Keene Pumpkin Festival 2018 adopts song. Well we all shine on -John Lennon

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These John Lennon jack-o’-lanterns were found online, artists unknown… but awesome.

Instant Karma (We All Shine On)
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
On and on and on on and on
Well we all shine on*

John Lennon’s words capture the spirit of Pumpkin Festival 2018. From “Well we all shine on,” which encourages us to regroup, work together and shine,” to “It’s up to you, yeah you.”

Keene Pumpkin Festival has an anthem that has been in the background of our festival since November of 2010: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” The anthem speaks for each individual’s light–their creation which they share with all. And it speaks for Keene, NH, a small city in the corner of a small state, with much to offer. For nearly 30 years, Keene Pumpkin Festival has been a light, a beacon, drawing people’s imaginations to a creative area. Keene’s light shines on.

Thank you to the pumpkin carvers who created the John Lennon jack-o’-lanterns in these images. These were found online and their designers are not known to us. But they show us how cool a John Lennon pumpkin can be. So many ways to express John’s spirit in a pumpkin. We hope he would be flattered. His iconic eyeglasses, his hair, his look. Carved in a pumpkin! How beautiful. How fun. Looking ahead to the festival, we’re hoping to see other interpretations, other expressions of John’s visions…. Who knows what inspirational art will turn up on Sunday, October 28. Maybe young children aren’t familiar with John Lennon, his music or his messages for peace. Maybe they could be! “Imagine all the people….” “Well we all shine on.” Thank you John Lennon and thank you pumpkin lovers everywhere, particularly the ones who carved these John jacks.

Instant Karma (We All Shine On)

Instant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon you’re gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin’ to do
It’s up to you, yeah you
Instant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna look you right in the face
Better get yourself together darlin’
Join the human race
How in the world you gonna see
Laughin’ at fools like me
Who in the hell d’you think you are
A super star
Well, right you are
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Ev’ryone come on
Instant Karma’s gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Ev’ryone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When you’re ev’rywhere
Come and get your share
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Come on and on and on on on
Yeah yeah, alright, uh huh, ah
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
On and on and on on and on
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
*Songwriters: John Lennon
Instant Karma (We All Shine On) lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing
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