US Doctors Share Touching Cover Of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
Graphic by Michael Ochs
US Doctors Elvis L. Francois and William Robinson have delivered a heartfelt rendition of John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’.
Following the release of all-star celebrity cover earlier this week, the two Mayo Clinic doctors have offered their own take on Lennon classic.
Orthopedic health specialists based at the Minnesota branch of the Mayo Health Clinic, the pair shared their cover to Instagram on Monday.
“We decided to post it as the quarantine had kinda hit its stride and people were inside and … scared and, if nothing else, stir crazy,” Robinson informed ABC News, “[they were] looking for some hope and comfort.”
“The song [is about] hope and having the world coming together as one,” he continued. “In order to beat this thing and self-isolate and quarantine … it’s going to take everybody. And so, the message of that song kind of hit home.”
“There are so many things in the world that divide us,” Francois added. “[This] particular song is a song that is meant to bring people together.”
“Music goes places that medicine can’t go,” he reflected. “You can perform the perfect surgery but that next day, when a patient’s going through rehabilitation or they’re faced with a difficult diagnosis, music is something that speaks to the spirit… In many way[s], music heals people in ways that medicine can’t heal them.”
The video has received an overwhelming response.
“It’s such a small thing,” Robinson confided. “If something this small can provide people comfort or hope in any capacity … it’s such a humbling experience for both of us.”
Released almost 50 years ago, John Lennon’s song has become a global anthem of peace, unity and the hope of a better tomorrow.
“I am not in the group of people who think that because all of our dreams didn’t come true in the Sixties everything we said or did was invalid,” John Lennon shared during the 1970s, “No, there isn’t any peace in the world despite our efforts, but I still believe the hippie peace-and-love thing was worthwhile.”
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Imagine all the people… —- In life, there are so many things that divide us. Religion, race, politics, social status and many more….But today a global pandemic brings us all together as one. —- Over the next few months our health care system will be tested. Millions of lives will be lost. Health care providers will be under an incredible amount of stress to save thousands of people. But when times are as dark as they are today, nothing shines brighter than the human spirit. —- There is something beautiful about a collective struggle. And the beauty in what we are facing today is that the only way to overcome this pandemic is for us to all come together as one…. —- Nurses, doctors, students, research scientists, politicians, Uber eats drivers, cashiers, factory workers etc…..Getting through this will be hard but one thing is certain…the only way we will get through it is together, as one —- — —- “You might say that I’m a dreamer. But I’m not the only one. I hope some day that you will join us…and the world will live as one….” —- —- —- Full song on IGTV —- —- —- Thankful for my brother @w_a_robinson on the piano — 📸 @kpace1914 — — — Much love to all 7.53 billion people out there, Doctor Elvis —- #covid_19 #healthcareworkers #imagine