I think I’ve mentioned in the past that I am normally not a big fan of covers of classics. It comes from the same place inside me that can barely stand to watch <insert cool kid of the month’s name here> sing The Star-Spangled Banner before the Super Bowl, World Series, etc., which is to say that there are some things you just don’t do unless you can do them 110%. Covers and the national anthem both must be done with precision, either as an outstanding rendition that basically matches the original in its tone, pace, etc., (call it playing it clean) or gives it entirely your own flavor but with RESPECT to the original rendition of the song.
Yeah, I’m picky. 😀
So, all that said, one of my all-time favorite songs, even before I was the mother of a son — and a special needs son at that, is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man. Shinedown has done a very good version of the song, packed with emotion, that I was shocked to find myself enjoying on the radio the other day…
…right up to the point where he sang the.wrong.lyrics.
Excuse me? What??
Yes, you heard me. And it isn’t just one word, it’s three – in two different spots. This is making my stomach hurt just to type. The words he sings don’t even make sense; they don’t go with the song, they don’t fit the intent, and just how in the HELL did no one associated with the making of this sucker NOT NOTICE THAT? My God.
Ignore the crappy video and the pink hair. Seriously, change windows because the video takes away from the experience of the song (which admittedly is better enjoyed driving down the road with the windows down because on the computer, it sounds a bit too much like he’s just yelling). But note, if you’d be so kind, that the lyrics were intended to be:
FORGET your lust FOR the rich man’s gold
All that you need is in your soul
And you can do this (oh baby) if you try
All that I want FOR you my son is to be satisfied.
What do you think? Like it, don’t like it? Demand a retake on the stupid lyrical screwup?