj, usa
John, Sadly, I was not alive when you were. I was born about 6 months too late. Though your music still has made it into my life. Even as I write this I am listening to the song "Mind Games" on my cd walkman. I use one of your lyrics from "Beautiful Boy" as an everyday inspiration, "Life is what happens to you While you're busy making other plans." I could not have said it any better. Well...it's been 22 years since you left us, but you will always be in the hearts and minds of us fans. We love you and miss you more than ever John! Thanks for inspiring me and everyone else! luv ya, Dara

Dec 8, 2002
Matt
Can we all imagine if John was still alive..not only the US would be a changed place...but the world. On this day each year i always get very sad- then very mad. Mark David Chapman should be put to death for killing the most talented man on Earth. I love you and miss you forever John...

Dec 8, 2002
Jeff
Thanks, John. Love you.

Dec 8, 2002
Little Nicola
Scotland
You mean so much to me John. I don't know why you had to go, but the world mourns and misses you. Today has been a sad day for me, you know I haven't forgotten you. Thank you for everything. x

Dec 8, 2002
pooryoungcountryboy
Hard to believe - 22 years. There's not much I can add that hasn't already been said. Rest in Peace - you're not forgotten.

Dec 8, 2002
thebeatlesfan
ny
Imagine. He did. Thanks.

Dec 8, 2002
cree_chris
moosonee
Still thinking 'bout you John. Still love your words & music. Still missing you, all these years ago...

Dec 8, 2002
Nowhere Man
Remember Hope, remember peace, remember love, remember John.Thanks John your memory will live forever

Dec 8, 2002
Steel and Glass
Spain
After those years your memory and words still in our minds, and souls. In this crazy and changing world you showed us that there is a way and a path to grow into another human world. Imagination!!!!!!!!!! Make us free and creative Lets Imagine a new world and join pure souls and energy to make lennon Imagine world come true Peace love and lennon Music Steel and glass

Dec 8, 2002
gloria rosenblum
brooklyn, new york
I was born 7 years after John was killed and I still can't believe I never will get to see him or look at him...We don't all have to cry today, but we should all remember John and what he contributed to the world...

Dec 8, 2002
B.Calvet
Barcelona,Spain
John,sigues vivo en los corazones de toda la Humanidad. Tu recuerdo es inolvidable para todas las personas de buena voluntad.

Dec 8, 2002
Tomasz 'Tommy' Jedralski
Katowice, Poland
'I always consider my work one piece, whether be with Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Yoko Ono; and I consider that my work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried and I hope that's a long, long time.' - John Lennon, approximately 300 minutes before his assasination. Johnny, I just hope someday I'll join You wherever You are.

Dec 8, 2002
amethyst9
I sang Imagine last night at 10:50pm and then danced to Happy Xmas (War is Over). No matter how much life tries to make me forget the truth, your songs are always there to remind me. Thank you for your gifts..... I miss you

Dec 8, 2002
Nidal(superstar), Khaled (Aeonian)
Israel
All that can be said is in the words of his songs. So we are just humming the perfect melodies and singing in our hearts for your memory. We only wish you would be born here, to fix our misieries, with your wisdom, mission and ispiration. Like most of your followers, we did not get the privilage of breathing the air the same time you did, we started only a few months after, but we can still breath the spirit that will always soak the air of the believers. We will come back here next year, and light the candle that just went off, again, because we need you too keep our hope going on, and no one can do that even after his death except you for people such as us, in these hard times in this hard place of war! You will always shine on, like the moon, like the stars, like the sun... We won't stop believing and hoping the way you did... Thank you! Peace and Love to you and to all the fans too... Nidal and Khaled...all the way down from Jerusalem. P.S. we would love to share feelings and thoughts with our fellow believers and especially with the women next to our Goru, Legend!

Dec 8, 2002
girl
up north, canada :)
i love you john, always will. Am trying not to mourn, because that doesn't change anything...but you'll always be remembered, and have helped so many people without even realizing it..i wasn't even alive when you were, but you still make sense of things for me. You helped me understand. Spread the love everyone. Love you John.

Dec 8, 2002
thepiper
what can i say but i wish i wouldve gotten the chance to meet john lennon and talk to him, maybe someday, somewhere we'll all get that chance again to meet him.

Dec 8, 2002
Juliana
Medell’n, Colombia
Hey, John....Today is a day to remember you, to know that we can still achieve piece, to conmemorate your life, and your genious. Thank you, John, for giving me the chance to listen to your sounds, for making the world a better place and, simply, for being yourself. I wonder what this world would be like with you, but then I pray to God that you are up there having a blast with George. Take care of us, John and be sure that we will never forget you.

Dec 8, 2002
L Rita
Kansas City, MO, USA
You know I f&*king hate today more than any day of the entire year. I keep thinking that this sucks big time that on this day John was killed by a psychopath. I feel so icky today and I know I am not being articulate here, but how can one truely articulate emotions? Twenty-two years gone. The world misses you John. Peace, L Rita

Dec 8, 2002
Fanny McBeavers
Columbus, Ohio, US
It's hard to believe it's been 22 years since John died. Yet, it's much harder to believe that he shares the same date of death as my late Grandfather (Dec. 8th, 1999). The latter always makes for a difficult holiday season. I visited Strawberry Fields in NYC this past March. It was beautiful to see even people younger than me (I'm 29) standing around the memorial lighting candles and singing John's songs. I'll always remember that experience and these days whenever Christmas is approaching and I'm all pissed off about not having my Grandfather around, "Happy X-Mas, War Is Over" always seems to be a sort of antidote. Thank you John. Much love to you all.

Dec 8, 2002
Melanie
Asheville, NC
"I consider that my work won't be finished until I'm dead and buried and I hope that's a long, long time." Unfortunately, you weren't here long enough, but your work continues to be unfinished and celebrated the world over. I always manage to find my way to this site every year - something guides me and I remember. I feel privileged to have known you through your music and your music and your ideals continue to affect my life today. It's quite a legacy you left and a love for this world the likes of which have never been seen. I love you, John, and I miss you...

Dec 8, 2002
Travis
Tonight, I hold my own personal candlelight vigil for my idol. May you rest in peace John Lennon, and may Heaven be blessed with as many great things for you as you have done for this world. Your legacy, your music, your life...You...Live on. Thank you for everything. You've truly changed all of our lives for the better. As for me, I'll see you when I get there.

Dec 8, 2002
Cecilia
Montevideo, Uruguay.
John, you are here.

Dec 8, 2002
Rambler1
NC
John Lennon is one of the greatest singers, songwriters & musicians of the 20th century & beyond as a member of the Beatles & as a solo artist while I think it's a tragedy how John's memory has been turned upside down into something he wasn't at all for generations to come which is a holier than thou figure after his death because he was a rock & roll rebel who became a rock & roll legend as well as a peace activist with music that will always be creatively, lyrically, musically & artistically important & influential no matter what.

Dec 8, 2002
Teresa
Graz, Austria
This night the first snow was falling, and I was standing in an Rock-Music-Club listening to "Imagine" which I wanted the DJ to play because John Lennon, one of the most original musicians which have ever lived is 22 years dead today. And I thought, shit, I was born three years too late! But on the other hand, I'm happy that he was there, and I'm happy that I could avoid the shock to hear from his murder. Sometimes I get mad when I think that there was such a cowardly man who shot him and that he was allowed to carry a weapon! But it's too late to discuss about it. I know that John was not a saint, but he was a great, a very original musician. He was the one who inspired me and also the one who gave me the pluck not to give up, whatever happens to me. Now I'm lifting my glass to you, John, hoping that your music will give happiness to many other people but me. I'm listening to #9 Dream and think about what you did in this world. You belong to the ones who were able to make our cold, violent world a little bit more beautiful with your music. I think I'm not the only one who thinks it.

Dec 8, 2002
Miklos
Toronto, Canada
It's been 22 years now. In earlier years I was thinking about this "anniversary" long before it came. Nevertheless it's been a sad day and remains. John's work remained unfinished. The question is not whether he was right or wrong. The coming together of the four of the Beatle is something very rare. I feel fortunate to have lived in the same time-space as theirs (The Beatles').

Dec 8, 2002
Camille
Erie, PA (USA)
God... I'm only 14, I was born eight years after John was killed, and yet it feels so real and painful right now. Sometimes it's hard to understand it, or even to believe that he really lived. But now, it's real. I played in an orchestral concert today, and at one point the audience stood up, held hands, and sung along as we played 'Let There be Peace on Earth'. Although the concert wasn't supposed to have anything to do with John, it did to me. I was so moved by it, the way it showed his presence still around us. I feel so, I don't know, lost almost, but there's a comfort in the music and the images. You just don't need words. You'll shine on forever, John, forever in our ears, our eyes, our hearts. I love you. And I'll miss you, forever.

Dec 8, 2002
Scott Tate
USA
Another year gone, John. Be well, wherever you are, and we'll try to manage the same down here.

Dec 8, 2002
Lisa
Canada
I was born ten years after John Lennon past away. I wish I could have met him. He is my idol, and always will be. I love his music. He is clearly one of the greatest musicians ever. John wanted a world of peace and happiness and I wish we could all work together and actually "give peace a chance". John Lennon is was great man and I will continue to pray for him.

Dec 8, 2002
Christopher Stolle
North Port, FL 34288
What's this? John Lennon is dead? Ha! I heard the Imagine album playing in my CD player last night. Was it real or a dream? It was very real. I could feel every emotion. This is a better world because we had John Lennon, and it became a worse world when he left. But he's not gone. Oh, no! He's going to come back to us every day, when we take a few minutes to reflect, listen to his words and act upon them. John Lennon was more than a singer. He was a human being trying to make the world better for EVERYONE, not just himself. In fact, you could say that John didn't die a happy man. Of course, he was happy at the end, but with many moments of turmoil in his life, you always have to wonder if his music did for him what it did for his millions of fans. I don't know what John would be doing now, but he'd be doing it better than anyone else. And I think he'd be happy doing it. We should all strive for that, no matter what barriers or boundaries are around us. John Lennon fought against many obstacles to achieve an unforgiving fame. In a sense, we can all be John Lennon. We just have to find the right ways and means to do it. Some of us, like myself, cannot sing. So, we must find other ways to express ourlselves to reach the masses. And we have to hope they can hear. John Lennon is not dead. He's a part of everyone who will open their minds and eyes to a better world. We must give peace a chance. Stop the war. And Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Kwanza, et al. Peace and love. --Chris

Dec 8, 2002
Little Willow
Indiana, USA
For what I think is the first time ever, I woke up on the morning of December 8th and didn't remember the significance of the day. Like Nightengale, I'm not sure if it's a bad thing. If you were here, John, I'm sure you'd smirk at all the people who are sobbing and scrawling various epithets in stone (myself included). Your motto was ``always look ahead, never over your shoulder.'' Still, the world cannot help but mourn your loss. It's a complete paradox, but I think I'm mourning it now more than I ever have. Mainly because of the sorry state the world's in. We could really use you; even if you weren't proactive anymore, we could at least take comfort in your wit. Yet I'm sure you would be doing everything you could to change things. In fact, if your death hadn't occurred, things might not be as they are. But it is pointless to speculate. Thank you, John, for doing what you could while you could. Thank you for (despite the fact that you'd been dead for years) helping a young girl who'd lost all sense of direction in her life steer herself back on course, Thank you for spreading a message of peace and love to everyone, and for leaving it behind in your music so that generations could hear it. Most of all, thank you for being so human--and never letting anyone forget it. We will never forget you. Love, Willow

Dec 8, 2002
Cory
Charlotte, NC
I miss you so much. I wish I could have met you but...Knowing you...you would have brushed me aside with a quick witty laugh. But that's ok...I will still love you forever. I visited "Strawberry Fields" about 2 months ago, And it was so nice to see it and feel the vibe. I am now planning to move to NYC so I can be close to you and have the best city in the world right outside my door. Peace and Shine On!! -Cory

Dec 8, 2002
Bryce
USA
well i was born 9 years after his death and i feel i know him what he would say to questions, what he belives in, and what he was living for i went to church today and said a pray for john, yoko, jullian, sean, and well (paul and yoko asked that we dont say his name) his killer that maybe someday he would realize his mistake and i ask that tonight before you drift away please join me in another pray or them

Dec 8, 2002
Cindy
Bless you, wherever you are....

Dec 8, 2002
Phil le Scarecrow
QuŽbec
Just wanted to add my thoughts ...Part of me died too that night in NYC ...

Dec 8, 2002
Victoria Jayne Tanski
California
I miss him and I love him... there's really not much more than that. My heart goes out to his family, lovers and friends... and to everyone else who ever heard his music and understood.

Dec 8, 2002
Wayne
"There's nothing new under the sun. All roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can't wake you up. YOU can wake you up.." John Lennon, 1980. If anything else, John wished and prayed for humanity to have their own wake up call. He said to be weary of leaders, be in tune with yourself, follow your own dreams and try not to fear the unknown. Accept it as the unknown and it's plain sailing.

Dec 8, 2002
Patty
United States
John, we need you so much today. I truly believe the world would be different if you were still here. We'd be much stronger, more united. We'd have our voice back, our leader in peace, our mentor to teach us. We will always miss you, always love you and always need you.

Dec 8, 2002
Rich Campbell
Lets all have a brandy alexander for John today and remember his life as he would have wanted us to. In peace, love and admiration for life itself through whatever positive influence you can have on this world. Peace - Do something about it!

Dec 8, 2002
r.c. peters
Oh John! While it is 22 years from that dreadful night - a night I still remember in horror - this year I found myself lamenting your death perhaps even more than I did back then. The other night during a Christmas fair in town, I overheard a remake of War is Over playing over the sound system - but they left out the War is Over part!!@@#!! We have a moron in charge who would have made you think that tricky dicky was a good guy. I remember signing the save Lennon petition back in the 70's. New laws make such acts risky. You would have been labeled a terrorist because you were against war. King Bush II is about to plunge us into unending war. We have "homeland security" and "patriot act" which destroy the freedom of the United States that you so loved. My teenage son has no music heros to encourage him to get off his a$$ and protest. He is doped with sex and tv and he thinks he is so clever and classless and free... No Give Peace a Chance. No bed ins. No War is Over signs. No bagism. Man this sucks. If you were here now, I do not doubt that you would be a voice to all of all ages to end this madness. Sean, Yoko, Julian - are you listening? Honor the memory of John and speak loudly against what is happening. Lit a candle for you in church today. God bless and forgive your shortcomings. You are missed.

Dec 8, 2002
polkaudio
MI, USA
John, I'm burning a candle for you right now. I miss you. If only the world would just imagine...

Dec 8, 2002
Tommy
Canada
Dear John, I remembered you today by recording one of your songs on my computer. "Beautiful Boy" is such a great song and you wrote it so well. I felt like you were playing and singing with me. I can only imagine how things might be if you were still here...

Dec 8, 2002
NONATO ALBUQUERQUE
FORTALEZA, CEARç, BRAZIL
LENNON CONTINUA NO NOSSO PENSAMENTO. NA DIMENSÌO CELESTIAL, CERTAMENTE, ELE BUSCA APRIMORAR-SE COMO ESPêRITO QUE COMANDOU UMA GRANDE REVOLU‚ÌO NA TERRA. A PARTIR DOS BEATLES, O MUNDO MUDOU. NîS MUDAMOS; A TERRA CRESCEU. A MòSICA DE LENNON, INSPIRADêSSIMA, CONTINUA A MARCAR FIRME OS CORA‚ÍES E AS MENTES DE TODOS NîS QUE DEVOTAMOS A ELE UMA ETERNA GRATIDÌO. LENNON, DE ONDE ESTIVER, SAIBA QUE, TAMBƒM NO BRASIL, NîS TE AMAMOS. COMO HOMEM, COMPOSITOR, IDEALISTA, ESPIRITUALISTA E, PRINCIPALMENTE, SER HUMANO.

Dec 8, 2002
nameless
Montreal, Quebec
I was born along time after John's death, however I still love him and his music.I think about him everyday, and the more I think about him the sadder I get. I feel like there is a hole inside of me. It's hard to imagine that I will never meet him or actually see one of his live concerts. He is the man I admire most. I wish John were still alive, because I know that he still had unfinished work to do. John surely changed the world, and his life ended too soon. I love you John. I know you are still here watching over the world.Please keep us safe. The world will never forget you.xoxoxo

Dec 8, 2002
NONATO ALBUQUERQUE
FORTALEZA, CEARç, BRAZIL
LENNON CONTINUES IN OUR THOUGHT. IN THE CELESTIAL DIMENSION, CERTAINLY, HE LOOKS FOR TO PERFECT AS SPIRIT THAT COMMANDED A GREAT REVOLUTION IN THE EARTH. STARTING FROM BEATLES, THE WORLD CHANGED. WE CHANGED; THE EARTH GREW. THE MUSIC OF LENNON, INSPIRED, CONTINUES TO MARK THE HEARTS AND THE MINDS OF ALL OF US THAT WE DEVOTED HIM AN ETERNAL GRATITUDE STRONG. LENNON, FROM WHERE IS, KNOW THAT, ALSO IN BRAZIL, WE LOVED YOU. AS MAN, COMPOSER, IDEALIST, SPIRITUALIST AND, MAINLY, HUMAN BEING.

Dec 8, 2002
David hasbargen
St. paul, MN, USA
Oh John, I 've been listening to your music all day, from "There's a Place" on your debut Beatles album to "Dear Yoko" on your final album. John,you have done so much for me, especialy this past year, even though you have long departed. I've realized how easy it is to love everyone, I've found my soulmate with your music,(thank you!) and I've realized what a talented person you are. From your fabulous singing on "Twist and Shout, to your psychedlic inventiveness on albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, to your campaigns for peace with Yoko, to your awesome love song at the end of your career, "Woman". You were obviously the most talented Beatle, and I've discovered your music and shown it to my friends, and we're all fans of you now. I was born 7 years and 8 days after you died, but your music has had such an impact on my life. I've given peace a chance, I've heard the Word( and it's fine, like sunshine), I dug a pony, I've played the mind games( I'm gonna buy that album next week, you wait and see!), I've I've turned off my mind , relaxed, and floated downstream. And I'm now better off than I was before. You were such a genious, John. I said a prayer for you in church this morning, and I've got candle burning for you now. I hope to visit Strawberry Fields in New York someday, but until then, I'll Cry Instead. You were right: All I need is love! You will always be remembered as a rocker, a mocker, a leader and a genius. you were the real brains behind the Beatles. You started them, and you ended them. I know you'd be dissappointed with the state the world is in today, and I'm sure you'd do something about it. whether it'd be another song, another interview, another poem or book, anything you do wouldv'e been great. I can only imagine what your opinion about the collapse of the soviet union would be, or the dawning of the crap we call rap, or september 11, 2001. even though it's been 22 years, young fans like me are feeling your music control us today, just as strong as ever. thank you john, I'll remember you forever and ever and ever. love you forever and ever.

Dec 8, 2002
Steve Andrisevic
Kansas City Missouri USA
I miss John every time I turn on radio and hear the swill that is passing itself off as music. I miss his interviews and his books but most of all I miss his music. I was young when he was alive and being without him has put a lot of age on all of us. Lets treat each other kind we dont need anymore hate. LONG LIVE JOHN LENNON!!!!!!

Dec 8, 2002
Ann
Canada
I love you John!

Dec 8, 2002
Alex Caldwell
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Goodbye, John. In spite of everything, you live on and you are loved.

Dec 8, 2002
Joe Delke
Island Lake,Il. USA
God bless John Lennon for the rich gifts he gave the world in his music, poetry and arts - I have comfort in knowing that your spirit will live on forever.

Dec 8, 2002
JosŽ Manuel Ono
Xalapa, MŽxico
22 years.....well i wasn«t even born when John died, but i think that people is dead when the things the do are dead too, but it«s not the case of John, all the things he did, his music and his ideas are still alive....and we could say that so is him. Happy Xmas, Hannukah , Ramadan (it finished but i don«t care),Kwanzaa, New Year and anything u celebrate for everybody. VIVA JOHN ONO LENNON!!

Dec 8, 2002
Cameron Pyziak
Toronto
John, thank you for everything! Marc, F.U you selfish parasite,R.I.H! God bless you John!

Dec 8, 2002
anonymous
I can't get it through my head. Though it's been so many years, John Lennon is dead.

Dec 8, 2002
dr. robert
dear john, hope your aren't too pissed of with what the Beatles did with your songs on the anthology, we all remember you and respect you. thank you so much. we're all giving peace a chance, but It's So Hard.your probably in heaven, sitting and Watching the Wheels go round and round. you really love to watch them roll anyway. hope you not dissapointed with us. love you forever.

Dec 8, 2002
Dizzy Mister Lizzy
New Jersey, USA
May those in deep morning find peace, as John probably has. For the great one, John Lennon: Thanks for your music and thoughts! daub

Dec 8, 2002
RestlessWind
Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
Dear John, 22 years seems like a long, long time, but it really isn't...to me, it's like it happened yesterday. I remember being told by my mother that "A Beatle was killed". I didn't know who you were...I knew The Beatles, of course, but they were just four happy, good looking guys singing beautiful songs on some funny movies I had watched on tv. John Lennon...the name meant nothing to me. But, oh...it only took a few days reading about you in newspapers and magazines, and suddenly I understood everything: the pain, the tears, the tributes around the world. I understood your greatness, and that you were so, so much more than Beatle John. You were a treasure, that humanity just wasted away. Now, your name means everything to me. More than Beatles, more that pop singer, rock star, crazy-funny-cynical Lennon. You are my true hero, a flesh and blood hero, not a fictional one. Forever in my heart. Good night, sweet Prince... "I'm only sleeping..." *restlesswind*

Dec 8, 2002
Roger Nilsson
Nashville, TN U.S.A.
"Empty Garden" by Elton John What happened here As the New York sunset disappeared I found an empty garden among the flagstones there Who lived here He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop And now it all looks strange It's funny how one insect can damage so much grain And what's it for This little empty garden by the brownstone door And in the cracks along the sidewalk nothing grows no more Who lived here He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop And we are so amazed we're crippled and we're dazed A gardener like that one no one can replace And I've been knocking but no one answers And I've been knocking most all the day Oh and I've been calling oh hey hey Johnny Can't you come out to play And through their tears Some say he farmed his best in younger years But he'd have said that roots grow stronger if only he could hear Who lived there He must have been a gardener that cared a lot Who weeded out the tears and grew a good crop Now we pray for rain, and with every drop that falls We hear, we hear your name REPEAT CHORUS TWICE Johnny, can't you come out to play in your empty garden (repeat last line and fade) ...we all miss you, John...

Dec 8, 2002
Eppie
22 years on and it still leaves me numb. What a waste.

Dec 8, 2002
Adam Bernstein
Seattle, WA, USA
It was 22 years ago today that the greatest musical artist of the century was killed by a religious fanatic from the deep south. I was at the Central Park vigil that following Sunday of 1980. I wrote a song called "Kill the Walrus" in 1979. Some of the lyrics were: "Kill the Walrus, yeah kill the Walrus, the Beatles are dead, yeah, yeah, yeah...followed in Brian's fatal footsteps, because us all, thought it was just Paul, we now know every, rests in the cemet'ry. Lennon fought it, and they he got it, the others helped John, and now they're gone." The lyrics either show I had gifted precognition or I was deeply disturbed, depending on your point of view. The "just Paul" reference was to the "Paul is Dead" clues. And of course "the Walrus", though John said it was Paul, I meant it as John. In any case it was written when I was 15 the year before John died. But aside from that I've written some excellent songs through the years. Feel free to check out my website: www.sixtiesuniverse.com

Dec 8, 2002
Greg Drummond
Land Of Bag
Dear John, I'm Young, Too Young To rememebr When U Were Alive, I wasn't ALive when You Were Actually. I've Only Discovered The Beatles, And John Lennon about 2 years ago. Since then, my life has gotten better, more positive and i strive to get peace, and tell other about it, like some people put religion on you. I miss you john altho i never knew u personally,but all that i've read it seems like i know everything about you.Your Wit, that one thng about that can catch anyone's heart among others, like your ability to love. I was reading in a book, a Biography that says you were anorexic, and ate very little and was very sick. That shocked me to find out, but i still love you, wether it is true or not it doesn't change the fact that your great person. I'm sure Sean And Yoko Miss you more then i do, and Paul and Ringo Also. I Hope You've Reunited wiht George, where ever it is you maybe be rihgt now. And I Hope that someday i can meet you also. Noone ever had Imagined this to happen to such a great man, but it did, and we have accepted that, who knew what would have come if u were stil alive, Good i hope, and i hope that everyone else relises that Peace is the way. We should all take up Bagism, not judging someone by the way they look, Give Peace A Change and Never Forget The Legend Of Lennon. I've Lite a Candel On Behalf of your life, and tragic ending, and on behalf of the family you left behind. John Lennon was a, musician, poet, brother, father, Husband, Son, and altho he never wanted to be one, a Leader. Everyone Of those John's was a very good man, weather it were an up or down in his life. I Love You John signed by Greg at 10:49pm, 22 years exactly from when Jonn was killed *REMEMBER LOVE*

Dec 8, 2002
Valarie
Richmond, VA
I was only 10 years old when John was killed by "the Jerk of All Jerks." Today, like other December 8ths of years gone by, I lit a candle in remembrance of our "Working Class Hero." G-d bless you, John. You live forever in our hearts. Give our love to George, too.

Dec 8, 2002
Adam
West Nyack NY
John, we miss you so much. If we could only live in a world with peace and no hate. Your words were so inspirational to your generation and to many generations to come. I never got to hear you play or see you live cause I was born the year you left us. We need you in a time like this when we are on the verge of war again. God Bless and the world is a better place from your time on Earth. Imagine.

Dec 8, 2002
Roger D. Almond
Hawkinsville, GA
Most of my short life I've been searching for an identity, trying to figure out who I am and what it is exactly I'm meant for. I've had many heroes that I have tried to emulate, to see if their personality suits mine. What I've never done is just be me, not try to be someone else. The one person I would want to be is John Lennon, but I believe if I were to meet John and tell him that, he'd tell me I should be myself and not another person. Whoever I become, I have the words of John Lennon to thank for that, I have his words to live by and get me through tough times. "My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel, not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all." As a poet, I've taken those words of his quite seriously. I try and reflect what I feel inside, be it a happy feeling or a sad one, and hope it also reflects what everyone else in the world feels or should feel. I was a baby when you died, John, but I can tell the world just isn't the same without you. But we will always "Remember."

Dec 8, 2002
Tracy Preiss
Conroe, TX
I was not yet born when John Lennon was taken from this world, so i cannot say that i remember exactly where i was when i heard the news of his passing. However, through the years i have become a hard-core beatles fan and have fallen in love with the words of Lennon. He gave the world hope when there was none to be found, he spoke of love and peace when the world was full of anger and disputes, and most importantly he told us how to "imagine" a better life for ourselves and for those less fortunate. Hearing the words of John and the beatles has gotten me through some really difficult times in my life and for that I am forever grateful. He is forever in my heart and will forever live on in my soul. Goodnight John Lennon..Peace be with you always!

Dec 8, 2002
Peter
Long Island, New York
Of all the sad occasions to remember, this one still hits me the hardest. It was so sudden, so violent and so senseless. Though I never met John Lennon, he seemed like a member of the family, perhaps because he so openly invited us into his life through his music, his witty observations, and with his totally honest but sometmes flawed films. Sometimes we saw more of John and Yoko than we anticipated, like their complete nakedness. It is rare for anyone much less an artist of his stature to have been so accessible and that was part of his genius. He had an urgent message of peace and love and he used whatever media he could to get the message out. It was not an original message, for others urged peace and acceptance as solutions rather than violence and war, but John put his unique imprint on the old message and made it fresh, vital and alive. I imagine that if he were with us today, he would still be urging peace, and not suffering fools lightly. His unique message of giving peace a chance rings more true in today's world than Lennon probably ever realized. We are quick to pull the trigger, much less inclined to sit back and think about consequences. Lennon's message of peace and love grows more meaningful every year and for that he will be remembered long after all of today's purveyors of militarism are long gone. As John said, "dig it". And folks we damned well better, as time is running out.

Dec 8, 2002
Lynda J Martinez
Houston Texas USof A
I remember getting ready for bed when I heard of his death."Beatlemania" the play, was in town. I had tickets for the next day. It was very emotional. John, you are missed here on earth.

Dec 8, 2002
JohnPaulGeorgeRingo
I honestly have to say I forgot.. sorry John. Although I think of you and the lads everyday, it slipped my mind that today was such an important one. When I found out, I wanted to puke, you know that feeling when you know sometihng has gone terribly wrong? I'm sure thats what those people felt when they heard you were shot, sickness and sadness. I wasn't alive when you were shot, born 6 years after, and although it might ease in the pain, it aids in the sadness and realization of it all. I was never here to see it live, know what was going on, hear your voice, buy your new record the day it came out, but luckily, due to technology I can, but its still not the same. I miss you John, even though I never had you. You were a great man, quite a fine young chap, and we all miss you. The greatest things I've learned in life came from 2 people, myself, and you. Thanks, sorry you weren't able to see things now. Although some have lost hope, there are still so many who believe. No, you really were not the only one.

Dec 8, 2002
Howie
MontrŽal, QuŽbec, Canada
All seems to have been said already. Your talent, your love, your music will always be remembered by us. Hopefully your message will someday be understood by all...God Bless You John Lennon.

Dec 8, 2002
b.d.
norway.maine USA
there were few like him and none have yet come to replace him.One of the few true greats of the twentieth century,he remains in our memories and thoughts as a rock and roll icon,brilliant songwriter,mind guerrilla,peace activist,seeker of truth,mocker of the false ,philosopher,comedian and great soul.John, we wish you all our best and thank you for what you dared to be, your impact on the world will never be forgotten.

Dec 8, 2002
Fernando
Buenos Aires, Argentina
ARGENTINA LOVES YOU JOHN!!!!! J O H N L I V E S O N ! ! ! !

Dec 8, 2002
LucyInTheSkyWithJohn
Dearest John, I'm sitting here, fighting off tears writing this. I wish I could be in NY now, sharing in the celebration of your life and the mourning of your death. You died 8 years before I was even born, but I like to think there's a bit of you in me. I believe in everything you said, and am learning your music to share with the world, to reawaken the Lennon in all of us. How I wish I could have met you, we could have shared thoughts over tea, or perhaps a music 'session' of sorts. I cry at night when I realise that won't happen. If there is an afterlife, you're the first person I'm going to see! I love you more than words can express John, and in these troubled times we need your message more than ever. Here I am, breaking into tears! Hope you and George are having a blast together tonight. I do not hate Mark Chapman, as hate isn't in my vocabulary, but I can't bring myself to forgive him for screwing you out of another 40, 50 or maybe even 60 years of your life, for stealing away the one glimmer of hope for peace we had in this awful world, and for robbing generations of your wit and wisdom. All I have left to say is, you're NOT the only one. I love you John, and the world mourns today for you. Peace forever, ~Angela~

Dec 8, 2002
MustangSally
NC
Hi Johnnie... I'm a bit behind this year, but I'm still thinking about you. Thanks for the courage to follow my own dreams, and for the music to give me the strength to do so. There's so much love to be found in the world if one only will seek it out.

Dec 8, 2002
Lena
Ukraine/USA
John lives within us, with us and through us. He helps me to love this life and live it honestly and free. You need someone to guide you, to tell you that you're the one to make things better. I'm happy that I have John in me. This knowledge is a very rare gift - though it's so easy to get it! The point is that you need to care. John's simple wisdom shines on. I'm happy that I can be a part of John. Because I feel I am. Love you, my teacher, my precious friend, my only me.

Dec 8, 2002
another dreamer :)
john, i hope wherever you are you're utterly content. you truly deserve it. you were taken away from us and your true loved ones too soon...but this just means heaven gained another angel. there's a bit of you in all of us john, there's always light. i miss you so much. love always.

Dec 8, 2002
Garrettt Gilbertson
Winona, MN
Another year gone. I wasn't even alive in john's lifetime, but despite that he's been an amazing influnce on me. I'm just ending my day by listening to Plastic Ono Band. Thanks John.

Dec 8, 2002
Mallory
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Today I noticed, while reading though the messsages, that the people on this website come from all over the world. One of John's biggest dreams was for peace. Get active, go to peace rallys, lets finsh what John started. Lets GET PEACE!!! I love you John!

Dec 8, 2002
Joseph
Vancouver, Washington
Whatever John Lennon was he was at heart an honest man, and whatever he did came from his soul. That a man so dedicated to love, to peace, could die so brutally is a testament to the evils of this world, but in his music he lives on. He was the dreamweaver, the Walrus, and John, and no matter how we feel about his opinions, we cannot help but to admire him. John is the man who inspired me toward music, and on this day as I lean over my guitar, I can only feel awe at his talent. John Winston Lennon was the greatest music creator of our time, and he where he lost life, he gave it to us. "Living on Borrowed Time" Goodnight John, keep on singing.

Dec 8, 2002
wendy
I will always miss you, John Lennon. God bless you.

Dec 9, 2002
J.
I love you John. Its terrible what happened and I can never, ever forget it...but you have lived on, and you always will- through your art. I remember one of your friends on TV saying, "I don't think John knew how many people loved him." I'm one of them. I wish you were here and could see how much you touched so many people with what you did, and also have your life to do whatever you want. But you still shine on, my man, like the sun and the moon and the stars...

Dec 9, 2002
Laura
I wasn't even alive during John's lifetime, but his life and music have made an unexplainable influence on me, and the way I live. Thank you, John, for filling my life with your words and music, and showing me what can happen if I only "Imagine".... I love you, John. Peace

Dec 9, 2002
A dreamer
SHINE ON, DR. WINSTON O'BOOGIE!! I LOVE YOU MAN, PEACE OUT!

Dec 9, 2002
Angie
Monroe, MI
You helped me through some of the toughest times in my life and I still turn to you when the going get rough. Your music has always inspired me, elevated me and just simply made me happy. I can't believe it's been 22 years already. It seems like only yesterday. It's amazing how your music continues to touch people, even people how weren't born when you died. That is a true testament to you and your ideas. God rest your soul and one day we'll all meet again. Thank you, John

Dec 9, 2002
Joe (WebBoard Writer)
Newport Beach CA
Damn. Its still so painful.

Dec 9, 2002
Clari Faerie
i love you, john

Dec 9, 2002
VAQUERO JLV
ECUADOR
I IMAGINE THE WORLD AS YOU DO. YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY DREAMER, WE WILL BE AS ONE.

Dec 9, 2002
Tiffany
Minneapolis, MN USA
You, John, were the catalyst that made me become who I am today. I will always and forever consider you my hero. Thank you for touching us all.

Dec 9, 2002
Elizabeth Caudy
Wilmette, IL USA
John, I really dig the conversations we have in my dreams. Keep on rocking, babe, I know you will. Today there are millions of strong beautiful women making art due to the legacy you and Yoko and many other misunderstood artists made. I know you would be proud. Say hi to the Goddess for me!

Dec 9, 2002
Maraya
Dallas,Tx
I awoke yesterday morning to the sound of rain drops falling on my roof.I laid there for a moment and realized what the day was. The anniversary of John's Death. Then I realized that those weren't rain drops falling, it was the sound of the world weeping, then I thought again, maybe it's just John, spreading his spirit, like he does in the sun,and the trees. The next time it rains, don't get depressed, think of John and smile. Peace and Blessings to you all...........................m_agine@yahoo.com

Dec 9, 2002
Colin Watts
Essex, England
just got back from New York to Baltimore, where im staying with my mate stu. We visited central park yesterday, (8th) and made a beeline to the lennon memorial to pay our respects as a couple of fellow brits in exile on this unhappy anniversary. it was a cold bright day, the park looked beautiful, peaceful and white in the snow, and may i just say it was a pleasure to see so many people there paying respects, singing and remembering. We saw a lot of happy faces and smiles as John was remembered, and people sang and listened to those playing, which is how it should be. The memorial is simple, beautiful, and moving, and the visit is one i'll always remember well done new york and all those from all over who were there, you did the man proud, its nice to see him remembered so well in the city he loved and ended his days in. peace to all, john , respect , you were the daddy mate and will always be missed col & stu Essex & London, England, via Baltimore WHUFC

Dec 9, 2002
Matt Q
Huntington, WV
Imagine all the people living life in peace...a 30 year old idea that we haven't even approached yet. John was a dreamer (but not the only one) and all it takes is for us to follow his ideas and this world will be a much better place. Hey, I'm only 18 and I can see this! I've been a John Lennon/Beatles fan since 1996 when The Beatles Anthology aired on television. Since then I've collected memorabilia, films, cd's, tapes, endured the death of George Harrison, had John Lennon's self-portrait tattooed on my left arm, seen Ringo Starr live in concert. The point I'm making...millions of other fans know what I'm talking about. Collecting things, going to their concerts, listening to their music, watching them on tv...if all of us would work to make a difference then we can. Let's face it, this world has gotten worse since John left it, but we can take this sad song and make it better! God bless everyone who has passed over this site and read mine and other people's remarks, Rest in peace John & George, let's all GIVE PEACE A CHANCE!!!

Dec 9, 2002
Gene
Fullerton, CA
I love you John. Always thinkin' about ya!

Dec 9, 2002
Ivan
Kyiv, UKRAINE
I discovered your songs and life this past July, I've been to the City you loved and the Park you played with your son. I wonder what you'd have looked and been doing now...

Dec 9, 2002
Tim
22 years since that awful night. 1 year since we lost George. I still think of you both nearly every day. I'm not sure why, but my world, the world, isn't quite what it was when you two were still in it. Saw Paul this year. I can tell he misses you both terribly. The songs he sang for you came from the heart. The tribute to John was especially moving. I guess because in some ways we all know how he feels. I remember waking up to the news John was dead on Dec. 9th. It shocked my young heart so much I still remember the entire day like it just happened. Of course I remember waking up to the news George had left us last year. I was expecting it, but it still hurt. I guess all us "baby boomers" are heading towards the "last round up" fast. Where did the time go? The Beatles showed us how to live and have fun out of life. I guess now they're showing us how to die. Paul's showing us we can still be vital and make new starts at a later age. I think I'll follow his lead for now. But I learned a lot from George and the graceful way he left life. A class act to the end. John didn't have a choice. Still, his loss taught us many things. The biggest thing was just how much we loved the Beatles and how much it was going to hurt as each one of them left us. I had no idea it would happen this soon. Live life and love each second while you can. It could all end at any time.

Dec 9, 2002
martin
London, England
22 years ago. It sounds like a hell of a long time when you see it written down, yet I can call up the day so clearly. All of those who can remember it will be able to do that. It all changed that day and the world has never been the same since. I stopped dwelling on the awfulness of John's passing a long time ago. It doesn't do any good and there has to come a point when the crying stops. Otherwise, you would always be in that place, wishing you could unmake history. I don't think he would have wanted that and so when I think of him, I smile and feel thankful that he was around and that people are still inspired and moved by him and what he did. He wasn't a 'perfect' human being but, in a strange way, that makes him a perfect EXAMPLE of a human being, who also happened to be a genius.

Dec 9, 2002
nat
little england beyond wales
22 years....i wasnt even born when that heartless man took him away from us i can only imagine how the world would be if he was with us 2day he changed my life PS i love you

 

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