Cee-Lo Green Changes Religion Lyric in “Imagine”

Cee-Lo Green Changes Religion Lyric in “Imagine” January 1, 2012

Last night, Cee-Lo performed a cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” at NBC’s live New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square. However, he made one small change: the lyric “…and no religion too” became “…and all religion’s true.”


Though it may have seemed like a small change, plenty of Lennon fans noticed and began calling out the singer on Twitter. Green 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.” The tweet, and others from last night, have since been taken down from his account. You can hear his version of the song in this clip.


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  • Eileen Nguyen

    Die-hard John Lennon fans can be a little irrational about all things John Lennon. They’d probably have been upset with him for daring to sing the song, anyway, even if he’d sung it as-written. These would be the same people who freaked out about his son and widow permitting Lady Gaga to play their piano. I think Cee-Lo Green could’ve picked a better song, personally – “Imagine” has been done way too many times at this point, and tbh I never liked it to begin with – but if I were him I wouldn’t really worry.