Because “I Know (I Know) That U’re Going with Another Girl/Don’t Care (Don’t Care) Cuz I Love U Baby That’s 4 Sure” Would Be Lame, That’s Why

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08/18/2008 9:00 AM |

This is quite possibly my favorite song*, but I think I’d like it more if Nina didn’t reverse the gender of the original. I hate it when singers singing cover version do that, switch gender pronouns around to ensure the heteronormalcy of their version.

I can understand it when the song is a traditional song, and not definitively associated with any one act (and in fact sort of designed to be for all people), and it’s maybe natural for people who are primarily covers singers, like Nina, to consistently realign the “I” of lyrics to suit themselves. But when the song that you’re singing is known as somebody else’s song, it’s kind of a squeamish sidestep, don’t you think? I mean, when you’re singing along to something sang by someone of the opposite gender (or orientation), do you change the pronouns?

This is yet another reason why Cyndi Lauper is our greatest singer.

* Actually, my favorite song is really this. But please don’t tell anyone.

3 Comment

  • this is my favorite song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHXpnZi9Hzs

    Cat Power better not cover it…

  • you can sing it too:

    Now that I’ve lost everything to you

    You say you wanna start something new

    And it’s breakin’ my heart you’re leavin’

    Baby, I’m grievin’

    But if you wanna leave, take good care

    I hope you have a lot of nice things to wear

    But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there

    [Chorus:]

    Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world

    It’s hard to get by just upon a smile

    Oh, baby, baby, it’s a wild world

    I’ll always remember you like a child, girl

    You know I’ve seen a lot of what the world can do

    And it’s breakin’ my heart in two

    Because I never wanna see you a sad girl

    Don’t be a bad girl

    But if you wanna leave, take good care

    I hope you make a lot of nice friends out there

    But just remember there’s a lot of bad and beware

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