Keith Urban joined others in a pre-recorded performance of the John Lennon classic “Imagine” during the opening ceremonies of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Keith shared a video clip of him talking about the song on his Instagram. In the video, Keith says of the iconic song, “It’s one of those songs that feels just like it’s always been there, like a spiritual classic. It’s more of a hymn than a song, you know?”
He added, “What lyrics stand out for me in the song? Aw, just the ones from the beginning to the end. It’s an amazing song!”
Urban then sings the line, “‘You must say I’m a dreamer,’ that’s an extraordinarily powerful line to me. The real definition of optimism and hope right there in that one line.”
The clip closes with Keith saying, “Even if you don’t speak English and you don’t know what’s being said in ‘Imagine’ you can feel that song.”
According to The Associated Press, Urban joined John Legend and an array of singers in performing the song in the opening ceremony.
Lennon once said, “We’re not the first to say ‘Imagine no countries’ or ‘Give peace a chance,’ but we’re carrying that torch, like the Olympic torch, passing it hand to hand, to each other, to each country, to each generation. And that’s our job.”