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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Song of the Day #3,644: ‘All Night Long (Live)’ – My Morning Jacket

When I happened upon yesterday’s My Morning Jacket version of John Denver’s ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane,’ I wound up crawling down a rabbit hole of other cover songs by the band.

While the band is lauded for its original songs, they clearly derive a lot of pleasure from playing the songs of others, particularly in their live shows. I’ll spend the rest of this week featuring a few of those performances.

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Song of the Day #3,643: ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ – My Morning Jacket

Good news for those of you waiting with bated breath for the results of my ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ poll — today a victor will be crowned!

You’ll also get to (or be forced to, depending on your perspective) hear one more rendition of the song. This one is by My Morning Jacket, from The Music is You: A Tribute to John Denver, an album of covers released in 2013.

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Song of the Day #3,047: ‘Knot Comes Loose’ – My Morning Jacket

my_morning_jacket_z‘Knot Comes Loose’ is the penultimate track on My Morning Jacket’s acclaimed 2005 album, Z. I first jumped on the MMJ bandwagon with the release of 2008’s Evil Urges and later bought Z to catch up on the band’s catalog.

This album didn’t grab me right away and, though I have bought a couple of My Morning Jacket releases in recent years, I abandoned any possibility of going all fanboy over them.

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Song of the Day #2,538: ‘Hillside Song’ – My Morning Jacket

my_morning_jacket_waterfallI’m catching up with a few new releases this week. I’ve bought nine albums in 2015 and posted songs from six of them, so here come the remaining three.

Unfortunately, the trend so far this year is disappointment, or at least new albums that don’t live up to their predecessors.

That’s certainly the case with My Morning Jacket’s Thee Waterfall, the band’s first album since 2011.

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