January 1, 2012

Cee-Lo Green Sings (and Changes) "Imagine" (NYE VIDEO)

Here's the video of CeeLo Green doing a controversial cover version of John Lennon's "Imagine" for New Year's Eve. Not the worst performance from Cee-Lo even if there were some struggles in the high notes. But Cee-Lo also offended some John Lennon fans by changing one of the song's key lyrics, when he changed "and no religion too" to "and all religion is true." I gotta agree it's a shame for Cee-Lo to edit Lennon's words here. I always admired how Lennon's songs can be so irresistibly loving and positive, giving them a universal appeal for any audience, while also being so cynical and subversive at times in their substance. I think Cee-Lo had good intentions but he really should have just let it be, so to speak. See Cee-Lo Green's performance of "Imagine," with lyrical alterations, below,

(source here lyrics after the cut.)

Posted at January 1, 2012 6:11 PM