If you were watching Carson Daly’s New Year’s Eve show, you no doubt watched performances by the likes of Drake, the Roots, and Cee-Lo Green. It was Green who took the stage several minutes before the ball dropped for a stirring rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine.” While it would be shortsighted to hate on Green’s vocal approach, some Lennon fans weren’t too happy about the lyric change that occurred.
Rather than singing “Nothing to kill or die for/ And no religion too,” Green crooned “Nothing to kill or die for/ And all religion’s true.” This didn’t sit well with the Lennon faithful who took to Twitter to vent their frustrations with quips like, “I’d change some of the words in a @CeeLoGreen song, but that could only make it better.”
Green responded in kind with the following tweet that has since been deleted:
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.
While that makes sense and all, he did kind of completely change Lennon’s concept in that particular line. But, really, is this that big of a deal? You can watch the performance below. [RR]