George Ezra reveals he was forced to change song lyrics for Jubilee performance to remove 'dying'

Ezra performed the song "Green Green Grass" during his performance outside Buckingham Palace

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George Ezra has revealed that he was forced to change the song lyrics for his Jubilee performance to remove the reference of dying.

The 29-year-old performed the song during the Platinum Party At The Palace on June 4, held outside Buckingham Palace in celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.

However, the lyrics “Green green grass, blue blue sky, you better throw a party on the day that I die”, were edited to remove the reference to dying.

George Ezra performing at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations
George Ezra performing at the Queen's Jubilee celebrations
Ezra has revealed why he changed his song lyrics during the Jubilee
Ezra has revealed why he changed his song lyrics during the Jubilee

Ezra said: “When you’re playing for the Royal Family, when they say ‘jump’, you jump, you don’t question it.

“My take on it was that it was going to make it more obvious to change it, and the thing is it kind of turned out that way.

“It’s the thing that I get asked about a lot now and I just say: ‘Well, I wasn’t going to fight back was I?," he told Good Morning Britain.

The track was released as a single in April ahead of Ezra’s third album Gold Rush Kid, which is currently on track to reach number one on the UK official albums chart.

It comes after Lizzo announced she is releasing a new version of her recent song Grrrls with a “lyric change” after receiving backlash over the use of an ableist slur within the track.

The pop superstar said she “never want(s) to promote derogatory language” and said she was “dedicated to being part of the change I’ve been waiting to see in the world”.

It comes after disability charity Scope urged her not to leave disabled people out of her message of “self-acceptance” and to change the lyrics used.