He sang, “Nothing to kill or die for, And all religion’s true” instead of the proper lyrics, which are, “Nothing to kill or die for, And no religion too.”
Cee Lo Green performed a soulful version of the songwriter’s classic Imagine, but John Lennon fans are very unhappy with the change and they don’t accept Cee Lo’s reasons for tampering with the song.
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.”
But 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,” one fan Tweeted. “If ‘all religion’s true’ it would be a pretty bleak place,” he asserted and risked upsetting believers of all faiths.
Green also responded directly to other angry Lennon fans on Twitter, but has since deleted all of the tweets as a fire storm descended upon him. That removed all doubt over whether he had meant the lyric change, because prior to that, his supporters were suggesting that he either messed up the line under the pressure of the occasion or that he learned it wrong in the first place.
So yeah, he meant it. What did you think to the new lyrics: were they an improvement or an insult?