Soul Searching Friday presents cover songs that are better than the original version…
Most great songs have been covered by other artists, some even thousands of times. Some artists did amazing jobs creating a new version of a well-known song, others injured a masterpiece or made a fool of themselves. The bigger the song, the more difficult the job, obviously.
But why cover a song in the first place? Is it a tribute, an homage, the love for a song that makes an artist want to approach a Great work? Or is it an urge to do better, to show another understanding of what the song’s about? A lack of own inspiration? Or maybe an attempt to find the true soul of a song? The artists in this series have come damn close to the latter.
Jamey Johnson, Twiggy Ramirez & Shooter Jennings: You Are My Sunshine (2013) – cover version of Pine Ridge Boys: You Are My Sunshine (1939)
Jamey Johnson is the country man of darkness and melancholy. Along with Twiggy Ramirez (Marilyn Manson) and Shooter Jennings, he recorded this apocalyptical version of You Are My Sunshine for Sons of Anarchy (TV series created by Kurt Sutter). Jamey Johnson isn’t afraid of dark tunes in music. His albums That Lonesome Song and The Guitar Song are full of hard knock life experience, sadness and soul. Happy tune You Are My Sunshine is here transformed into a dark, sinister contemplation of loneliness, fear and dread. It is hauntingly beautiful and leaves a mark on you. Never before has the line “You make me happy when skies are gray” sounded so full of pain. One of the saddest songs I have ever heard.
Here’s the original:
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