John Lennon fans not happy with Cee Lo Green’s “Imagine” rewrite

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Last night, the ever-audacious Cee Lo Green decided to tweak the lyrics of John Lennon's "Imagine" during his NYE performance of the song. Naturally, Lennon purists have responded with a chorus of indignant, self-satisfied "fuck you"s.

Instead of singing the famously polarizing line, "Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion, too," Green swapped those last three words for "all religion's true." He later tweeted to his followers, "Yo I meant no disrespect by changing the lyrics guys! I was trying to say a world were u could believe what u wanted that's all." But since this is the Internet, copious bitter responses soon followed. Some said he ruined Lennon's message, others said he was being "ignorant," but mostly there was a lot of swearing.

To the people currently losing their shit over this, let's take a deep breath. Lennon may have been an atheist himself, but remember his explanation for the lyrics: "If you can imagine a world at peace, with no denominations of religion — not without religion, but without this 'my God is bigger than your God' thing — then it can be true." You can fault Green for a lot of things (excessive furs and feathers, the resurgence of Gwyneth Paltrow) but you can't accuse his rewrite of condoning faith-fueled conflict. And that's really all the original song lamented.

More importantly, are we just going to focus on Cee Lo and let this Beatles blasphemy go unchecked?