Friday, July 12, 2013

leonard and lana

I woke up with this song in my head and have been humming it all day long.  I only knew the original version by Leonard Cohen, which is painfully beautiful itself, but I just discovered Lana del Rey's cover and I have to say, I think it's lovely.  Simple, delicate, true to the original, but earnest and heartfelt at the same time.

The original and then some...

If you're not familiar with the original, take a few minutes and listen to it from the mouth of the great poet himself:

Chelsea Hotel #2 by Leonard Cohen on Grooveshark

 And just for kicks, a less subdued video from Lana:

The girl is nothing if not ballsy and over-the-top.  Guess that's why I was so surprised at the gentle cover of Chelsea Hotel No. 2.

ps - Check out the tiger on the left at 0:30, singing along with Lana.  Cracking me up.


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