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Cee Lo Green Explains Lyric Change, Defended by The Voice Judge Adam Levine

January 10, 2012 01:00 PM by Ashley Lee

When Cee Lo Green changed the lyrics of John Lennon’s song “Imagine” during his New Year’s Eve performance, fans reacted with anger and bashed the singer for altering the song. The Voice judge is not exactly apologizing for doing so; instead he’s explaining himself and is also backed by fellow judge Adam Levine. Read on for what he’s saying about switching “and no religion too” to “and all religion’s true” on NYE!

Cee Lo Green lashed out on Twitter in reaction to angry fans. However, he later deleted all tweets that had anything to do with the performance, and is now standing by his switch.

“I will say that it’s all about love,” he said. “It was all done out of love and out of peace and unity and tolerance and acceptance and all those many wonderful things that seem cliche and a little bit cheesy. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.”

“You got that one right,” said Adam Levine.

“I believe that we’re just advocates of individuality, you know what I’m saying,” Cee Lo continued. “I’m pro choice. I’m pro expression. You know, that’s just me. And I meant no harm and no disrespect to anyone [of] any religious preference.

Levine added: “We all worship John Lennon. He would have said the same thing — ‘It’s only a song,’ you know. But you put your spin on it, and that’s what you did.”

Adam Levine has used Twitter in the past to take a stand as well, and commented on the unique social media platform.

“Sometimes we say stupid s–t, and it goes out on Twitter for millions to see,” Levine said. “People make mistakes because they’re human, and we all make them all the time, sometimes more publicly than others…but, you know, whatever. Life goes on. You can’t worry too much about it, right?”

What do you think about Cee Lo’s rewrite of John Lennon’s song? Do you agree with his explanation?

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