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Monday, July 4, 2022

When the royal family says ‘jump’, you jump: George Ezra on changing his lyrics

British singer-songwriter George Ezra has said that “you don’t question it” when asked why he changed the lyrics to his song Green Green Grass during his Platinum Jubilee performance.

He performed the 29-year-old’s song during the Platinum Party at the Palace held outside Buckingham Palace to commemorate the Queen’s 70 years on June 4.

However, the song “Green green grass, blue blue sky, you throw a party the day I die” was edited to remove the reference to dying.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Ezra said: “When you’re playing for the royal family, when they say ‘jump’, you jump, you don’t question it.”

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

“It’s something I get asked a lot about now and I just say: ‘Well, I wasn’t going to fight back, was I?'”

He continued: “But for me, the song is a celebration of life, how would I read it. I would never see it as a funeral manifesto.

The song was released in April as the first single from Ezra’s third album Gold Rush Kid, which is currently on track to reach number one on the UK Official Albums Chart.

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Speaking to presenters Susanna Reed and Richard Madley about the album’s success, Ezra said: “I’m not paying attention to it. If it comes to pass, it will be my third time.”

Explaining the album, Ezra said: “Gold is the Rush Kid album. I released it on Friday, we’ve been running shows around the country since then.

“Doing it in-store and meeting people, it all feels great, especially after the last few years.”

Ezra has previously scored two number one albums with his first record Wanted on Voyage, which was released in 2014, and his second album Staying at Tamara in 2018.

He is also preparing to release a documentary called End to End, which follows Ezra’s journey in 2021, from Lands End in southern England to John O’Groats, the northernmost tip of the UK mainland, in 95 days Running 1,200 miles.

Speaking about the film, he said: “The whole plan was that we would do this tour, and we would document it and it was a one-of-a-kind plan to make an album.

“In 2020 there were three months to make a decision and then, of course, we could not do that.

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Ezra is set to release a documentary titled End to End on August 29 (End to End / PA).

“And by the end of 2020, I had finished writing the album, so at this point we had directors, producers and most importantly investors, all knocking on the door: ‘You give us a movie.

“And so we had to re-think how we walk and then we came up with the idea of ​​meeting musicians while we walk.”

Meeting musicians along the way, he explores and reunites country after months of separation, reflecting on his relationship to his music and live performances.

End to End will also feature acoustic sets and tracks from Gold Rush Kid and provide an insight into Ezra’s process of bringing his third album to life.

The documentary’s London launch event will include an intimate live performance by Ezra that will be broadcast in cinemas across the country on 29 August.

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