I am astounded by this song; it seems like everyone is these days.
I can’t say exactly why. Maybe its because it makes you think about your own worries in a movie-montage way. Like we are just 20 minutes and a few plot developments from everything being resolved and striding away better, stronger, and happier. It is sad, but not a permanent sad. At least that is what goes on in my head when I hear it.
A lot has been written about it. Here is a pretty awesome history of the song and its development.
There are dozens of covers, first composed and recorded by bizarre performer Leonard Cohen. Here is his version:
Not so pretty, right? But others have been pretty. Here is a ranking of my (current) top 3 versions of this song…in descending order…
Rufus Wainright. This is the first version I heard. It sticks with you.
Imogen Heap. Very simple. Spooky.
k.d. lang. I’m blown away by the emotion. She is enveloped by it. A knockout. To be honest, I haven’t heard anything even close to as good as this. Absolutely amazing.
You have favorites?