Can You Imagine?

by Sumitra

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2020 NPR TINY DESK CONTEST: My first entry! Produced by Alex Machacek. I couldn't have done it without him or my wonderful community of beautiful friends, near and far-flung. You can read more about our project here: and watch the video on my YouTube channel:



© Sumitra Nanjundan 2020

Living in solitude
Can you imagine?
Haven’t seen a person in
A month, a year, a lifetime.

Living in hunger and pain
Can you imagine?
Haven’t seen the sun or the rain
A month, a year, a lifetime.

We throw our hands up in despair
But there’s nothing that we do.
It’s happening so far away,
Can you imagine it happening to you?

Doo doo doo doo doo doo

We ask for more and settle for less,
But we always think we deserve the very best,
Can you imagine?
Take what’s there as long as it’s free
Does the word ‘to give’ exist in your reality?

We’ve read the books, we’ve heard the news,
Do we have a right to choose?
What can we change, where can we win?

Can you imagine, there’s nothing left to lose!

Doo doo doo doo doo doo


released May 15, 2020

Words and Music by Sumitra Nanjundan
Produced by Alex Machacek & Sumitra Nanjundan

Voice and Piano: Sumitra Nanjundan
Bass: Anthony Crawford
Drums/Piano: Alex Machacek

CHOIR (at home together):

Leslie Brenner
Evita Cobo
Anthony Crawford
Kadina De Elejalde
Greg Delson
Bill Forth
Julia Frazer
Ben Goldberg
Lucia Goldberg
Jesse Goldman
Scheila Gonzalez
Susan Maunu
Camillia Monet
Alison Moynihan-Eastman
Suzzette Ortiz
Stacey Richards
Paul Richards
Meredith Salimbeni
Manisha Shahane
Ed Shiers
Michelle Shiers
Gracie Wilkins
Brigitte Bruckner
Betty Semper
Kerstin Doujak
Matthias Lang
Iris Wiesner
Marie-Claire Messinger
Stanley Furtado
Emily Stewart
Himali Upadhya

Special appearances: Jasper and Jenny!


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