Lyrics to a song are born out of an artist’s deepest thoughts and hopes. But not all listeners are willing to sing along, especially when the words contradict their own point of view.
Now a symbol of liberal flourishment, these two songs weren’t easily accepted at the time of their release. Compared to the many provocative songs of the 21st century, it’s hard to imagine they were ever viewed as offensive.
Maybe one of the most harmless songs ever written, “Imagine” by John Lennon, speaks of a better, more humane world. A world where superficial differences between people like religion or where you grew up slowly lose their significance, making it easier to connect. So how could this song be offensive to anyone?
Apparently, imagining a world with no religion was too much for church schools that felt like John’s words might lure kids into atheism. It was banned from funerals as well. Now that might make a little more sense, denying heaven in front of the deceased could be a bit tactless.
Loretta Lynn spoke out for a lot of women when she came out with her controversial song, “The Pill.” An ode to feminine freedom and personal choice, this song wasn’t such a hit amongst anti-abortion crowds.
When it came out in 1975, numerous radio stations across the U.S. refused to play this scandalous song. But despite – or maybe because of – all the uproar, it ended up being one of Loretta’s famous songs.