John Lennon’s 1971 hit “Imagine” is fondly remembered during times of war or during conflict, as its lyrics call for unity and peace. And the war in Ukraine was enough to make Lennon’s son, Julian, sing the song for the first time.
In a note written by Julian Lennon on YouTube, he said he had actually resisted singing the Vietnam War-era song for many years. “The only time I would ever consider singing ‘Imagine’ would be if it was the ‘End of the World,’” he said.
But the war happening in Ukraine is “an unimaginable tragedy,” he wrote, and “as a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could.”
His cover was in support of the #StandUpForUkraine fundraising effort being organized by the nonprofit, Global Citizen. An event in Warsaw which was held on Saturday in support of the fundraiser was able to cough up $10 billion in pledges for Ukrainian refugees.
And according to the recent U.N. figures over $4.5M is already on ground, with nearly half of it coming in the form of donations from governments, companies and kind individuals. The other portion was received as grants and loans from public European financial institutions.