Hey, friends! Happy New Year! Did you guys eat your black-eyed peas and your pork like you were supposed to yesterday to get your luck? Or were you just hungover? It’s ok if you were, you know I don’t judge you. Specifically, I don’t judge you this time because on New Year’s Eve, I ended up falling asleep in my closet. See, I hadn’t had any booze at all since June, I think, and I got all crazy last week and got a bottle of Boone’s Farm, and then on New Year’s Eve I got even crazier and a little nostalgic for my college days, so I got a bottle of Mad Dog. For real.
So my evening was spent sipping on Boone’s Farm and playing video games with the boyfriend. And you guys, I was way tipsy. From Boone’s Farm. And then I wanted to have some Mad Dog, so I had about a fourth of a cup, because I know my limits, and when I went to change into my pajamas I ended up lying down on the floor of my closet with the doors closed, playing with the legs of my pants. Then I fell asleep. Boyfriend came to investigate after I never came back to the living room, though, and I took my last sip of Mad Dog, and then we watched Horror Hotel. And that was my New Year’s.
BUT WAIT! In the midst of all that craziness, before I passed out in the closet, we did watch the Times Square shenanigans. We turned it on just in time to see Cee Lo Green perform a kind of awful cover of “Imagine.” To be honest, I was too busy talking trash about him to really listen to his performance, but apparently I should have, because he changed to words. To “Imagine.” That cocky son of a bitch, right?
Do you remember how John Lennon was all “Imagine there’s no countries, it isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too”? I do, because we sang it in this choir concert in middle school and these bitches threw a fit about the “no religion part” and tried to get the choir teacher to change it. He did the right thing in saying “um, hell no, this is John Lennon, this is ‘Imagine,’ you don’t touch that.” Sadly, Cee Lo had no such sassy but correct figure in his life, because he went ahead and switched up the lyrics to say “nothing to kill or die for, and all religion’s true.” Oh, snap.
You can skip to around 4:00 into the video to see Cee Lo’s song, and ahead to 5:00 to hear the changed lyric. In the meantime, check out some of the tweets Cee Lo received for his cover, and see if they express any of your feelings.
f*ck you, Cee Lo Green. sing it right or don’t sing it at all.
you don’t change the words to one of the best songs to what you believe go to hell fat boy I wish you a heart attack
who are you to change the words of a true artist. So f*cking disrespectful and ignorant
Don’t f*ck with Lennon. F*ck with ANY other writer. So Mr. Green … F*CK YOU and F*CK YOUR SHITTY ASS COVER TOO
Cee Lo has since deleted all these tweets, and Huffington Post doesn’t even have the screencaps of Cee Lo’s responses anymore. As I recall, though, it started out all “it’s cool, I just wanted to acknowledge everyone’s religion, no big deal” and ended up more “f*ck f*ck f*ck, ahhhh, rage.”