Cee Lo Green Outrages John Lennon Fans By Changing Lyrics to 'Imagine'
Performed on New Year's Evebroadcast from Times Square
By MATTHEW PERPETUA
JANUARY 2, 2012 rolling Stone online
|Cee Lo Green performs during New Year's Eve in Times Square in New York City|
Cee Lo Green upset John Lennon fans on Saturday night by performing a soulful version of the songwriter's classic "Imagine" with the lyrics changed from "nothing to kill or die for / and no religion too" to "nothing to kill or die for / and all religion's true." According to some fans, Green changed the meaning of the song by switching out the line. "The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm," tweeted someone with the handle@geekysteven. "If 'all religion's true' it would be a pretty bleak place."
Green, who sang the song on NBC's New Year's Eve broadcast from Times Square, responded to criticism about the alteration by tweeting "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." He responded directly to other angry Lennon fans on Twitter, but has since deleted all of the tweets.