Cee Lo Green Apologizes (Sort Of) For Switching “Imagine” Lyrics New Years Eve

Cee Lo Green certainly tried to kick off the New Year with class, performing a rendition of John Lennon’s iconic “Imagine” on NBC’s Carson Daly-hosted New Years Eve telecast. But the hard-working The Voice judge wound up causing a stir for altering the lyrics from “Nothing to kill or die for / And no religion too” to “Nothing to kill or do for / And all religion’s true.” Lennon fans responded angrily, and now Cee Lo has apologized. Kind of. Watch his performance and see the tweet he has since deleted below.

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Cee Lo tweeted “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.” (This tweet seems to have been deleted, but we tracked it down anyway).


Instead, Cee Lo replaced his tweet with a simple “Happy New Year everyone!!!!!!”, which may be his way of saying he’d just prefer to move on. (So don’t expect him to perform this rendition when you catch Loberace in Las Vegas). Will Lennon’s fans let it be? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or in the comments below.

  • john

    john lennon himself stated that when you lift lyrics from another song writer’s work it is not a rip-off, it is rather a love in. google it! lennon ripped off ideas for the song from the communist manifesto. he also ripped off chuck berry lyrics for come together. all those all you need is love types are really spewing out the hateful bile!

  • JohnJ

    Im a song writer, and I think its good he changed the line to “Nothing to kill or die for / And all religion’s true.” Because its true. No matter what you believe in, you can feel the song better with ALL religion’s then “no religion”? Its not pro religion because even if you don’t believe in a religion then that means your beliefs are Atheism, which is a religion, if you really look at it. So stop with all this. Im not Religious but believe in a higher power, and I’m not upset because of this!

  • Jax

    I think what he did is abhorrent – It is stated in Lennon’s estate that the song contains those lyrics whether you want to sing it live or rerecord it.

    He said he change dthe lyrics so as not to upset anyone by sayings “hey all religions are true” – which is stupidity at its finest let alone everything Lenoon was singing about in the song.

    Athiesim is not a religion its is the absence of one – you cannot bundle it among all the others and then say “they are all right”

    This would include all forms or Devil worshop and witchcraft , wicca etc. and any other of the highly and even more barbaric form of bronze age superstition.

    Imagine says just that – what would a world be like if not of that crap ever existed – that is his point.

    If that fat, man wants to deck himself out in bling and wear furs and sing about poventy he is more than a idiot and he has shown himself up to be one big time.

    If you wanted to sing about all religions being true he should write his own song – not mess up someone else.

    I hope this stupid event takes this sell out down – I hope his concerts and filled with people singing the correct lyrics before he get on stage.

    He has already tried to pretend it never happened. – His first and best hi was changed so he could sell out its true meaning to make money.

    He tried to do it with someone esles.

    You went to far fat man

    Forget you buddy