I generally don’t like covers of songs. To me, their just cheap rip-offs done by wannabe artists without the originality or imagination to write anything that’s really worth listening to. But I’m not saying that all cover songs are bad, I guess a few are actually better than the originals. Take Johnny Cash’s cover of ‘Hurt’ for example. Although I do love the original Nine Inch Nails version, Cash perfects it.
The Nine Inch Nails version is about a young man living with depression, it is beautifully written and beautifully sung, I believe Trent Razor and the Nine Inch Nails should have received a bit more credit for creating such a powerful and moving song. A very nostalgic Johnny Cash sings the song as quite an elderly man, reminiscing the days of when he was younger, wishing he could go back in time and fix all the mistakes he had made.
I have no personal connection with this song, yet Cash makes me feel like I am the elderly person who looks back over my life and morn over what has happened. I suppose that’s why I adore his cover so much, very few artists manage to do covers that make me actually want to listen to it, let alone completely make it their own, like Johnny Cash did.