Oh, how I love cover songs. Maybe it’s the feeling of the familiar made strange, maybe I appreciate an artist’s homage to the original, maybe I just fear change; but dear Lordy I love me some cover songs.
Good ones, of course. The bad ones can die in a fire.
Here’s my list of Sad Bastard Songs: The Covers Edition.**
1.) Ben Folds – Golden Slumbers
Ben Folds still holds a special place in my heart for being part of the soundtrack of my high school and college years. (I still hear the phrase, “Y’all don’t know what it’s like, being male, middle-class and white!” in my head when I hear the entitled whining…) And he’s still on my nerdy crush list.
He also did a kick-ass version of a Beatles classic. This really isn’t a sad bastard song, but when I think about the movie that this is from, “I Am Sam,” I just want to curl in a ball and hug a teddy bear.
2.) Make You Feel My Love – Adele
This is one of those songs that can be thought of as crazy romantic if you’re in a good mood – or distressingly sad bastard if you’re not. It could be the song that wins you over, or the last salvo before the heart-wrenching gutting of a break-up. (For this list, we’re going with that morbid latter. Just watch the video and not tear up a little.) Plus, Adele is beautiful and amazing.
3.) The Heart of the Matter – India.Arie
I love India.Arie. Anyone cool enough to have a useless period in their name is awesome in my book. Plus a friend of mine once set up sound for her at an event and said that she is the nicest, most grateful artist ever. I also have a secret love of Don Henley and this song. The fact that it’s not the radio edit and has a whole other chunk of lyrics left in (my favorite part, incidentally) makes this an upbeat sad bastard song.
4.) Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Brandi Carlile
You can’t out-Willie Willie, but if you can kinda give him a run for his money. This lady can wail with the best of them. Love the Brandi. (Do not even bring up the Sheryl Crow version. We will be in a fight.)
5.) Jolene – Mindy Smith
You don’t mess with Dolly. Unless Dolly gives the okay and sings it with you. Then you can mess with Dolly.
6.) Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley
No words. Do I really need any?
Alrightly, moppets, what’s your favorite cover song, sad bastard or otherwise?
**I still have not switched over to hosting, hence the Youtube videos. One day I will be like the cool kids and be able to embed a player so you can just hear the songs. One day….probably when someone shows me how.