"The Day John Kennedy Died" as written by and Lou Reed....
I dreamed I was the president of these united states
I dreamed I replaced ignorance, stupidity and hate
I dreamed the perfect union and a perfect law, undenied
And most of all I dreamed I forgot the day John Kennedy died

I dreamed that I could do the job that others hadn't done
I dreamed that I was uncorrupt and fair to everyone
I dreamed I wasn't gross or base, a criminal on the take
And most of all I dreamed I forgot the day John Kennedy died

Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died

I remember where I was that day, I was upstate in a bar
The team from the university was playing football on tv
Then the screen want dead and the announcer said,
There's been a tragedy
There's are unconfirmed reports the president's been shot
And he may be dead or dying

Talking stopped, someone shouted, what
I ran out to the street
People were gathered everywhere saying
Did you hear what they said on TV
And then a guy in a porsche with his radio hit his born
And told us the news
He said, the president's dead, he was shot twice in the head
In Dallas, and they don't know by whom

I dreamed I was the president of these United States
I dreamed I was young and smart and it was not a waste
I dreamed that there was a point to life and to the human race
I dreamed that I could somehow comprehend that someone
Shot him in the face

Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died
Oh, the day John Kennedy died


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"The Day John Kennedy Died" as written by Lou Reed

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    General CommentSelf-explanatory, sure, but the way it's told is magnificent. The way it progresses very subtly from the dream of a perfect world to the realization that it WAS just a dream, the way the reports go from "the president's been shot and may be dead" to "someone shot him in the FACE". This is Lou the prose lyricist at his best, proving once again that "cynic" is just what you call the biggest romantics after they've had their illusions taken from them.
    beer goodon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentpretty self explanatory
    lou_reedon February 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInteresting that this song came out in 1982, just a year after the assassination attempt on Reagan. Of course one could hate Reagan's politics and still not want him to be murdered - and the shooting probably triggered memories of Kennedy's death for a lot of people.
    rosalyreon April 28, 2014   Link

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