Lou Reed - The Day John Kennedy Died Lyrics

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 went 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 horn
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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  1. Andrew Jackson

    I remember the day Elvis died but not JFK

  2. yaknbo

    This song stinks.

  3. Keith Baker

    How could you believe that Oswald killed him if you see the footage you can see the bullet coming from the front why didn't Oliver stone use this song for the film

    Bruce Game

    go back and watch the film in slow motion its clear it came from the back and all the forensic science points to the a bullet from the back and there is nway it came from the front or the side impossible check it out

    Bruce Game

    if he was shot in the face the back of his head would have exploded not the front a bullet makes a small hole as it enters and explodes as it leaves that physics Oswald killed kennedy there's no evidence to the contrary

  4. szs voc

    u get less time for stealing a car


    songs for drella. fantastic how intelligent comments don't get likes.

  5. Billy Sedlmayr

    R.I.P. Lou,i don't think you had much out here...

  6. Radioff Voices NoysyVision&NaClO

    And notice that dissonant chord that we can hear every now and then that gives a feeling of instability and uncertainty

  7. Radioff Voices NoysyVision&NaClO

    Not to forget the bass playing...who play bass on this?

    Fernando Saunders

    Fernando Saunders playing Bass and Backing Vocals ;)

  8. Radioff Voices NoysyVision&NaClO

    Notice how it accelerates suddenly when he says "i run out in the street"... It sounds not right from a metrical point of view cause it is not perfectly plain but i think thats because the point was to give the idea of concitation of the hurry of going out of the bar. You all see that a beautiful part of lou art is hidden in details...a distract hear wont notice it but a dedicated one will. I remember a video of " dirty blvd" where some footage was shown and reed said something that is undeniably true as you can see: "for my music i try to have lyrics that can stand alone from the music" ahah so true

  9. Radioff Voices NoysyVision&NaClO

    ....no words...despite who downvoted this, ok,i dont care even if i wonder how it is possible to put dislike to this. Anyway this song, as well as the entire album it is a masterpiece, no way, a masterpiece of music and lyrics. Guitar is just wonderful in every aspect, the drum...oh my god expecially in this song...no words...that ride that begins in the intro in triplets and sustain the whole song...really i stop here because it is enough. I am italian and i love lou reed so much, since i discovered him, he soon became my top artist, someone that speaks to me on another level. Such art all delivered at the same time, perfection

    Keith Baker

    Thank you so much for your comments I agree

  10. Sean Beverly

    What a boring song! Sheesh. This boring asshole tried too hard to be the poor man's Billy Joel.

    hugo ache

    It's to bad for you. You have to be a very boring dud too.

  11. gnrforever2

    These are probably the most brilliant lyrics in the history or rock n' roll. Sui generis - no one could write this but Lou.

  12. Orange-Cat-Bad

     ( -_・)  ︻╦╤─ ※・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・*        c( ゚,_ゝ゚)?
    Perhaps there was a CIA Guy located in the curb-side sewer drain with a RemingtonXP-100. He could have had with him a few of these pre-loaded long-barrel pistols. In fact, someone reported on seeing a man with a rifle down by the river where the sewer lets out. This is another plausible theory, look it up.  

  13. organaphus

    50 years ago today

  14. Andrew Caddell

    My cover of this incredible song. Hope you enjoy. RIP Sweet Lou. My cover of "The day John Kennedy died" by Lou Reed

  15. Andrew Caddell

    I dreamed that I forgot the day Lou Reed died.

  16. Dan Goldstein

    I agree with you 100%, and we Americans have really experienced a tremendous loss with Lou's passing. What I loved about Lou Reed is this: He wrote and performed songs about things that MATTER. He got angry about social injustice. He cared.

  17. Dan Goldstein

    Thanks for this testimonial in particular, Lou. I was only a baby at the time - but I can certainly imagine the trauma to this nation on Nov. 22, 1963. I will never, EVER believe that the self-procalimed patsy Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone. There are simply too many unbelievable aspects to the "Lone Nut theory." But I digress. What's most important is what America lost that awful day. Even JFK's "enemy" Fidel Castro, interviewed in Havana 11/22/63, declared the killing a negative development.

  18. stevedet

    This is a personal testimonial of a tragic event in verse. Its an incredibly written song.

  19. rosalyre

    Santorum makes all thinking people vomit.

  20. rosalyre

    The fact that this was written when Reagan was president gives it that extra zing.

  21. Jonathan Mark

    man great song.. will be sharing with my friend working on a trailer for the book by Peter Janney, "Mary's Mosaic - The C.I.A. Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace." I will post a video response trailer on a film compilation I produced called Dark Legacy - JFK and 9-11, in the trailer there's music by a friend, John Heartson, "The Sounds of Angels Crying."

    Bruce Game

    the conspiracy was all oswalds there is no evidence to the contrary

  22. Hister333

    Does this song make Santorum vomit?