Cee Lo Green Changes the Lyrics To "Imagine"
If you interpret a song, do you have the right to change the lyrics? And I am talking about a all-time classic song written by a rock icon, John Lennon. This is the liberty that Cee Lo Green took on New Year Eve, when he sang Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ in New York's Times Square just before the ball dropped.
Instead of singing ‘Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too’, Green re-imagined the song with the crowd-pleaser ‘Nothing to kill or die for, and all religion is true’. Wow, it didn’t get unnoticed,Lennon’s fans and atheists united got enraged.
And I am too! He completely changed the meaning of the song! This song is anti-religious, anti-borders, a true anarchic-socialist song when you think about it, and I have never understood what people have made ofit. It is supposed to be this peace anthem in our collective consciousness, but at the price of ‘no heaven’, ‘no countries’, and ‘no possessions’, it is pretty radical, have people read the lyrics??
Cee Lo Green tweeted this after being aware of the angry reactions:
‘Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyric guys! I wast rying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that’s all’
That’s very different, ‘all religion is true’ is not amessage of tolerance as he is trying to imply, and his transformation is not an innocent change.
Lennon was a atheist, Green shouldn’t have tried to make the song say the opposite of what it was intended to say. There are tons of songs aboutt peace, choose for example another Beatle song ‘Give Me Love, Give Me Peace on Earth’ by GeorgeHarrison, or something by Bob Marley, or even by U2! I don’t see where the problem is.
Was Cee Lo afraidof singing the nihilistic lyrics?
And there is another aspect to this. People are saying it isjust a pop song and an harmless move, I would answer that a good song (and this is one) is a work of art,… would he enter a museum and alter a painting or a sculpture that does not fit his taste?
I thought you were kind of cool Cee Lo Green, and it is not because you changed the lyrics of your own song for entire commercial reasons that you can do the same for any song you sing.