George Ezra's new album Gold Rush Kid has been released today (June 10) and he has finally spoken out about his confusing performance at Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee on Saturday, June 4.
The 29-year-old performed his hit single Green Green Grass to the 22,000-strong crowd gathered outside Buckingham Palace and the 13 million people viewing at home as the Queen celebrated 70 years on the throne.
But fans were left baffled after George changed the lyrics.
The singer-songwriter left outlines that referred to "dying".
The lyric, "Green green grass, blue blue sky, you better throw a party on the day that I die," was changed so as not to cause offence.
George told The Sun: "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."
He went on to say that the catchy song is anything but morbid.
"It’s a song about celebrating life. And it feels good when you sing it," he said.
"We felt it was a special song when we were producing it. There was a moment when we looked at each other. We were excited about it."
George also played his megahit Shotgun at the star-studded event which saw the likes of Rod Stewart, Elton John and Diana Ross perform.
He said that performing for the Queen's Jubilee celebrations was a bigger deal than he expected. He revealed that it was only when I got on stage and "saw all the flags" that he realised the magnitude of it all.
George's third album, Gold Rush Kid, is his most personal album to date.
He said: "The first two albums I’d got to talk about the two journeys I’d taken but they were very much don’t look at me, look over there.
"Whereas this time around it was about me. It felt like I was able to do away with my insecurities and get rid of the chaff."
Both of his first albums reached number one on the charts with his first, On Voyage, becoming the third biggest seller of 2014.
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