“Imagine All the Sheeple…”


The new year heralded a new commotion, what with assorted atheists and Lennoites castigating crooner Cee Lo Green for his end-of-year take on Lennon’s ‘Imagine’.

Cee Lo’s crime? Changing Johnny-boy’s “…and no religion, too” lyric to “…and all religion’s true”: from idyllic irreligion to sloppy syncretism with just two words.

Predictably, the Lennon laity didn’t take kindly to their holy hymn being desecrated in such a fashion; however, they came across as models of restraint compared to the Atheist Army. PZ Myers, for example, came out all guns blazing with his response

It’s only a pop song, but it’s the same sentiment that led the Church to hammer the penises off of classical sculpture; that inspired Islam to blow up Buddhas; that has sects fighting over who owns which piece of rock in Jerusalem; that leads cults to burn books and records. They must pretend that dissent not only does not exist at all, but never existed any where at any time.

Whilst I can see where Myers comes from, it sounds like a lot of ire for such a pathetic palliative; despite Cee Lo being accused of trying to “kiss-up to the religious Right”, I believe him when he says cackhanded communalism, rather than rigid religiosity, motivated his message.

Indeed, with  ‘Imagine’, it really does come down to a case of plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. I mean, when I listen to the lyrics of the original, I envision a crapsaccharine world where all difference, dissent and deviation have been drained out of the gene pool in a collective Care Bear Stare: a monopsychic, if not monotheistic, nightmare.


At bottom, how does Lennon’s “brotherhood of man” differ, in any fundamental way, from Jehovah’s post-apocalyptic Paradise; or, more pressingly, Cee Lo’s syncretic sludge world?

Imagine no revision…

…it’s still the same to me…


About MRDA

The beast shouting "I" at the heart of the world. Alien misanthropologist in a homo sapiens skinsuit. Pass the wine and get out of my sunshine!
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