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10th May '16 1:08:20 PM Silverblade2
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* ''Series/Outlander'' 's opening song is the scottish folk song "The Skye Boat Song" but changes "Sing me a song of a ''lad'' that is gone" to "Sing me a song of a ''lass'' that is gone" probably because the protagonist is a woman.
5th May '16 1:35:53 PM aye_amber
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* JossStone covered Music/TheWhiteStripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl" as "Fell in Love With a Boy," despite the fact that it doesn't fit with the song's rhyme scheme.

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* JossStone Music/JossStone covered Music/TheWhiteStripes' "Fell in Love With a Girl" as "Fell in Love With a Boy," despite the fact that it doesn't fit with the song's rhyme scheme.
2nd May '16 1:46:37 AM aye_amber
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* The cover of Music/PublicEnemy's "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" by {{Tricky}} uses a female vocalist and doesn't change the lyrics, leading to Martina Topley-Bird repeatedly referring to herself as "a brother" and "a black man," and '''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead BEAVIS]]''' called her on it.

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* The cover of Music/PublicEnemy's "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" by {{Tricky}} ''Tricky'' uses a female vocalist and doesn't change the lyrics, leading to Martina Topley-Bird repeatedly referring to herself as "a brother" and "a black man," and '''[[WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead BEAVIS]]''' called her on it.
28th Apr '16 5:41:01 AM Tdarcos
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* A rather neat version, the female cover of "[[{{Seal}} Kiss from a Rose]]" as sung by Katherine Jenkins. "There is so much a man can tell you...," becomes "There is so much someone can tell you...,".

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* A rather neat version, the female cover of "[[{{Seal}} "[[Music/{{Seal}} Kiss from a Rose]]" as sung by Katherine Jenkins. "There is so much a man can tell you...," becomes "There is so much someone can tell you...,".
28th Apr '16 5:31:19 AM Tdarcos
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Change the lyrics, of course! Most of the time this will entail no more than switching a couple of pronouns 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 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."
28th Apr '16 5:20:59 AM Tdarcos
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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. 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?


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** However, Ertha Kitt simply changed two words to make it into a strong statement of a powerful woman, by only changing two words. Changing the title from "She's a Lady" to "I'm a Lady," and the line "and the lady is mine," to "and the lady is fine." And she definitely is!
26th Apr '16 2:19:46 AM aye_amber
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* The Kingston Trio's cover of [[http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/bogguss-suzy/someday-soon-4692.html "Someday Soon"]] is gender-flipped, and makes a lot more sense once you know that.

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* The Kingston Trio's cover of [[http://www."[[http://www.cowboylyrics.com/lyrics/bogguss-suzy/someday-soon-4692.html "Someday Soon"]] Someday Soon]]" is gender-flipped, and makes a lot more sense once you know that.
26th Apr '16 2:18:33 AM aye_amber
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* The Music/GirlsAloud cover of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus flips the gender, and breaks the rhyme scheme. "Dick" rhymes with "kick". "Bitch" doesn't.
** The {{Scala}} cover, on the other hand, averts this.
* Pandora's Box's recording of ''It Just Won't Quit'', a song originally written for MeatLoaf (their version was released first, though). It actually works out quite well, changing 'There used to be every hope in the world' to (slant) rhyme with 'girl', to 'There used to be every hope, every joy'.

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* The Music/GirlsAloud cover of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus Music/{{Wheatus}} flips the gender, and breaks the rhyme scheme. "Dick" rhymes with "kick". "Bitch" doesn't.
** The {{Scala}} Music/{{Scala}} cover, on the other hand, averts this.
* Pandora's Box's recording of ''It "It Just Won't Quit'', Quit," a song originally written for MeatLoaf Music/MeatLoaf (their version was released first, though). It actually works out quite well, changing 'There used to be every hope in the world' to (slant) rhyme with 'girl', to 'There to: "There used to be every hope, every joy'.joy."



** "Cathy's Clown," a cover of the Everly Brothers' 1960 No. 1 pop hit, was changed from first to [=McEntire=]'s sympathetic, third-party observation.
** "Ring On Her Finger, Time on Her Hands," covering LeeGreenwood's top 10 country single from 1982. The song's lyrics were changed to first person, with [=McEntire=] taking the role of the long-neglected housewife who is forgotten about by her frequently absent husband, and making the decision to turn to another man to fulfill her sexual needs. Oddly, even though this meant changing the hook to "Ring on ''My'' Finger, Time on ''My'' Hands", it still kept the original title on the album and on the charts.

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** "Cathy's Clown," a cover of the Everly Brothers' 1960 No. 1 pop hit, was changed from first to [=McEntire=]'s [=Mc=]Entire's sympathetic, third-party observation.
** "Ring On Her Finger, Time on Her Hands," covering LeeGreenwood's Music/LeeGreenwood's top 10 country single from 1982. The song's lyrics were changed to first person, with [=McEntire=] [=Mc=]Entire taking the role of the long-neglected housewife who is forgotten about by her frequently absent husband, and making the decision to turn to another man to fulfill her sexual needs. Oddly, even though this meant changing the hook to "Ring on ''My'' Finger, Time on ''My'' Hands", it still kept the original title on the album and on the charts.



* LydiaLunch's version of Classic IV's "Spooky" changes the lines "spooky little girl" and "when a fella looks at you" to "spooky little boy" and "when a girl looks at you." (DanielAsh's version also uses the "when a girl looks at you" variation while keeping the "spooky little girl" line to add a bit of LesYay.)
* Music/ShirleyBassey's cover of BenEKing's "I Who Have Nothing" is another perspective-flipped example.

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* LydiaLunch's Music/LydiaLunch's version of Classic IV's Music/ClassicIV's "Spooky" changes the lines "spooky little girl" and "when a fella looks at you" to "spooky little boy" and "when a girl looks at you." (DanielAsh's (Music/DanielAsh's version also uses the "when a girl looks at you" variation while keeping the "spooky little girl" line to add a bit of LesYay.)
* Music/ShirleyBassey's cover of BenEKing's ''Ben E. King'''s "I Who Have Nothing" is another perspective-flipped example.
25th Apr '16 12:39:25 PM DaibhidC
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* In Kirsty [=MacColl=]'s cover of BillyBragg's "A New England" the first verse changes "People ask when will I grow up to be a man/But all the girls I loved at school are already pushing prams" to "People ask when will I grow up to understand/Why all the girls I knew at school are already pushing prams" and "I put you on a pedestal, they put you on the pill" to "I put you on a pedestal, you put me on the pill". The line in the chorus "I'm just looking for another girl" becomes "Are you looking for another girl?"

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* In Kirsty [=MacColl=]'s Music/KirstyMacColl's cover of BillyBragg's Music/BillyBragg's "A New England" the first verse changes "People ask when will I grow up to be a man/But all the girls I loved at school are already pushing prams" to "People ask when will I grow up to understand/Why all the girls I knew at school are already pushing prams" and "I put you on a pedestal, they put you on the pill" to "I put you on a pedestal, you put me on the pill". The line in the chorus "I'm just looking for another girl" becomes "Are you looking for another girl?"
20th Apr '16 5:45:12 AM aye_amber
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* Bon Voyage (a female-fronted {{Starflyer 59}} side project) covered TheSmiths' "Girlfriend in a Coma" and didn't change a word.

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* Bon Voyage (a female-fronted {{Starflyer 59}} side project) covered TheSmiths' Music/TheSmiths' "Girlfriend in a Coma" and didn't change a word.
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