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April 25, 2007

Reflections on ’American Idol’

What kind of culture have we created where we can lump "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Imagine" together under "Songs of Inspiration"? I understand allowing for different viewpoints and all, but when the ideas behind the two songs are directly opposed, doesn't it seem a bit goofy to hail both as classic inspirational anthems within a few minutes of each other? (Of course, Idol wouldn't be Idol if it weren't goofy in some way . . . ) 

Honestly, does anyone ever even listen to the lyrics of "Imagine"? By the time you've gone from no afterlife and no God to nothing worth dying for and one-world government, you're so darned uplifted you feel like flinging yourself off the nearest cliff.

Well, at least one person has actually listened. Mark Steyn (who else?) did the ultimate takedown of "Imagine" here.

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Ed

"Honestly, does anyone ever even listen to the lyrics of "Imagine"? By the time you've gone from no afterlife and no God to nothing worth dying for and one-world government, you're so darned uplifted you feel like flinging yourself off the nearest cliff."

Sigged.

Randy

Thank you for articulating my thoughts exactly. I watched the show and was a little dumbfounded that the two songs were side by side. What a stark contrast.

Even before meeting Christ I thought Imagine was a depressing song.

L

I agree. It was quite shocking to hear "Imagine" as an inspirational song. However, I did enjoy Melinda Doolittle's performance of Faith Hill's song "There Will Come a Day". In my opinion, this was the only "inspirational" performance and song combination of the night.

LYRICS
It's not easy trying to understand
How the world can be so cold, stealing the souls of man
Cloudy skies rain down on all your dreams
You wrestle with the fear and doubt
Sometimes it's hard but you gotta believe

Chorus:
There's a better place, where our Father waits
And every tear He'll wipe away
The darkness will be gone,the weak shall be strong
Hold on to your faith

There will come a day, there will come a day
Wars are raging, lives are scattered
Innocence is lost, and hopes are shattered
The old are forgotten, the children are forsaken
In this world we're living in
Is there anything sacred?

There will come a day, there will come a day
The song will ring out, down those golden streets
The voices of earth with the angels will sing
Every knee will bow, sin will have no trace
In the glory of His amazing grace
Every knee will bow, sin will have no trace
In the glory of His amazing grace
There will come a day, there will come a day

taj

My wife and I had this conversation last New Years when we heard the song playing in the background during the coverage at Times Square. Are you sure that's what it means? she asked. Well, she really listened to the lyrics for the first time last night. "I never knew," she said afterward.

Diane Singer

L, Thanks for posting the lyrics to the song Melinda sang. Each week, I can't wait to hear her perform, but this song was particularly special. As far as "Imagine" goes, I automatically mute the TV or turn the channel when it comes on. It's not just depressing, it's EVIL.

Stacey

Yah, I was frustrated too; it is a very depressing song. In my opinion, he's describing hell, an eternity away from everything that's good. It's just twisted, and its amazing how the big red flag goes up and the Holy Spirit says, "NO". I am so far from understanding how a life without meaning and purpose is supposed to be something to "dream" about! More like a nightmare. Thank You God, for guiding us into the light of Truth!

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