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24th Jul '16 3:06:20 PM nombretomado
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* Most vocal versions of "I Can't Get Started" were for male singers (the original was written for BobHope). IraGershwin created a female version for Nancy Walker.

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* Most vocal versions of "I Can't Get Started" were for male singers (the original was written for BobHope). IraGershwin Creator/BobHope). Music/IraGershwin created a female version for Nancy Walker.
13th Jul '16 6:11:19 PM Prfnoff
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* Mario Winans' plaintive R&B ballad "I Don't Wanna Know" - the 2004 single which, due to copyright law dealing with sampling of other tracks, hilariously co-credits both P. Diddy and {{Enya}} - is sung by a man who suspects his girlfriend is cheating and just prays that she keep it secret because if he discovered it for sure it would break his heart. Shola Ama came back with a devastating response from the woman's perspective called "You Should Really Know," the gist of which was that if the guy was so in tune with the woman and so invested in the relationship he should know her damn well enough to know that she's not cheating. Oh, snap.
8th Jul '16 12:39:12 PM Twentington
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* [=LeAnn=] Rimes's ''Lady & Gentlemen'' album is an entire album built around singing typically male-narrated country songs from a female perspective.
3rd Jul '16 2:46:41 PM gewunomox
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* "Me And Bobby [=McGee=]" (Music/KrisKristofferson, Roger Miller, Music/JanisJoplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Music/JoanBaez, JohnnyCash)
* "House of the Rising Sun" is an interesting case. Originally written from the perspective of a woman who falls for a drunken gambler and ends up becoming a prostitute, many male artists have altered it to be from the gambler's perspective. Some versions, however, juggle the narration between both characters, and some male artists like BobDylan averted this trope altogether and used the original female lyrics.

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* "Me And Bobby [=McGee=]" (Music/KrisKristofferson, Roger Miller, Music/JanisJoplin, Jerry Lee Lewis, Music/JoanBaez, JohnnyCash)
Music/JohnnyCash)
* "House of the Rising Sun" is an interesting case. Originally written from the perspective of a woman who falls for a drunken gambler and ends up becoming a prostitute, many male artists have altered it to be from the gambler's perspective. Some versions, however, juggle the narration between both characters, and some male artists like BobDylan Music/BobDylan averted this trope altogether and used the original female lyrics.
22nd Jun '16 10:49:18 PM MikeK
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* Music/MaryLambert's version of "Jessie's Girl", making it seem like a song about a lesbian developing a crush on her straight friend's new girlfriend. No doubt intentional, as the artist is openly gay.

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* Music/MaryLambert's version of "Jessie's Girl", making it seem like a song about a lesbian developing a crush on her straight male friend's new girlfriend. No doubt intentional, as the artist is openly gay.
22nd Jun '16 10:44:30 PM MikeK
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* Music/MaryLambert's version of "Jessie's Girl", making it seem like a song about a lesbian developing a crush on her straight friend's new girlfriend. No doubt intentional, as the artist is openly gay.
21st Jun '16 2:04:30 PM gewunomox
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* {{Tiffany}} covered the Beatles with "I Saw Him Standing There."

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* {{Tiffany}} Music/{{Tiffany}} covered the Beatles with "I Saw Him Standing There."
20th Jun '16 3:44:37 AM Wageslav
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Sex is quite possibly the most common barrier. Many songs (particularly ones about [[SillyLoveSongs love]] or [[IntercourseWithYou sex]]), are unambiguously addressed to a woman or a man, or specifically sung from a male or female perspective. While it's not uncommon for musicians to perform songs "in-character" rather than as themselves, some people can't accept an artist singing from the viewpoint of a different gender or sexual orientation than their own. (Consider Janis Joplin's 1969 cover of J. Robbie Robertson's ballad of the Civil War "The Might They Drove Old Dixie down," where Joplin sings. "I met my wife in Tennessee...") So, when covering a song that was originally sung by a member of the opposite sex, what's a singer to do?

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Sex is quite possibly the most common barrier. Many songs (particularly ones about [[SillyLoveSongs love]] or [[IntercourseWithYou sex]]), are unambiguously addressed to a woman or a man, or specifically sung from a male or female perspective. While it's not uncommon for musicians to perform songs "in-character" rather than as themselves, some people can't accept an artist singing from the viewpoint of a different gender or sexual orientation than their own. (Consider Janis Joplin's 1969 cover of J. Robbie Robertson's ballad of the Civil War "The Might They Drove Old Dixie down," where Joplin sings. "I met my wife in Tennessee...") So, when covering a song that was originally sung by a member of the opposite sex, what's a singer to do?
8th Jun '16 7:39:16 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* "Mr. Sandman" was originally performed by The Chordettes with the desired "dream" (a.k.a. love interest) being a "he." In The Four Aces' version (it is this version [[MisterSandmanSequence which is heard in]] ''Film/BackToTheFuture''), the "dream" is a "she."

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* "Mr. Sandman" was originally performed recorded by The Chordettes Vaughn Monroe with the desired "dream" (a.k.a. love interest) being a "he." In "she". The Chordettes' [[CoveredUp much more famous cover]] switches it to a "he" and describes it as having "a lonely heart like Pagliacci, and lots of wavy hair like Liberace". The Four Aces' version (it is this version own cover, [[MisterSandmanSequence which is heard used in]] ''Film/BackToTheFuture''), ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', keeps the "dream" is a "she."original feminine gender.
8th Jun '16 7:23:57 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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Change the lyrics, of course! Most of the time this will entail no more than switching a couple of pronouns (a man w3ould sing "and you're having my baby" while the woman might sing it "and I'm having my baby" or change it to "and I'm having ''our'' baby") or changing "boy" to "girl" (or vice versa) but in some cases it can require a much more extensive rewrite. Another common way of doing this is giving the song a PerspectiveFlip - i.e. "then he kissed me" becomes "then I kissed her."

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Change the lyrics, of course! Most of the time this will entail no more than switching a couple of pronouns (a man w3ould would sing "and you're having my baby" while the woman might sing it "and I'm having my baby" or change it to "and I'm having ''our'' baby") or changing "boy" to "girl" (or vice versa) but in some cases it can require a much more extensive rewrite. Another common way of doing this is giving the song a PerspectiveFlip - i.e. "then he kissed me" becomes "then I kissed her."
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