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“While My Guitar Gently Weeps”–The Beatles

I couldn’t find a live Beatles version but hear this recorded version with a lovely film montage of the life of George Harrison.

I’ve never been a big fan of the Beatles. Don’t boo me.  I get that they are one of the keys to the American rock explosion and a truly great band, yet my music heart was just focused on other artists.

Every time I hear this song though my chest tightens and my blood warms.  It must be those achingly sad guitar wails and the  gloomy, lovely lyrics.

What follows is an amazing version and one of the greatest guitar solos I have ever seen on film. Check Prince out for yourself, it begins at 3:30.

Prince, Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Jeff Lynne and others perform “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” at the 2004 Hall of Fame Inductions.

Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney perform at the Queen Golden Jubilee.

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at the floor and I see it need sweeping
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know why nobody told you
how to unfold your love
I don’t know how someone controlled you
they bought and sold you

I look at the world and I notice it’s turning
While my guitar gently weeps
With every mistake we must surely be learning
Still my guitar gently weeps

I don’t know how you were diverted
you were perverted too
I don’t know how you were inverted
no one alerted you

I look at you all see the love there that’s sleeping
While my guitar gently weeps
I look at you all
Still my guitar gently weeps

Oh, oh, oh
oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
oh oh, oh oh, oh oh
Yeah yeah yeah yeah
yeah yeah yeah yeah

A lovely new version by Santana.

And one by Toto; this surprised me:

Jake Shimabukuro is a genius

“Get Up Stand Up”–The Wailers

Get Up Stand Up Live In Dortmund, Germany

This is a song after my revolutionary heart. We know Reggae roots as righteous music, but Bob Marley and Peter Tosh remind us that their music is as much about celebrating the most high as it is about mashing down Babylon, especially Tosh’s version. He makes you want to punch your fist with punk aggression as much as move your soulful hips. My all time favorite version is on 1991s Talking Blues.

Peter Tosh tearing it up at the Greek Theater Berkeley, CA.

Most people think,
Great god will come from the skies,
Take away everything
And make everybody feel high.
But if you know what life is worth,
You will look for yours on earth:
And now you see the light,
You stand up for your rights. jah!

A Very Different Arrangement-The Wailers 1973-05-27
Sundown, Edmonton, London, England

We sick an’ tired of-a your ism-skism game –
Dyin’ ‘n’ goin’ to heaven in-a Jesus’ name, lord.
We know when we understand:
Almighty god is a living man.
You can fool some people sometimes,
But you can’t fool all the people all the time.

“Moondance”–Van Morrison

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Van Morrison Moondance Live at Montreux 1980

Sabai wrote: Can’t explain it.  I can just listen to this song over and over.

“Moondance” is the title song from the 3rd solo album by Van Morrison recorded in 1970. This soulful jazzy song, swings with a subtle North Irish lilt, and a chorus vocal that bridges rock with a pure Rat Pack croon, and I say damn that full tilt flute playing by Colin Tilton.

Well, it’s a marvelous night for a moondance
With the stars up above in your eyes
A fantabulous night to make romance
Neath the cover of October skies
And all the leaves on the trees are falling
To the sound of the breezes that blow
And I’m trying to please to the calling
Of your heart-strings that play soft and low
And all the nights magic seems to whisper and hush
And all the soft moonlight seems to shine in your blush

Can I just have one a more moondance with you, my love
Can I just make some more romance with a-you, my love

Well, I wanna make love to you tonight
I can’t wait ’til the morning has come
And I know that the time is just right
And straight into my arms you will run
And when you come my heart will be waiting
To make sure that you’re never alone
There and then all my dreams will come true, dear
There and then I will make you my own
And every time I touch you, you just tremble inside
And I know how much you want me that you can’t hide

Repeat 1st verse

One more moondance with you in the moonlight
On a magic night
La, la, la, la in the moonlight
On a magic night
Can’t I just have one more dance with you my love

Van Morrison – Moondance – live video 1973

Van Morrison and Candy Dulfer Live Moondance Rockpalast

An Odd Assortment of Great Covers
Bobby McFerrin und Konservatorium Wien Orchestra

Michael Bublé-Parkinson UK

The Chieftains feat. Cmdr. Chris Hadfield

Liz Longley

“A Change Is Gonna Come”–Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come

This is my song to honor the USA on its birthday. I know so much has changed, but so much still needs to change for Langston Hughes’ dream of America to be America again. I think this song is as true now as ever. Besides have you seen any more a brilliant group of vocalists sing one song?

There are too many amazing covers of this song by masterful artists, I can’t include all of them, but I will highlight some of the best: Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Bobby Womack, and even Bob Dylan.

Patti Labelle – Change is gonna come – Live one night only – HD

I was born by the river in a little tent
Oh and just like the river I’ve been running ever since
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

It’s been too hard living but I’m afraid to die
Cause I don’t know what’s up there beyond the sky
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

I go to the movie and I go downtown somebody keep telling me don’t hang around
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Then I go to my brother
And I say brother help me please
But he winds up knockin’ me
Back down on my knees


There been times that I thought I couldn’t last for long
But now I think I’m able to carry on
It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will

Otis Redding

Aretha Franklin

Billy Preston

Al Green -Live

Luther Vandross Sings In Church


Tina Turner and Robert Cray

The Fugees and Lauren Hill

Bob Dylan unexpectedly covers Sam Cooke masterpiece

Playing For Change – Live at Folsom