Original lyrics: "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy/ That's fine, I'll tell mine you're gay/ By the way"
New lyrics: "So go and tell your friends that I'm obsessive and crazy/ That's fine, you won't mind if I say/ By the way"
Note: The fourth single from Swift's eponymous debut album reached No. 3 on Billboard's country chart and No. 28 in pop.
—Future featuring Lil Wayne, "Karate Chop" (remix) 2013
Original lyric: "'Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/ Beat that p---y up like Emmett Till/ Yeah/ Two cellphones ringin' at the same time"
New lyrics: "'Bout to put rims on my skateboard wheels/ Beat the p---y up like [silence]/ Yeah/ Two cellphones ringing' at the same time"
Note: The lyrics in question came from Lil' Wayne, who lost his endorsement deal with Mountain Dew because of the insensitive reference to Emmett Till, a 14-year-old Black boy who was murdered in 1955 in Mississippi for allegedly offending a white woman in a grocery store. The song peaked at No. 19 on the rap charts.
—Lana Del Rey, "Ultraviolence," 2014
Original lyrics: "He hit me and it felt like a kiss/ I can hear violins, violins/ Give me all of that ultraviolence"
New lyrics: In concert, she just skips the line "He hit me and it felt like a kiss."
Note: The third single from her third album peaked at No. 70 but was certified gold for selling more 500,000 copies/streams.
Lizzo, "Grrrls," 2022
Original lyrics: "Hold my bag/ Do you see this s--t? Ima s--z"
New lyrics: "Hold my bag/ Do you see this s--t? Hold me back"
Note: "I never want to promote derogatory language," Lizzo said on Instagram three days after "Grrrls" was released in June. "As a fat Black woman in America, I've had many hurtful words used against me so I overstand the power words can have (whether intentionally or in my case, unintentionally). I'm proud to say there is a new version of Grrrls with a lyric change."
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