Cee Lo Green’s Lyric Change To “Imagine” Sparks Outrage With John Lennon Fans

If you happened to catch the final artist performance during NBC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast, then you may have noticed that something was a bit off during singer [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Cee Lo Green[/lastfm]’s performance of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm]’s classic tune “Imagine.”

As the minutes counted down to midnight, Cee Lo closed the evening with a controversial cover of the song by changing a line of the from “Nothing to kill or die for/and no religion too” into “Nothing to kill or die for/and all religion is true” that has Lennon fans upset.

Immediately after The Voice judge’s  performance, Lennon fans took to Twitter to call out his alteration with many considering it sacrilege to change the original lyrics.

One fan by the name @geekysteven tweeted, “The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm. If ‘all religion’s true’ it would be a pretty bleak place.”

But Cee Lo isn’t about to apologize for his performance anytime soon, and at first responded to angry fans on Twitter by saying, “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 later changed his mind and deleted his response and replaced it with “Happy new year everyone!!! Now playing: we just disagree [by] dave mason.”

Jump to minute 3:55 in the video below to his performance of “Imagine” and tell us if you liked or disliked his alteration to the song.

[Source: RS]
  • RainbowRay

    I think people should lighten up about the song “Imagine”. It is not “sacriligious” to change the words of a song (he liked it, he put his words in it and I don’t think John would have minded).

    I never really knew what the last line “Nothing to kill or die for’and no religion too) meant, but to me they’re just words, plain and simple (nothing else). I love the tune, I think of my darling FIona every time I hear the song and I’ve sent the song online to her to show her I am thinking about her (nothing wrong with that). It’s a great song, not a religious a hymn! I think everybody should just lighten up about that!

    HAPPY 2012 EVERYONE! (I Still keep BELIEVING in MIRACLES because Fiona honey, You AREMY MIRACLE!). By the way sweetheart, I did go to the TWO special places, thought and dreamed of you and i being together in Memphis soon, my prosposing to ou soon and then marrying you in 355 days (even said a little prayer each time).

    In the new year–be resolved, get involved!

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