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My home internet is down, so it's the public library all week. Thank goodness the stern librarian seems to be off today, or maybe just at lunch. She hits every stereotype square on the head like a good union carpenter with a nail.
Today I'm wondering what John Lennon and Bob Marley would look like if they were alive today. I guess both would be in their sixties. And it boggles my mind that there are grown human beings out there, soldiers and parents, college graduates with master's degrees, who were born after they died.
I think John would be thin and craggy, thin gray hair, but still wearing those round sunglasses and the slouchy clothes. Whether or not he'd still be with Yoko is immaterial to the purpose of this post.
Bob would be gray, very thin still, and living in Ethiopia. (That's where his spirit is, after all. He's with Ja. You go, Bob!)
Why this idle line of thinking? It was sparked by the National Review's Top Ten Conservative Rock Songs of All Time.
Whose bright idea was this?
I ask because two songs written by John Lennon made the list: "Revolution" (original version, not Number 9) and "Tax Man."
Okay, folks, I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm hoping that this bold Conservative assertion sparks a new interest in John Lennon's music. Perhaps a "Greatest Hits" CD with a picture of him and Yoko naked in bed protesting the Vietnam War as its cover art.
Ah, yes. John Lennon, rocker of the Far Right. He's imagining there's no heaven, no hell below us, no religion too. All the people, living for today. No country to live or die for.
Imagine all the people, living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer, but I do hope John was an atheist. Otherwise he's gnashing his teeth in some heaven somewhere, threatening to come back as an American Gandhi.
And while we're on the subject of Conservative rock, how egregious that they missed Bob Marley!
"Get up, stand up
Stand up for The Right..."
Do I have that correct?
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