You’ve probably already heard about the Cee Lo Green thing, where he sang the John Lennon song “Imagine” and changed the line about “And no religion, too” to “And all religion’s true.”
I was going to blog about it… but my friend Rebecca, founder of the Grief Beyond Belief support network, posted on Facebook and said pretty much exactly what I was going to say. So I’m just going to quote her and let this be a guest post. (For the record: I don’t actually care that much about the whole “changing the lyrics” thing. I couldn’t be a Weird Al Yankovic fan if I did. I don’t think song lyrics are sacrosanct: people tinker with them all the time, it’s part of how music evolves. I’m just irritated/ entertained by the particular content of this particular tinkering.)
I appreciate that non-believers and John Lennon fans worldwide are pissed at Cee Lo Green for changing the lyrics of Imagine, when he played it last night, to “And all religion’s true.” I am appalled.
But I am also amused by trying to literally interpret that statement.
All religion? So we’ve got Heaven and Hell and Hades and reincarnation and Valhalla and whatever weird sh*t the Mormons and Scientologists believe ALL existing. And we have everyone from Kali to Loki to Eris messing around. And Jesus is the Messiah and son of God (Christianity) and NOT-the-Messiah and NOT-son of God (Judaism), and sort of the Messiah-but-not-son-of-God (Islam).
Wow, Cee Lo, you imagined a messy world! Good thing the whole idea is ridiculous.