Cee-Lo Changes The Lyrics of “Imagine” at New Year’s Eve Performance
[lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cee-Lo Green[/lastfm] caused some controversy during his performance at Times Square on New Year’s Eve. The singer changed one of the song’s lyrics for his live rendition, replacing John Lennon’s line “Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too“ with his new line “Nothing to kill or die for, and all religion’s true.”
Now 2012 starts off with its first heated internet debate, as supporters and detractors spent the weekend up in arms about Cee-Lo’s latest musical edit…
While backlash against and defense of the change was virtually instantaneous, Cee-Lo went to his Twitter account to explain, saying (in a post that was later taken down) “Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all.”
Of course, lyric changes are nothing new for Green, whose breakout hit single last year was changed from it’s original title “F— You” to the more radio-friendly “Forget You.” But while the radio hit was his own song to censor as he saw fit, it seems like a whole other beast to change the lyrics and meaning of someone else’s song.
Even more ripples arose as the singer belted out Lennon’s original lyrics, including lines like “no need for greed,” and “imagine no possessions,” while wearing a full-length fur coat and lots of jewelry.
So what do you think– was the lyric change by censor-friendly Cee-Lo a tacky move worth getting up in arms about, or is it just silly to get bent out of shape over a pop song? Let us know what YOU think in the comments below!