VIEWERS of The US version of The Voice complained this week after a group of singers on the TV show omitted “Lord,” “dying savior” and “heaven” from a popular Christian hymn.
The word “Lord” was replaced with “oh” while eight singers performed Will the Circle Be Unbroken?
Many outraged fans took to Voice judge and country music singer Blake Shelton’s Twitter page to complain, but Shelton said he was just as shocked as viewers.
“I don’t know what, uh — how it happened, or — I’m learning about it just like you guys are. I was sitting in my chair singing that song how I grew up on it, with ‘in the sky, Lord, in the sky.’ I sang it as loud as I could,” he told Zap2It. “And that might be why I didn’t realize until after the fact that ‘Lord’ was either taken out, or it was just performed some other way.”
The show’s executive producer Mark Burnett, who also produced the popular TV series “The Bible,” said he was surprised about the lyric changes as well.
So here’s another (better) version of the song by Johnny Cash, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and others….and it includes the words!