Instant Karma’s gonna get you

I’ve been on a John Lennon kick (his solo post-Beatles stuff) lately. The song I currently have stuck in my head is “Instant Karma!”

Instant karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you right off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Everyone you meet

You know, now that I think about it, the lyrics of that song are a good start at summarizing my religious/spiritual beliefs.

Why in the world are we here?
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there?
When you’re everywhere
Come and get your share

Interesting fact about “Instant Karma!”: John recorded it on January 27, 1970, and it was in the stores on February 6, a mere ten days later. Five days after that, John performed it on the British TV show Top of the Pops. He was still officially a Beatle at this point (their breakup was not announced until April), but nevertheless he released this single which more or less defined the kind of work he’d be doing during his solo career.

How in the world you gonna see
Laughing at fools like me
Who on earth do you think you are
A superstar?
Well, right you are

Well, we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well, we all shine on
On and on and on, on and on

Well, we all shine on…