From The Daily Post: A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?
Since “Let It Be” is one of my all time favorite Beatles songs, I wanted to accept this prompt challenge.
What came to mind, like a thunderbolt, was a recent version of “Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You”, an iconic Led Zeppelin song with the tortured beauty that could only come from Robert Plant. This version featured Miley Cyrus. Wrong. Just wrong.
It’s not that she has a bad voice, clearly. She just doesn’t have the life experience to pull off a song about a long-standing, painfully ambiguous relationship.
In doing a bit of research, I discovered that the Zeppelin version, while certainly the most famous, is also a cover. The original was written in the 1950’s by Anne Johannsen, and recorded as a folk song by Joan Baez in 1962. This version was, of course, much softer and gentler, but still dealt with the pain and loss of a tortured relationship from a more mature perspective.
Sorry, Miley. Stick to your twerking and leave things like this to the grownups.