Born in a Prison Lyrics - John Lennon

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We're born in a prison
Raised in a prison
Sent to a prison called school


We cry in a prison
We love in a prison
We dream in a prison like fools


Wood becomes a flute when it's loved
Reach for yourself and your battered mates
Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken
Look in the mirror and see your shattered fate


We live with no reason
Kicked around for no reason
Thrown out without reason like tools


We work in a prison
And hate in a prison
And die in a prison as a rule


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Wood becomes a flute when it's loved
Reach for yourself and your battered mates
Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken
Look in the mirror and see your shattered fate


We live in a prison
Among judges and wardens
And wait for no reason for you
We laugh in a prison
Go through all four seasons
And die with no vision of truth


Wood becomes a flute when it's loved
Reach for yourself and your battered mates
Mirror becomes a razor when it's broken
Look in the mirror and see your shattered fate



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Imprisoned by Our Minds | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/27/2008

John Lennon says we are born in a prison. Each person is born in the prison of his or her mind, and the mind is a societal construct. Every person is a socially conditioned robot, repressed and enslaved. And every person is programmed to believe that he or she can live free in a society.

This idea of society, culture, and civilization as a prison is part of the message of John Lennon. In his spiritual vision we are all imprisoned by our ego-mind and its divisiveness, possessiveness, and unawareness.

No vision of truth is possible with the mind. One must go beyond the mind in order to be aware of the highest state of consciousness, the innermost center of being, the nameless unknowable mystery. To be spiritually aware one must go within and personally, directly, immediately experience the beyond. Meditation is a technique to transcend the mind, and it is also the state of consciousness known as spiritual enlightenment.

We each choose to be spiritually imprisoned, bound, and enslaved. We each can also choose inner freedom, the only true freedom possible. The choice for inner freedom is the only real revolution, and that choice is the greatest responsibility for every individual.

For more about the message of John Lennon, see the related reviews in the past three days for “Imagine”, “Watching the Wheels”, “Revolution”, “Mind Game”, and “Working Class Hero”. The best review for “Two Minutes Silence” is two minutes of meditative silence.





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