Jan 2, 2012
‘The Voice’ judge changed lyrics to classic song, ‘Imagine ,’ for New Year’s Eve performance, sparking Twitter anger.
Imagine if Cee Lo Green hadn’t tinkered with the lyrics to John Lennon’s classic “Imagine.”
He probably wouldn’t be catching heat Monday from outraged Lennon fans.
Green got into hot water for his rendition of the classic ballad he performed on NBC’s New Year’s Eve broadcast from Times Squre.
Instead of singing “nothing to kill or die for/ and no religion too” as Lennon wrote, Green changed the lyrics to “nothing to kill or die for/ and all religion’s true.”
Furious Lennon fans unleashed a torrent of angry Tweets.
"The whole point of that lyric is that religion causes harm," tweeted one fan with the handle @geekysteven. "If 'all religion's true' it would be a pretty bleak place."
Green, 37, who rocketed to fame in 2010 thanks to a hit song with an unprintable name (it’s radio-friendly version is “Forget You”) fired back at his critics.
“Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys!” he tweeted. “I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that's all.”
Green also exchanged Tweets with other angry Lennon fans but has since deleted them.
Lennon had no use for organized religion and infuriated millions in 1966, when The Beatles were at the height of their popularity, after he predicted Christianity would “vanish and shrink” and added, “We’re more popular than Jesus now.”