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8th Dec '17 9:32:02 AM nombretomado
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** The pop version by DemiLovato changes the context further to be about letting go of a broken relationship.

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** The pop version by DemiLovato Music/DemiLovato changes the context further to be about letting go of a broken relationship.
1st Dec '17 11:15:31 AM twilicorn
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* "Baby, It's Cold Outside": This Christmas (or rather, Winter, as the closest thing there is to a mention of Christmas is repeated references to a snowstorm) song has been covered numerous times over the years. Depending on the chemistry between the male and female[[note]]or [[Series/{{Glee}} gay male]][[/note]] singers in the duet, it can come across as anything between a welcome seduction and the lead-in to a date rape (its writers intended the former).
** The version by [[Creator/ZooeyDeschanel She & Him]] ends up flipping the genders of the speakers, thus adding another interpretation of the woman trying to seduce the man. Meaghan Smith performed a similar cover.

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* "Baby, It's Cold Outside": This Christmas (or rather, Winter, as the closest thing there is to a mention of Christmas is repeated references to a snowstorm) song has been covered numerous times over the years. Depending on the chemistry between the male and female[[note]]or [[Series/{{Glee}} (if you're listening to the ''Series/{{Glee}}'' version) gay male]][[/note]] male[[/note]] singers in the duet, it can come across as anything between a welcome seduction and the lead-in to a date rape (its writers intended the former).
** The version by [[Creator/ZooeyDeschanel At least two versions - the She & Him]] ends Him (Creator/ZooeyDeschanel's band with M. Ward) cover and the Meaghan Smith cover - end up flipping the genders of the speakers, thus adding another interpretation of the woman trying to seduce the man. Meaghan Smith performed a similar cover.man.
26th Nov '17 4:34:19 PM nombretomado
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* {{Hong Kong}}ers use this trope very frequently.

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* {{Hong UsefulNotes/{{Hong Kong}}ers use this trope very frequently.
25th Nov '17 12:59:25 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''Film/{{Fame}}''[[mote]]Not to be confused with the Music/DavidBowie song of the same name.[[/note]]: Amy Gerhatz and John Roberts take this peppy, upbeat number about wanting to be famous and turn it into a tragic, desperate song about needing to be ubiquitous. It doesn't help that it was used in the trailer for a Lifetime movie about Anna Nicole Smith.

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* ''Film/{{Fame}}''[[mote]]Not ''Film/{{Fame}}''[[note]]Not to be confused with the Music/DavidBowie song of the same name.[[/note]]: Amy Gerhatz and John Roberts take this peppy, upbeat number about wanting to be famous and turn it into a tragic, desperate song about needing to be ubiquitous. It doesn't help that it was used in the trailer for a Lifetime movie about Anna Nicole Smith.
24th Nov '17 11:45:03 AM Pichu-kun
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* "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen has had several covers that all have different tones. Cohen's version is dispassionate. John Cale's version is sincere. Jeff Buckley's version is sexy. Guy Garvey's version is more regal. And so on and so forth.
** Of course, since the original version of the song has ''80'' verses, it's fairly easy to pick and choose tone - though most covers follow John Cale's example.

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* "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen has had several covers that all have different tones. Cohen's version is dispassionate. John Cale's version is sincere. Jeff Buckley's version is sexy. Guy Garvey's version is more regal. And so on and so forth.
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forth. Of course, since the original version of the song has ''80'' verses, it's fairly easy to pick and choose tone - though most covers follow John Cale's example.



* "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Music/DuranDuran: Music/ReelBigFish turns it from an IntercourseWithYou song into a surprisingly Stalkerish Ska song through the magic of LyricalDissonance, a jazzy scat section, and a crazy MotorMouth section of singing. The whole effect makes it seem like a happy murderous Schizophrenic wants to eat you.

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* "Hungry Like The Wolf" by Music/DuranDuran: Music/DuranDuran:
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Music/ReelBigFish turns it from an IntercourseWithYou song into a surprisingly Stalkerish Ska song through the magic of LyricalDissonance, a jazzy scat section, and a crazy MotorMouth section of singing. The whole effect makes it seem like a happy murderous Schizophrenic wants to eat you.you.
** Hidden Citizen's cover makes it sound like a MurderBallad from the POV of a monster or stalker.


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* Hidden Citizens has an album where they reinterpret songs in more dramatic and scarier interpretations. "I Ran (So Far Away)" becomes about running for your life, "Somebody's Watching Me" becomes about trying to escape a murderer, while "I (Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight" is about someone ''literally'' dying.
* Music/KidzBop is a series of albums that have kids singing popular songs. They {{Bowdlerise}} the lyrics for preteens. However, this often ends up changing the theme of the song:
** Music/{{Drake}}'s "Hotline Bling" is about the singer reminiscing about their ex and how she would call him for sex. The Kidz Bop covers changes the lyrics and removes one entire portion of the song. It's now about a long-distance relationship.
** DNCE's song "Cake By The Ocean" is an IntercourseWithYou song (think "sex on the beach"). The Kidz Bop version is about ''literally'' eating cake by the ocean.
24th Nov '17 4:38:47 AM CaptainTedium
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* ''Film/{{Fame}}'': Amy Gerhatz and John Roberts take this peppy, upbeat number about wanting to be famous and turn it into a tragic, desperate song about needing to be ubiquitous. It doesn't help that it was used in the trailer for a Lifetime movie about Anna Nicole Smith.

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* ''Film/{{Fame}}'': ''Film/{{Fame}}''[[mote]]Not to be confused with the Music/DavidBowie song of the same name.[[/note]]: Amy Gerhatz and John Roberts take this peppy, upbeat number about wanting to be famous and turn it into a tragic, desperate song about needing to be ubiquitous. It doesn't help that it was used in the trailer for a Lifetime movie about Anna Nicole Smith.
21st Nov '17 6:34:56 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Red Hot + Blue'' AIDS benefit compilation consists of reinterpretations of ColePorter songs. For example, {{Erasure}}'s version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyWArxIbn7w Too Darn Hot]] from ''Theatre/KissMeKate''.

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* The ''Red Hot + Blue'' AIDS benefit compilation consists of reinterpretations of ColePorter Music/ColePorter songs. For example, {{Erasure}}'s version of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IyWArxIbn7w Too Darn Hot]] from ''Theatre/KissMeKate''.
11th Nov '17 5:26:46 PM Pichu-kun
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* "Billie Jean" by Music/MichaelJackson: Music/ChrisCornell's cover changes the tone of the song from a catchy dance song in which the singer seems to (at least try to) dismiss the titular character as crazy [[note]](considering the original inspiration of a fan letter that made this very allegation of Jackson himself)[[/note]] to a mournful, emotional song where the singer must face what he knows to be true.

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* "Billie Jean" by Music/MichaelJackson: Music/MichaelJackson:
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Music/ChrisCornell's cover changes the tone of the song from a catchy dance song in which the singer seems to (at least try to) dismiss the titular character as crazy [[note]](considering the original inspiration of a fan letter that made this very allegation of Jackson himself)[[/note]] to a mournful, emotional song where the singer must face what he knows to be true.true.
** In the original song, it leans towards the interpretation that the baby isn't the singers. [=EDEN=]'s cover sounds more like the singer is denying his previous relationship/fling and refuses to acknowledge their son.



* "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)" by The Crystals. The original was sung in a way that is easily interpreted as sincere.
** This sincerity was apparently not the intent of the ''writers'' -- Music/CaroleKing and Gerry Goffin wrote it in response to finding out that Little Eva (who was moonlighting as their babysitter at the time) had an abusive boyfriend.
** Music/GrizzlyBear then covered the song and made it haunting and tragic. Also, Grizzly Bear's lead singer is male.

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* "He Hit Me (It Felt Like a Kiss)" by The Crystals. The original was sung in a way that is easily interpreted as sincere. \n** This sincerity was apparently not the intent of the ''writers'' -- Music/CaroleKing and Gerry Goffin wrote it in response to finding out that Little Eva (who was moonlighting as their babysitter at the time) had an abusive boyfriend.
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boyfriend. Music/GrizzlyBear then covered the song and made it haunting and tragic. Also, Grizzly Bear's lead singer is male.


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* "Hellfire" from ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' is a VillainSong about a religious man obsessing over a woman. [[TheCoverChangesTheGender Female covers]] such as [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uINqPnR1BNw Annapantsu's]] cover tweak the meaning. Not only is the singer freaking out over their "sinful" lustful feelings, but they're also homosexual feelings. On top of the {{gayngst}}, there are underones of ArmouredClosetGay as well.
24th Oct '17 10:14:19 AM Twentington
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* "Always On My Mind":

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* "Always On My Mind":Mind": The original, made famous by Music/WillieNelson, is about a man who feels regret for a lost love, saying that she was "always on [his] mind".
24th Oct '17 10:12:03 AM Twentington
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* "Sweet Music Man" by Music/KennyRogers is about a man who feels conflict over the tumult of the music industry, with stern but loving odes to Music/WaylonJennings in the process.
** The subsequent covers all by female artists (R&B singer Millie Jackson and country singer Music/RebaMcEntire) change it to a woman showing conflict, yet also moral support, for a man who wants to chase his musical career. (This doesn't qualify as a TheCoverChangesTheGender as, other than removing the intro, their versions don't change any lyrics.)
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