Two unconnected musical thoughts:
As soon as I became aware that Katy Perry (the singer I love to hate. GET OUT OF MY HEAD, "HOT N COLD." "N" IS NOT EVEN A REAL CONJUNCTION) did a cover of The Outfield's "Your Love" ("Use Your Love"), I had to hunt it down, because "Your Love" is one of my top umpteen songs ever. EVER. Shit, I would give any cover of "Your Love" at least one shot. Except that I started listening to it and I immediately got pissed off that the lyrics were changed for no appreciable reason. I mean, yes, there are a couple of lines near the beginning that you'd have to change, unless you, as a female performer
Josie's on a vacation far away
I know you know my boyfriend is out of town
Come around and talk it over.
So have a drink, let's talk it over.
So many things that I wanna say
So many things I shouldn't be saying now
You know I like my girls a little bit older.
You know I like my boys a little bit older.
I just wanna use your love tonight
I just wanna use your love tonight, tonight, tonight
I don't wanna lose your love tonight
I don't wanna lose your love tonight
I ain't got many friends left to talk to
All my girls are nowhere to be found
Nowhere to run when I'm in trouble
They all split when I'm in trouble
You know I'd do anything for you
But I'll tell you all my secrets if you stick around
Stay the night but keep it under cover
Be undercover lovers under the covers
Try to stop my hands from shaking
Try to stop my head from spinning
But something in my mind's not making sense.
too much to drink, not making sense
It's been a while since we were all alone
It's been a while since I've been with someone new
But I can't hide the way I'm feeling
But I can't stop the way I'm feeling
As you're leaving please would you close the door?
As you leave please would you just close the door?
And don't forget what I told you
Now that our love affair is over
Just 'cause you're right that don't mean I'm wrong
You're exactly what I was looking for
Another shoulder to cry upon
We'll [?] find a shoulder to cry upon
Why? WHY? It's not better! I can't tell what's stupider--the lines that change the meaning of the song, or the lines that are almost exactly the same except for one word that doesn't change the meaning at all. I mean, it's a free country; as long as you bought the rights to cover the song anyway, I guess you can do what you want. But what I always loved about the song was that the speaker was clearly a predatory type (I never imagined him as being much older than the girl he was singing to, but still) who wanted to cheat on his girlfriend and take advantage of a younger girl who probably had a crush on him, but then you get the bridge: "Try to stop my hands from shaking, something in my mind's not making sense." Maybe he's not as in control as he thinks he is; maybe he really feels something for her, but by the end of the song, he's fooling himself again (or is he?); the chorus could be taken as him trying to convince himself that he just wants to use her. Basically, you're dealing with an unreliable narrator, and I loved that. The Katy Perry song? She's drunk, she wants to be with someone new, she has a one-night stand. Thank you for killing everything interesting about the song there. In my indignation, I will only listen to your version fifteen more times.
Secondly, there was an awesome song over the credits of the last episode of True Blood, and my understanding is that it's Dr. John's "I Don't Wanna Know" (actual spelling might vary, I'm not sure). Does anyone have it? Because I can't find it anywhere; I can't even figure out what album it might be on.
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