black woman looking shockedBack in high school, a friend and I had fun writing humorous lyrics for new versions of existing songs. The one that comes to mind right now is “Pump On”, a weight-lifting/bodybuilding variation of the song “Sail On” by the Imperials. Kinda silly, but we had fun exercising our creative muscles. (Our actual muscles, not so much.) In that vein, I have attempted to do something similar (but with a contemporary, political twist) with a very famous, “socially-conscious” (post-)Beatles song. (Oh, it helps to play the tune while reading.)

With apologies to John Lennon…


Imagine there’s no Obama.
It’s easy if you try.
No taking of our guns,
No drones up in the sky.
Imagine all the people
Free to protect themselves…

Imagine laws with solid grounding.
It isn’t hard to do.
Defending marriage, no abortion,
And secured borders, too.
Imagine all the people
Legal and alive…

You may say I’m a dreamer,
But it’s still within our grasp.
I hope someday you’ll join us
And we will take our country back.

Imagine no “progressives”
Building up the welfare state.
Instead, free-market economy
And limited need to regulate.
Imagine all the people
Succeeding on their own…

You may say that it’s impossible
To be safe & prosper once again.
Stay and fight for proven principles.
Sometimes, dreams come true, my friend.

Feel free to pass it along! (As long as you give me credit, of course. Unless you think it sucks and just want to have your friends laugh at me, too. Then, no credit is necessary.)  🙂

By the way, lest you think this an odd song for me to use (given the original lyrics) or are aghast at my corrupting a classic, I think Lennon would get a kick out of it — and probably improve it immensely. As it turns out, he was much more politically conservative in his final years. Rejected atheism, too.

Re-imagine that!


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