“Imagine” Revised

A few minutes ago, the sacred ball dropped at Times Square, carrying the New Year revelers, assembled there at the center of the universe, back into primordial time and thus renewing creation. The king of the city presided at the rite, of course, although the actual officiant was his temporary consort, the high priestess Lady Gaga, masked to conceal her profane identity on this ceremonial occasion.

As part of the accompanying liturgy, Cee  Lo Green sang John Lennon’s hymn “Imagine.” I noticed a change to the lyrics, particularly pertinent to this blog.

The original lyrics:

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too . . .

Green sang that last line as:

And all religions true . . .

Green still wanted us to imagine there’s no heaven, though. So while all religions are true, their truth is apparently of a this-worldly, not other-worldly, variety.

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