With this in mind, as well as the recent media hype discussing the issue of race and politics, I wanted to try and create some dialog about some of the issues raised by this. Obviously, any citizen of this country (musicians included) is protected (thankfully) by the First Amendment. However, the question arises: Should Brendan have changed the lyrics? Should he have changed the lyrics because of the color of his skin? Should J.B. not have changed the lyrics?
Any song, in my opinion, and according the government is a work of art. So does it not change the integrity of the song or change its meaning when the original lyrics are altered? What would Curtis Mayfield think? What would the Doggfather do? I am reminded of what Sly and the Family Stone once said.