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:
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.