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John Lennon’s son goes against age-old oath and performs ‘Imagine’ at Ukraine fundraiser

For the first time, Julian Lennon defended one of his late fathers John Lennon’s most iconic songs.

In the midst of the brutal conflict in UkraineJulian, 59, has gone against his long-standing vow to never sing ‘Imagine’, performing the song at a benefit program for Ukrainian refugees on Saturday. (See above.)

“The Ukraine war was an unimaginable tragedy… As a person, and as an artist, I felt compelled to react in the most meaningful way I could,” music Doctor said in a footnote above YouTube along with a video of his performance.

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Julian Lennon Performs 'Imagine' for Global Citizens Stand Up For Ukraine
Julian went against his long-standing vow to never perform the song ‘Imagine’. (YouTube)

“So, today, I performed my dad’s song IMAGINE publicly for the first time. Why now, after all these years? I always say, the only time I would consider singing ‘IMAGINE’ if it was that. ‘Doomsday.'”

Julian, son of the late Beatle and first wife Cynthia, said the lyrics “reflect our shared desire for world-wide peace”.

“Because in this song we are transported to a space where love and togetherness become our reality, if but for a moment…” he wrote.

“The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel, which we’ve all been hoping for.

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“As a result of the ongoing murderous violence, millions of innocent families, have been forced to leave their comfortable abode, to seek asylum elsewhere.”

Julian Lennon Performs Father's Iconic Song 'Imagine'
Julian appealed to world leaders and sentimental believers ‘Imagine’. (YouTube)

Julian urges world leaders and ‘Imagine’ sentimentalists to “stand up for refugees everywhere”, adding, “Advocate and donate from the heart. # StandUpForUkraine.”

The 59-year-old’s performance was an emotional tribute to peace in the world Stand up for Ukraine global fundraiser, to raise money and awareness of war. The event was broadcast from Warsaw, Poland.

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Julian’s touching performance ended the televised event in Europe, which saw more than $10 billion in public, private and corporate cash raised to aid Ukrainian refugees.

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