Sunday, January 1, 2012

Cee Lo Green Changes ‘Imagine’ Lyrics during New Years Eve show

... and in doing so, has pissed off everybody.

From Yahoo News:

R&B singer Cee Lo Green prompted a rush of anger for his New Year‘s Eve performance of John Lennon’s “Imagine” in which he swapped the lyrics “no religion too” to “all religions true.”

Green performed the famous ballad shortly before the ball dropped in New York’s Times Square. It was broadcast during NBC‘s New Year’s Eve special and CNN carried a portion of it as well.

The full line Green changed was: “Nothing to kill or die for, And all religions true,” prompting a flurry of angry reactions from atheists and Lennon fans alike on Twitter.

According to the Huffington Post, Green himself took to the site to defend his performance and responded to several profanity-laced messages. All of Green’s tweets were deleted from his account Sunday morning.

“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,” Green wrote in one now-deleted message.

That didn’t stopped the barrage of outraged tweets, many of which accused Green of committing “blasphemy” by altering Lennon’s song.
More about the incident:

Cee Lo Green changes lyrics to Lennon's Imagine to include pro-religion message enraging fans (UK-Daily Mail)

Fans angry that Cee Lo changed 'Imagine' lyrics (MSNBC)

Cee Lo Green Changes 'Imagine' Lyrics To 'All Religions' From John Lennon's 'No Religion' During New Year's Eve Show (Huffington Post)

Song lyrics are changed all the time and few people seem to care. I am startled (and pleased) that this lyrical-alteration has garnered so much attention.

And I hope everyone else had a Happy New Year!

5 comments:

Marshall Stacks said...

I have not taken any notice of C Lo up to this point. A pox on him for implying that the legend that is Lennon, is not good enough for him to sing. He simply should have chosen some other less political song

Happy New Year to you dear Daisy D-H

shadocat said...

I guess it's okay to write a song entitled "Fuck You", but to imagine no religion is in bad taste.

Happy New Year to you and yours, Ms. Daisy D.

West said...

...all the whiney people...

Ann O'Dyne said...

I second the comment by ShadoCat.

C Low needs a friend to explain that
HYPOCRISY is just the pits man.

Consiglieri said...

I LOVE it...it's "sacrilege" to change the lyrics in a song asking you to imagine a world without religion! That's just too much the definition of Irony. I think it's a shame he opted to change the lyrics, but come on...singers change lyrics all the time. Woody Guthrie reworked his lyrics so often that there is no doubt that there are hundreds of verses of "This Land is Your Land", "Union Maid", "Doe Ray Me" and others that we still don't have in a book yet.

The way I see it is, he screwed himself. John won't know or care, and if Yoko or Paul care they can buy a freaking bill board and complain. How's that for contrarian? *Smile*