January 02, 2012 12:30 PM by Amelia Cooper
Cee Lo Green isn’t earning any new John Lennon fans with his rendition of one of John Lennon’s most famous songs, “Imagine.” Green, a judge on NBC’s The Voice, sang the song on NBC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Square. However, Cee Lo Green took a little artistic license with the lyrics that had fans tweeting their outrage.
Cee Lo Green changed the lyrics while singing to millions of fans both in Times Square and on national television. The original “Imagine” includes the lyrics, ”nothing to kill or die for / and no religion too”, but Cee Lo sang, “nothing to kill or die for / and all religion’s true.” According to angry fans who immediately started tweeting their displeasure, Cee Lo changed the entire meaning of the song with that one change.
One tweet pointed out, “”The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm.” Certainly, Cee Lo Green’s lyrical changes do seem to switch the whole meaning of the song, taking it from being about no religion to being about all religions. And while John Lennon isn’t here to share with us what he meant when he wrote the song, it’s generally accepted that he felt that religion had caused harm throughout the world, and the world would be more peaceful without it.
Cee Lo Green responded with his own tweets, varying from apologetic, “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” to angry, “ F*** religion its about faith.” However, he later deleted all the tweets pertaining to his New Year’s Eve performance.
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