Cee-Lo Butchers John Lennon's Imagine While I Wire and Mario Kart

partyWhat year is it? I've been on a steady diet of The Wire and Wii Mario Kart and am just now coming up for air.

I hear Cee-Lo performed John Lennon's Imagine just before midnight on TV last night. I also hear he changed a lyric. Here's what he sang:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And all religion is true
Imagine all the people living life in peace

That sort of changes things, doesn't it? I mean, what's the point?

For shame... Happy New Year, all.

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What a douche.

For dorks like me who had to look up the original:

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

January 1, 2012 @ 8:40 PM


NEVER EVER change these lyrics.

Should be a SONG for the WORLD.

January 1, 2012 @ 8:56 PM

Ajax Mike

I once heard a gospel-style version of the song, which was really well done. Except the line in question was changed to "And ONE religion too". That's even worse than the Cee-Lo version above (in my opinion), since he's okay with Islam, Buddism and Pastafarianism existing side by side.

January 1, 2012 @ 10:04 PM


Couldn't care less. I truly hate this song, even in it's original form. Something about a millionaire sitting in his luxury condo overlooking Central Park writing about "imagining" no possessions really sticks in my craw. I guess as long as you're only imagining, it's okay, hey John? I've never understood the appeal of this simplistic nonsense, and it bugs me that this is the one that gets labelled Lennon's masterpiece.

January 2, 2012 @ 8:46 AM


What A Tool.. The song is anti Religion and that's the why it needs to stay, as unrealistic as
it is - thats the way it written and belongs to stay.

Its like taking a gospel song and changing a line and trying to make it anti-god.. Just doesn't work.

January 2, 2012 @ 10:14 AM


I do believe in an afterlife, though I'm not entirely sure if it's a heaven and hell as advertised.

My annoyance with the song is the reference to possessions (as stated by Corey above) and countries. We live in a damn good country overall, but we can barely sort out our own economic and social problems. We don't need issues from elsewhere heaped upon us as well. It's bad enough as it is with our "small world" syndrome, where every little blip thousands of miles away buggers the home economy.

Nope, never liked that song either.

January 2, 2012 @ 2:01 PM


It takes a special kind of myopia to find fault with a song envisioning a utopia where everyone gets along because it would be difficult to achieve under our current economic model.

January 2, 2012 @ 5:05 PM


It just shows he doesn't have a fucking clue (apart from destroying a song).

All religion is full of shit. All genital mutilations (on boys AND girls) are carried out by the religious community. I can't think of any case of a non-religious person carrying out a suicide bomb. And the bible gives advice on how to keep slaves.

Shower of sanctimonious hypocrites ALL of them.

January 2, 2012 @ 7:27 PM


What makes me LAUGH OUT LOUD is when someone like Stephen Harper sits there and sings this song.. Does he not take a second and realize what he is singing about?

He's a tool too..

January 2, 2012 @ 8:33 PM


@dlauthor 17.05

Hey, it would be great if the world could get along, because obviously we do not have the respect and tolerence needed to accomplish such a feat. But it's hardly myopic to look at waste, starvation, suffering, and poverty and not want it further thrust upon oneself.

Holding hands and singing Kumbaya might help the former, but it sure as heck won't fix the latter.

January 2, 2012 @ 9:42 PM


That was my reply directly above. Forgot to hit the name field...

January 2, 2012 @ 9:43 PM


Ceel-Lo is a douchebag. Let's move on.

January 2, 2012 @ 11:18 PM


I actually took the time to read about this a little, like some of the knee-jerk reactionary's here have done. Seems Cee-Lo wasn't defending religion - what he was promoting was the idea that everyone could be free to express their own ideas. After all, if all religion were accepted as "true" no one would be right or wrong, and all would be accepted. Doesn't seem that far off from Lennon's own philosophy after all, does it?

January 3, 2012 @ 6:32 PM


EDIT TO ABOVE: "...like some of the knee-jerk reactionary's here SHOULD have done."

January 3, 2012 @ 6:33 PM


Everyone is free to express their own ideas? Even if it hurt others?

January 4, 2012 @ 12:57 PM

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