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George Ezra says ‘royals or producers’ made him change ‘dying’ lyric for Jubilee performance

George Ezra has revealed that he was told to change the lyric "dying" while performing his tune Green Green Grass for his Jubilee performance.

The 29 year old missed out some lyrics in his song Green Green Grass during his performance at the Jubilee celebrations for The Queen.

Part of the chorus to the undeniably catchy tune usually goes: "Green green grass, blue blue sky. You better throw a party on the day that I die" – however, the reference to passing away was not heard during his performance.

George has now explained that he was told to make the change by either the "royals or producers" – even though he felt the move was unnecessary as the song is about "celebrating life".


Speaking to The Sun, George said: "I think the reaction to it has kind of worked in our favour to say it was unnecessary. My gut instinct was that you don't need to change it.

"I don't know if it came from the royals or the producers of the show, but it's pretty obvious that if you're playing for the Royal Family and the powers that be say, 'We don't want you to sing that lyric,' then you're not going to argue."

George defended his song as anything but morbid, claiming that "it feels good when you sing it".

He also admitted that the magnitude of the Jubilee went "over his head", and it was only when he got on stage he realised, "Oh, this really is huge."

Viewers quickly picked up on George's missing lyric, with one person tweeting: "I see George Ezra isn't allowed to mention anyone dying in the Platinum Jubilee."

Another added: "George Ezra dropping the line 'on the day that I die' for obvious reasons, while a third added: "George Ezra obviously told not mention death outside the palace. Awks."

Speaking ahead of the jubilee concert, he told OK!: "I've heard that Kate Middleton has one or two of my CDs! I haven't met the Queen yet but if I do I'll be on my best behaviour."

The musician also admitted that he was extremely nervous ahead of his performance.

"I played my first gig in London two weeks ago and just stood at the side of the stage saying, 'How the f**k am I going to do this?' I have to remind myself pop music should be fun," George told us.

"With the Jubilee, it's easy to overwhelm myself and get nervous. If I look too far ahead my mind starts to melt."

"I remember these events growing up, and I think I've got a little bit of imposter syndrome. Diana Ross is playing, you know," he added.

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