Quotes / The Cover Changes the Meaning

"I have sung this song for a long time. I first heard it as a raucous sea shanty and years later I changed it into a girly love song. I have been in bother for doing this, but as a wise man once said "an unchanging tradition is a dying one". This is the reason that there are so many versions of all the old songs; each time they were passed on they were changed slightly, why stop now?"
Kate Rusby, regarding "The Wild Goose", 10 liner notes

"I thought this song was about a baby."
Mercedes Jones, regarding the Glee cover of "Isn't She Lovely."

"When Prudence sings "I Want to Hold Your Hand," for example, I realized how wrong I was to ever think that was a happy song. It's not happy if it's a hand you are never, never, never going to hold."

"Oh, I know Hamlet. And what he might say with irony, I say with conviction: 'What a piece of work is man! How noble in reason! How infinite in faculty! In form, in moving, how express and admirable! In action, how like an angel! In apprehension, how like a god!'"
Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation, "Hide and Q"