On Saturday night Cee Lo Green performed a version of John Lennon's "Imagine" at the Times Square New Year's party. Except Cee Lo's version changed the lyrics from "nothing to kill or die for / and no religion too" to "nothing to kill or die for / and all religion's true."
The internet is outraged—OUTRAGED!—by the fact that Cee Lo Green changed the lyrics to "Imagine."
But is it really so bad? As an artist in his own right, Cee Lo can interpret and perform the song however he chooses. He was signing Lennon's song, but it's not like his personal performance of the song changes anything about Lennon's version. Artists cover other artists songs all the time, changing everything from the beat to the lyrics to the mood. Leave Cee Lo alone!
Cee Lo later reportedly said, via Twitter (though that Tweet has since been pulled):
"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."
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So... is changing the lyrics to "Imagine" really that bad?