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Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby I am the Paulrus » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:38 pm

Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics to include pro-religion message enraging fans

Monday, January 2, 2012

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2081011/Cee-Lo-Green-changes-lyrics-Lennons-Imagine-include-pro-religion-message-enraging-fans.html

New Years Eve performer Cee Lo Green dropped a bomb on John Lennon fans Saturday night after changing lyrics to his song Imagine while on live television.
The last words of lyrics 'Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too,' by the late Lennon were changed to 'And all religion's true' by the hip-hop artist who sang in New York's Times Square.

Broadcast before 2.304 million viewers of NBC's New Year's Eve with Carson Daly right before the ball dropped, Mr Green's change didn't go unnoticed and attracted immediate criticism.

Mr Green swatted off those critical responses left and right on Twitter following, in sometimes similarly obscene rebuttals, but by late Sunday morning he had removed all of the postings.

'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,' Mr Green was seen as explaining in a tweet.

'People need to respect the very man that you're trying to honor by playing his song,' New York musician Gary Heimbauer vented in a YouTube video 20 minutes after seeing the performance.

'You just changed his lyrics and completely reinvented the meaning of the song. That's just one of the most arrogant things I've ever seen, especially to do when the whole world is watching on New Year's Eve and John Lennon was just such an important person to New York City.

'That was just horrible and I hope that there is some more outrage to that and not just my own,' Mr Heimbauer said.
In agreement, a forum on Reddit mentioning the lyrics change collected 1,150 comments by Sunday afternoon, most of them in heated agreement.

One viewer originally came to Mr Green's defense explaining, 'You know, after watching the video of the performance, it's possible that he either f--ked up the line on the spot, or that he learned the tune incorrectly,' Reddit user Chrispdx wrote.

'I don't think this is some kind of 'powerful statement regarding God and Religion', I think he just f--ked up the lyrics because he didn't grow up with the song...' he concluded.
Several other Reddit users mentioned other artists changing Lennon's lyrics in the past too.
Moments after his post, Chrispdx's updated his response, however:

'Edit: read his tweet, he meant it, f--k that guy.'

See the video of it here:
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby I am the Paulrus » Mon Jan 02, 2012 2:40 pm

He should have sang "Imagine" the way it was written and intended to be performed. If he was going to prematurely change those lyrics, he should have sought Yoko Ono's permission, first! Who knows if she would have granted him permission or not? No matter what the outcome would have been, it still would draw the outrage of fans as it is now. I respect freedom of speech,but, there is a time and a place to do it. Cee Lo for messing up a beautiful and revered song as "Imagine" is the equivalent of forgetting the words or changing the words of the Nation Anthem. You screwed up big time! Cee Lo, you have just sunken to a new LOw!
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby 2 of 3 » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:30 pm

I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that's all,' Mr Green was seen as explaining in a tweet.


I guess he doesn't really understand the song then..because that is the message in the first place.
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby bonovox66 » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:09 pm

In the video it does almost sound like he just doesn't know the words. Not to defend him it was a mistake but I wonder if the guy just didn't know what that line was. He did sing the "no hell below us above us only sky" line correctly which would contradict the part he messed up.
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby chris » Wed Jan 04, 2012 7:57 pm

bono i think you have it spot on. no one takes the time to learn the lyrics anymore.

a year or two ago there was a rock and roll hall of fame 25th anniversary concert. there was an amazing collection of artists. at one point, ray davies was on the stage with metallica. they did all day and all of the night. you could see anger in davies eyes when...over and over...singer james hetfield sang...all day and all of the night-time. it was live. can't edit it out. and it was rock and roll. point is, hetfield never took the time to know what to sing. he sang, probably, what he always thought the lyrics were.

thats all fine and dandy if you or i are singing a song in our car or in the shower. but not when representing the R&R HOF.
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby efghijiloveyou » Thu Jan 05, 2012 12:01 am

Maybe I should be outraged, but the problem is...I'm not. I really don't care what Cee Lo does or says. It's clear enough though that he doesn't really get the meaning of the song. He probably was caught up in the moment and thought he was being profound or something- no big deal to me.
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby mr h atom » Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:53 am

it would seem, from all mr. lo's after-performance comments, that he meant to do that change...

maybe he thought he could have a tebow moment, and make points with who only knows...

perhaps he had, in addition to obviously not bothering to learn anything about the either the song or the writer, a little too much of the 'john lennon said the beatles were bigger than god' kool-aid too many evangelicals drank back in the '60's and thought he'd flex his mental prowess...

what is pretty easy to see, tho, is that he showed his utter ignorance of the song and its meaning : just as 2 indicated...

to me, lennon did not, with either this song nor anyhting he did, dis 'god' but, rather, that entity that is man-made, organized religion...an entity which i firmly believe, gets 'god' and his message wrong more often than it gets it right
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby bonovox66 » Thu Jan 05, 2012 11:55 am

atom, I wasn't aware of any post-performance comments. Maybe he realized he goofed and instead decided to try and make something of it, or maybe he did do it on purpose. Don't know and don't really care. People that don't get Lennon or that song won't know the difference anyway. Besides, how many artists these days really try and make people think with their lyrics? Cee Lo certainly doesn't. Sure he has some catchy tunes but can anyone honestly call them "deep"? The harsh truth is singers and musicians these days (though not all but the majority) simply don't care about saying anything let alone "think" about what they sing. Last thing I'll say is maybe some positive can come out of it. Maybe his goof will get people interested in what the song is really about, and if they don't well they wouldn't have cared anyway.
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Re: Cee Lo Green changes Lennon's "Imagine" lyrics

Postby Girl4Beats » Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:21 pm

I was watching the Donny and Marie Show way back in the day and they say Joy to the World by 3 Dog Night and changed the lyrics there. Instead of "I helped him drink his wine" they sang something else. Didn't hear any backlashes from that or did I and just ignored them? But to change lyrics by Lennon who was so respected by a lot of musicians is just DUMB.

Of course, I am biased.
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