Hi! Yes, the reasons. Well, I'll just take "somebody to love" as an example.
In terms of music, it's much more rich and beautiful than Imagine, I guess.
In terms of lyrics, it's much more mature, it's not that kind of childish utopian thing.
Why I love the lyrics? Because...I related to them, a lot!
First: I'm a religious person and conflicts about my faith and so on always happen, and he describes it so beautifully and poetically in the song.
Second: The gospel background which is magnificient.
Third: The individual, everyday struggle of every one of us to make our living and realize our wishes despite ALL ODDS - the proud of getting back home with your hard-earned pay money, working till one aches one's bones (I think most of us here! It can be until "I ache my mind, my spirit", bone here means both physical exhaustion and is also a beautiful metaphor for our mind or soul or whatever is essential in us).
Fourth: The odds. I have been suffering from cognitive problems since childhood (it's a brain related illness). So, when he talks about "water in the brain", "having no common sense", I've been through all that, and that moves me to the...BONES. The bones again symbolizing our whole self.
Fifth: Although feeling the defeat, having feelings of inferiority and low self-steeem (I got no feel, I go no rythm...), it talks about our disposition to never, NEVER GIVE UP (I ain't gonna face no defeat!)
Six: It talks about a different kind of liberty. Not of a political kind, but one's freedom from his own demons - SOMEDAY I'M GONNA BE FREE, LORD!
So, I think this is one of the most moving lyrics I have ever heard in popular music, no doubt, and the way he sings it sends chill down my spines everytime I listen to it.
And it doesn't talk about utopies, political dreams or ambitions, it talks about us, our everyday struggles, our everyday life.
I think it ROCKS and puts Lennon "back in his place".
We will rock you! lol
Of course, kidding about the last part, I have huge respect for Beatles and Lennon's fans, it's just that...I think Freddie's lyrics and compositions are better.
Just my most stupid humble insignificant despicable absurd ignorant opinion, though.
THANKS FOR THE GREAT THREAD.