This week I’ll be sharing some of the covers that have most intrigued me over the years. I’m starting with the one that has probably delighted me more than any other.
Found on the album Cover Girl, Shawn Colvin’s ‘Every Little Thing [He] Does is Magic’ is a perfect example of what a good cover should be. It captures all the things that work best about the original, then it offers surprises and twists that make it the cover artist’s own.
The first time I heard today’s SOTD, I couldn’t stop grinning. Literally. And I have the same reaction every single time I hear it. Something in the way she plucks the guitar to create a sort of staccato rhythm to accompany her lilting voice makes me feel as though I’m eavesdropping on this woman as she recognizes just how much in love she is. And the feeling is outrageously contagious. This is one of those songs I can play over and over and over again.
As much as I love the original song by The Police, I love Shawn Colvin’s take on it even more.
Of the feelings I have for (him) in my heart
Every time that I come near (him)
I just lose my nerve
As I’ve done from the start
Every little thing (he) does is magic
Everything he do just turns me on
Even though my life before was tragic
Now I know my love for (him) goes on
Do I have to tell the story
Of a thousand rainy days
Since we first met
It’s a big enough umbrella
But it’s always me that ends up getting wet
I resolve to call (him) up a thousand times a day
And ask (him) if (he’ll) marry me in some old fashioned way
But my silent fears have gripped me
Long before I reach the phone
Long before my tongue has tripped me
Must I always be alone?