It is rare to see an award-winning song completely changed for national campaign, but it turns out that Cee Lo Green has done exactly that by revamping his famous song ‘Forget You’ to make it fit for a good social cause.
The Gnarls Barkley member recently associated himself with Duracell’s “Power of Those Who Protect Us” campaign, arranged for the benefit of National Volunteer Fire Council, which is a social service organization that represents the rights of voluntary rescue workers, EMS personnel and fire fighters. The new version of the highly successful track has been named ‘Thank You,’ and it can be downloaded for free from Duracell’s Facebook page.
Cee Lo is hoping that his association with the cause will create awareness of the voluntary fire fighting service in the US. The R&B singer has another connection with the fire fighting business: he said that it is a very noble cause and he has a special connection with it because his mother was a fire fighter. She was the first black female fire fighter in Atlanta and hence, it was a historic achievement, according to Cee Lo.
The cause was noble, so it is quite obvious that he had to erase all the dirty lyrics from the song, originally called ‘F—k You.’ The chorus has been changed as well to fit the new message. It now goes: “For a lifetime of service in the name of love, we wanna thank you/ I could say it a thousand times and it wouldn’t be enough, we wanna thank you for everything you do.”
Green, who is currently busy playing the role of a coach on NBC’s ‘The Voice,’ said that the Duracell campaign is benefitting as lot from the success of “Forget You.” He explained that “Forget You” is at the peak of its powers and the campaign is using the song’s ‘unparalleled’ fame to shed light on a very important humanitarian cause. Green concluded with the message: “For so many people, citizens to volunteer themselves — so this is voluntary action. It’s not by force, it’s not by draft. This is heart and soul, and we appreciate that.”
Watch Cee Lo Green’s ‘Thank You’ Video:
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