Song of the Day #1,771: ‘Back to Black’ – Beyoncé & Andre 3000

beyonce_gatsbyThe most buzzed-about contribution to The Great Gatsby soundtrack is a cover of Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ by Beyoncé and Outkast’s Andre 3000. I guess you can’t have Jay-Z produce your movie’s soundtrack and not hear from his lovely wife.

The cover generated some controversy when Winehouse’s father (who might be drinking as much as his daughter) took to Twitter to complain that Beyoncé recorded the song without his permission and should donate money to the Amy Winehouse Foundation to make up for it. He later retracted the comment and praised Beyoncé but stated that Andre 3000 should have cut his part.

I kind of see his point. I like Andre 3000’s verse, and the song’s overall production, but the track isn’t long enough to support both performances. Beyoncé nails her part, but it’s so short… I’d love to hear a version sung by only her.

[Verse 1: Andre 3000]
I, I, I left no time to regret
Kept my dick wet with that same old bet
Oooh you
You and your head high
And your tears dry
Get on without your guy
And I, I, I went back to a new
So far removed from all we been through
And you and you, you, you tread a troubled track
Your odds are always stacked
You’ll go back to black

[Hook: Andre 3000]
We only said goodbye with words
I know a hundred times
I go back to her and you go back to, you go back to

[Verse 2: Beyonce]
I, I loved you much
It’s not enough
I love blow and you love puff
And life, is like a pipe
And I’m a tiny penny rolling up the walls inside

[Hook: Beyonce]
We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her and I go back to
We only said goodbye with words
I died a hundred times
You go back to her
And I go back to, I go back to black


3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,771: ‘Back to Black’ – Beyoncé & Andre 3000

  1. Dana says:

    I may be wrong on this, but the only part I remember hearing in the movie was beyonce’s part. It worked quite well in the scene.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    I am a pretty big fan of Amy Winehouse and I can’t imagine why they thought they could improve on her song for the movie. This version is el stinko (in Ingles, this stinks). ‘Nuff said.

  3. Maddie says:

    I tend to agree with Andie that this version can’t compare to the raw emotion and greatness that is the original… but I appreciate the haunting quality it brings to the movie, so it works well in context. It has grown on me upon more listens.

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