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Fuck.  Yeah. 

I always felt Haley Reinhart had potential, but early on she did not know what the fuck she was doing.  I think doing duets with Casey Abrams helped her find her musical footing. 

Also, I was not overly familiar with the song before, but BRB getting every single version of it now.  Fascinating history, as it's a genuine folk song, author unknown:
The gender of the singer is flexible. Earlier versions of the song are often sung from the female perspective, a woman who followed a drunk or a gambler to New Orleans and became a prostitute in the House of the Rising Sun (or, depending on one's interpretation, an inmate in a prison of the same name), such as in Joan Baez's version on her self-titled 1960 debut album, as was Jody Miller's 1973 single. The Animals version was sung from a perspective of a male, warning about gambling and drinking. Bob Dylan's 1962 version and Shawn Mullins' recent covered version on his album 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor is sung from the female perspective.

Date: 2011-05-05 04:30 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-05-05 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intertribal.livejournal.com
Watch her get eliminated tonight!

Date: 2011-05-05 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samhenderson.livejournal.com
OH GOD YEAH. I love the way she PINGS "it's BEEN the ruin."

I have been begging our choir director to let us do a mashup of HOTRS and Amazing Grace; I don't think it's going to happen.

Thanks for posting that!

Date: 2011-05-05 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intertribal.livejournal.com
You're welcome! Yeah, I thought of Amazing Grace too. Is there a mashup in existence or would you have to write it yourself?

Date: 2011-05-10 07:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] samhenderson.livejournal.com
Because either song works with either tune, there are various versions, but the best I've heard is the Blind Boys of Alabama - here's a performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDSZrB0vEKQ&feature=related

Date: 2011-05-05 11:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royinpink.livejournal.com
Yeah, I grew up with the Animals version of that song and later got Dylan's version, too, and learned the story of how he sorta stole the arrangement. Had to play it in piano, too. I thought everyone knew that song, haha. 'Sa good one.

Date: 2011-05-06 02:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intertribal.livejournal.com
Well, you know me and my lack of knowledge of old songs :P This is actually something I'm trying to fix, but it's slow-going. I like the Animals version a lot though. I have three versions now, muahahaha.

Date: 2011-05-06 06:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] royinpink.livejournal.com
Btw, I have a hard time accessing LJ now that my VPN is expired. Only get basic HTML, which fucks up the layout/formatting/whatever, and it takes at least five minutes to load anything.

Sorry my comments lately are like "You don't know that????" I swear I have more substantial things to say... just no time. :P

I like the song better from the girl's perspective, though I wish I had a girl singing it...

Date: 2011-05-06 01:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] intertribal.livejournal.com
It's cool, it's cool.

Well, Dolly Parton sings it, and Marianne Faithful (I like her version - not so much a fan of Dolly's), but I don't have her version unfortunately. If I run across any good ones I'll send them your way.

My mom saw your UNL app, btw. She got all excited.

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