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17th May '18 4:23:26 PM twilicorn
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* "What's the Use of Won'drin" from Theatre/{{Carousel}}: Music/AmandaPalmer's cover is a depiction of domestic violence and misogyny. Even when done straight, ValuesDissonance makes it pretty hard not to see the song any other way. The creepy music box style Amanda does it in makes it even more obvious, though. At some points in the song, a woman can be heard faintly sobbing.

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* "What's the Use of Won'drin" from Theatre/{{Carousel}}: ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'': Music/AmandaPalmer's cover is a depiction of domestic violence and misogyny. Even when done straight, ValuesDissonance makes it pretty hard not to see the song any other way. The creepy music box style Amanda does it in makes it even more obvious, though. At some points in the song, a woman can be heard faintly sobbing.



* "Word Up" by Cameo is a flashy dance riff filled with braggadoccio. It's all about the "Look at me, Ladies!" vibe.
** The version by Country-Soul artist Willis, however, sounds haunting and desperate.

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* "Word Up" by Cameo is a flashy dance riff filled with braggadoccio. It's all about the "Look at me, Ladies!" vibe.
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vibe. The version by Country-Soul artist Willis, however, sounds haunting and desperate.



* "Zombie:" Music/TheCranberries's original was a ProtestSong again the Troubles in Northern Ireland; Bad Wolves' cover keeps it anti-war but changes a few lyrics (notably "with their bombs" becomes "with their ''drones''") to make the focus TheWarOnTerror.

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* "Zombie:" Music/TheCranberries's original was a ProtestSong again the Troubles against UsefulNotes/TheTroubles in Northern Ireland; Bad Wolves' cover keeps it anti-war but changes a few lyrics (notably "with their bombs" becomes "with their ''drones''") to make the focus TheWarOnTerror.
8th May '18 5:53:56 AM VoxAquila
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* "Zombie:" Music/TheCranberries's original was a ProtestSong again the Troubles in Northern Ireland; Bad Wolves' cover keeps it anti-war but changes a few lyrics (notably "with their bombs" becomes "with their ''drones''") to make the focus TheWarOnTerror.
7th May '18 4:08:28 AM jormis29
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* "Fields of Athenry" is typically played by bands like the Dubliners as a sad, wistful ballad about carrying on in the face of a sad parting. The Music/DropkickMurphys turn it into an enraged rant against an uncaring and destructive government. It's amazing how differently one can interpret a line like "Against the famine and the crown/I rebelled, they cut me down/Now you must raise our child with dignity."

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* "Fields of Athenry" is typically played by bands like the Dubliners Music/TheDubliners as a sad, wistful ballad about carrying on in the face of a sad parting. The Music/DropkickMurphys turn it into an enraged rant against an uncaring and destructive government. It's amazing how differently one can interpret a line like "Against the famine and the crown/I rebelled, they cut me down/Now you must raise our child with dignity."
26th Apr '18 7:05:43 AM twilicorn
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** Additionally, the original appearance of the song in the film ''Neptune's Daughter'' has it sung alternately between two couples, one with the man pursuing the woman and the other with the woman pursuing the man. Unfortunately, the cover most often played on the radio omits the GenderFlip, thereby eliminating the comedic juxtaposition and creating the UnfortunateImplications the song is most famous for nowadays.

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** Additionally, the original appearance of the song in the film ''Neptune's Daughter'' has it sung alternately between two couples, one with the man pursuing the woman and the other with the woman pursuing the man. Unfortunately, the cover most often played on the radio omits the GenderFlip, thereby eliminating the comedic juxtaposition and creating the UnfortunateImplications the song is most famous for nowadays. [[MindScrew Also, cold weather isn't involved in this context at all, seeing as they're in California in the summer.]]
19th Apr '18 3:01:47 PM Angeldeb82
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** The best example has to be "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'', which John Lennon originally wrote about his obsession with Yoko Ono. ''Across the Universe'' had it sung by army recruitment officers (who happen to live right in the middle of the UncannyValley) as Max is being drafted. Towards the end of the song, the drafted soldiers are carrying the statue of Liberty as a battering ram through the Vietnamese jungle while they lament "She's so HEAVY!". [[CaptainObvious It is very symbolic]].

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** The best example has to be "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" from ''Music/AbbeyRoad'', which John Lennon originally wrote about his obsession with Yoko Ono. ''Across the Universe'' had it sung by army recruitment officers (who happen to live right in the middle of the UncannyValley) as Max is being drafted. Towards the end of the song, the drafted soldiers are carrying the statue of Liberty as a battering ram through the Vietnamese jungle while they lament "She's so HEAVY!". HEAVY!" [[CaptainObvious It is very symbolic]].symbolic.]]



* Jad Fair and Daniel Johnson's cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows" turns what was merely a trippy ode to LSD into a song about ''demon possession''. [[NightmareFuel The lyrics fit unsettlingly well]].

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* Jad Fair and Daniel Johnson's cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows" turns what was merely a trippy ode to LSD into a song about ''demon possession''. [[NightmareFuel The lyrics fit unsettlingly well]]. well.]]



** Notably, the Music/JonasBrothers' cover of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid "Poor Unfortunate Souls"]] gets a lot creepier with a gender flip. When a noticeably villainous female is telling you to "hold [your] tongue" to get guys to like you, you know it's not true. (Well, except that in RealLife it sometimes is....) When hot boys are singing it, and the hot boys are supposed to be virgin icons of teen hormones... yeah. And the slight change of lyrics in the first verse ("well, a witch" being changed to "kinda strange" and "magic" being changed to "secret") makes the song sound like a drug dealer talking about his customers. Of course, the video [[MusicVideoOvershadowing makes the changes more positive]] - what was a song about making a DealWithTheDevil becomes a song about how adults are forbidding kids to play in a pool, making them [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin poor unfortunate souls]].

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** Notably, the Music/JonasBrothers' cover of [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid "Poor Unfortunate Souls"]] gets a lot creepier with a gender flip. When a noticeably villainous female is telling you to "hold [your] tongue" to get guys to like you, you know it's not true. (Well, except that in RealLife it sometimes is....) When hot boys are singing it, and the hot boys are supposed to be virgin icons of teen hormones... yeah. And the slight change of lyrics in the first verse ("well, a witch" being changed to "kinda strange" strange", "switch" being changed to "change", and "magic" being changed to "secret") makes the song sound like a drug dealer talking about his customers. Of course, the video [[MusicVideoOvershadowing makes the changes more positive]] - what was a song about making a DealWithTheDevil becomes a song about how adults are forbidding kids to play in a pool, making them [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin poor unfortunate souls]].
15th Apr '18 5:49:06 PM SweetFirefly
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* "La Solitudine", by Italian singer Laura Pausini, it's a sad song about a girl and a boy who are separated when the boy has to move away with his family. When sung by notoriously gay Brazilian singer Renato Russo, the song appears to be about a young homosexual couple who is kept apart by the homophobia of one of their families.

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* "La Solitudine", by Italian singer Laura Pausini, it's a sad song about a girl and a boy who are separated when the boy has to move away with his family. When sung by notoriously gay bisexual Brazilian singer Renato Russo, the song appears to be about a young homosexual couple who is kept apart by the homophobia of one of their families.
15th Apr '18 5:13:49 PM twilicorn
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* "Only Girl (In the World)" by Music/{{Rihanna}}: The original comes off as a girl telling her boyfriend that he will spoil her and make her feel special or else there's no more relationship. Music/BoyceAvenue's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cVZuJP6YRU cover]] changes the perspective to a guy singing to a girl about how he chooses to make her feel so special. This changes it from a spoiled woman demanding worship to a man devoting himself to his beloved. In addition, the cover changes the music from a club-type music to a romantic tone. A similar premise was done by Music/OneDirection when they covered the song on ''Series/TheXFactor''.

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* "Only Girl (In the World)" by Music/{{Rihanna}}: The original comes off as a girl telling her boyfriend that he will spoil her and make her feel special or else there's no more relationship. relationship.
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Music/BoyceAvenue's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cVZuJP6YRU cover]] changes the perspective to a guy singing to a girl about how he chooses to make her feel so special. This changes it from a spoiled woman demanding worship to a man devoting himself to his beloved. In addition, the cover changes the music from a club-type music to a romantic tone. tone.
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A similar premise was done by Music/OneDirection when they covered the song on ''Series/TheXFactor''.



* ''The Hamilton Mixtape'' featured reimaginings of several of the songs from ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''. While most aren't straight covers, and some only take a single line or two and remix it, they tend to use similar music in vastly different arrangements, so they still (somewhat) count:

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* ''The Hamilton Mixtape'' featured reimaginings of several of the songs from ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}''. [[RewrittenPopVersion While most aren't straight covers, and some only take a single line or two and remix it, they tend to use similar music in vastly different arrangements, so they still (somewhat) count:count:]]


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* In 2018, Music/BobDylan and Music/StVincent among others contributed to a multi-artist album that essentially reinterpreted famous wedding songs with LGBT twists. The intent of the album was so these songs could easily be played at same-sex weddings.
9th Apr '18 3:23:12 PM LaptopGuy
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* "Only Girl (In the World)" by Music/{{Rihanna}}: The original comes off as a girl telling her boyfriend that he will spoil her and make her feel special or else there's no more relationship. Music/BoyceAvenue's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cVZuJP6YRU cover]] changes the perspective to a guy singing to a girl about how he chooses to make her feel so special. This changes it from a spoiled woman demanding worship to a man devoting himself to his beloved. In addition, the cover changes the music from a club-type music to a romantic tone.

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* "Only Girl (In the World)" by Music/{{Rihanna}}: The original comes off as a girl telling her boyfriend that he will spoil her and make her feel special or else there's no more relationship. Music/BoyceAvenue's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8cVZuJP6YRU cover]] changes the perspective to a guy singing to a girl about how he chooses to make her feel so special. This changes it from a spoiled woman demanding worship to a man devoting himself to his beloved. In addition, the cover changes the music from a club-type music to a romantic tone. A similar premise was done by Music/OneDirection when they covered the song on ''Series/TheXFactor''.
18th Mar '18 8:09:51 PM PaulA
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* "Can't Buy Me Love" by Music/TheBeatles is about a young man who doesn't care about money because the important things in life aren't for sale. Creator/PeterSellers' joke cover is about a rich woman explaining to her suitor that he can't win her over with expensive gifts ("money can't buy ''me'', love") because she already has so much.
18th Mar '18 12:18:58 PM Twentington
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* "Ring On Her Finger, Time on Her Hands" by Lee Greenwood: Although the only lyrical change was changing the pronouns to first person, RebaMcEntire's cover, taking on the female perspective, changes the song from a song of regret as told by a now-enlightened-too-late husband (as in Greenwood's version) to a long-neglected housewife who is forgotten about by a frequently absent, cold, emotionally distant and uncaring husband, and that even thought she knew it was wrong, she justifies her decision to turn to another man to fulfill her sexual needs. Despite changing the hook to "Ring on My Finger, Time on My Hands", the song still kept the original title on the album and single releases, and on its chart entry.

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* "Ring On Her Finger, Time on Her Hands" by Lee Greenwood: Although the only lyrical change was changing the pronouns to first person, RebaMcEntire's Music/RebaMcEntire's cover, taking on the female perspective, changes the song from a song of regret as told by a now-enlightened-too-late husband (as in Greenwood's version) to a long-neglected housewife who is forgotten about by a frequently absent, cold, emotionally distant and uncaring husband, and that even thought she knew it was wrong, she justifies her decision to turn to another man to fulfill her sexual needs. Despite changing the hook to "Ring on My Finger, Time on My Hands", the song still kept the original title on the album and single releases, and on its chart entry.
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