Song Challenge Day 24: Anger

“A song that makes you angry”

There are songs that are about things that make me angry, but there isn’t one that’s standing out. Instead, let’s go with a particular cover that made me angry: Cee Lo Green’s version of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.

First, here is the song as it should be:

(uploaded by Rasty Adem)

Now here’s what Cee Lo sang in 2012:

(uploaded by FullMountain)

He changed the line “Nothing to kill or die for / and no religion too” to “Nothing to kill or die for / and all religion’s true”.

(Note: this is not a parody song or a complete reimagining. He was singing the song and changed one line.)

Changing a line in a song to what’s basically the opposite is kind of a bad idea regardless of the details.

In this case, I think it’s fairly clear that, thematically, the original line fits in with the rest of the song (imagining a world without the things that divide people), while the changed line just comes across as a non sequitor.

It also fails to make sense in other ways. I can’t think of a motivation for the change that the result is consistent with. “All religion is true” is, in fact, actually farther from what most religions believe than “religion is divisive”.

“All religion is true” is also a blatant absurdity, since many religions directly contradict each other, and more than one explicitly claims to be the “one truth”. It’s a statement I would associate with anti-intellectual attitudes such as “not really caring” whether one’s own beliefs are true or not.

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