Song of the Day #3,651: ‘Like a Tree’ – Passiflora

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Song of the Day #3,650: ‘Quiero Ver’ – Café Surá

It’s time for my annual family vacation! This year we head to Costa Rica, so the next two weeks of songs (Random Weekends aside) will feature artists from that Central American country.

Pura vida… see you in two weeks!

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Song of the Day #3,649: ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ – Frank Sinatra

How about a little Cole Porter to close out your weekend? And not just Cole Porter, but Cole Porter performed by Ol’ Blue Eyes, the Chairman of the Board, the one and only Frank Sinatra.

This version of ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin,’ the most famous, was orchestrated by Nelson Riddle and is notable for the rousing instrumental crescendo and trombone solo that kick off the song’s second minute.

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Song of the Day #3,648: ‘Runaway Train’ – Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley’s 2013 album Wheelhouse followed a string of critically and commercially successful releases matched by few in the music business.

It isn’t as good as the albums it followed, and it is probably best known for including ‘Accidental Racist,’ a song I’m sure Paisley has regretted ever since the first copy was pressed.

Wheelhouse was the first Paisley album to not reach at least Gold status, and his subsequent releases have failed to hit that mark as well.

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Song of the Day #3,647: ‘Suspicious Minds’ – My Morning Jacket

My final My Morning Jacket cover is a take on Elvis Presley’s classic ‘Suspicious Minds.’

This is a rather upbeat song, but My Morning Jacket does with it what they do with pretty much every song they cover — turn it into a melancholy dirge. Jim James’ voice is just naturally mournful.

[Verse 1]
We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby

Why can’t you see
What you’re doing to me
When you don’t believe a word I say?

[Chorus]
We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds

[Verse 2]
So, if an old friend I know
Drops by to say hello
Would I still see suspicion in your eyes?

Here we go again
Asking where I’ve been
You can’t see these tears are real
I’m crying

[Chorus]
We can’t go on together
With suspicious minds
And we can’t build our dreams
On suspicious minds

[Bridge]
Oh let our love survive
Or dry the tears from your eyes
Let’s don’t let a good thing die
When honey, you know
I’ve never lied to you
Mmm yeah, yeah

[Verse 1]
We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby

Why can’t you see
What you’re doing to me
When you don’t believe a word I say

[Outro]
Don’t you know
We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby
Don’t you know
We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby
Don’t you know
We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby
Don’t you know
We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby
Don’t you know
We’re caught in a trap
I can’t walk out
Because I love you too much baby…

Song of the Day #3,646: ‘You’re a Big Girl Now’ – My Morning Jacket

My Morning Jacket has covered Prince more than any other act, in part because ‘Purple Rain’ is a staple in their live shows and in part because they did many tributes to His Purple Highness following his death.

Second to Prince among MMJ live covers is Bob Dylan, whose songs both famous and obscure have found their way into setlists. But the band has recorded Dylan songs in the studio setting as well.

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Song of the Day #3,645: ‘Rocket Man (Live)’ – My Morning Jacket

A couple of days after yesterday’s performance, My Morning Jacket played a New Year’s Eve show in Boston and delivered this splendid cover of Elton John’s classic ‘Rocket Man.’

According to setlist.fm, Elton John is MMJ’s ninth most covered artist. They’ve played ‘Rocket Man’ 16 times between 2000 and 2016.

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