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Yes, I know I haven't. I don't know, it's just...I don't feel as much at home here as I did in my little LJ. I know it's better, it's got central heating and the roof doesn't leak and there aren't Russians living in the dustbin, but LJ was where I started out this blogging lark and I was forced to move out of it and I'm just not used to this place yet.

Anyway.

A line in a story I'm working on brought "Walk Away Renee" to my mind, and trying it over, I realised I was singing "Don't walk away, Renee, you won't see me papa tulang-gown," which doesn't make a whole heap of sense even for me. So I went Googling, and found the Four Tops version, which is the one I know, with the lyrics, and corrected my mondegreen. And then I found out that that was not the original version, which was recorded by a group called the Left Banke, and possibly co-written by their keyboard player about a girl he may or may not have been in love with. So I listened to two recordings of them doing it.

They don't do it right.

Let me rephrase that. The band that originally performed the song sing the second line of the chorus, the one I had so much trouble with, a certain way. They do it "ta-tum ta-ta-ta-taa tum tum tum." And it sounds...limp. Nothing there. When the Four Tops did it, either they, or the producer, or somebody, tweaked it just a little, to "ta-tum tum tum ta-ta-ta-taa-taa," and it lifts the whole chorus nine yards over the head of the original. Which only goes to show that creativity doesn't stop when the song is written.

As for the rest of the song, the lyrics are very good, though I get the feeling they may have picked the best three verses out of an awful lot of them. There's a disjointed quality to them. The arrangement is nice too, in both versions, though "Reach Out" will always be my favourite Four Tops song in that respect.

Date: 2017-05-03 08:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] themis1
I just don't blog very much anywhere these days (either too much to say or not enough!) but it's nice to see you here :-)

Date: 2017-05-04 07:40 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] eintx
Sadly, I very rarely find cover versions that improve the original! (But yes, sometimes they do.)

And could you perhaps revive your LJ? It hasn't been 60 days, I think, and it would be so nice to get the groups back. You don't have to post on LJ, I don't either, but they didn't import.

Date: 2017-05-04 03:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] filkerdave
I think it's often that the version of the song we hear and learn first is the one we imprint on. A classic example would be "Blinded by the Light" -- to me, the Manfred Mann cover will always be far superior to the Bruce Springsteen original. The same with "All Along the Watchtower" -- the Hendrix cover is WAY better than Dylan's original. There are exceptions, of course, even on songs I love (I've mentioned covers of "Kiss Them For Me" before).

Yes...

Date: 2017-06-30 08:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
It took me a while to get used to DW too, but now it is more active than my LJ.

I'm doing a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, with a theme of gender, if you want to drop by and watch my fans go nuts.

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