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#1 | Back to Top09-30-2015 04:13:41 AM

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Favorite Perspective-Changed Songs (Stories, Movies, Etc)

What are your favorite songs that used to have a different perspective? Girls Just Want to Have Fun was, originally, some guy lamenting how he wants to settle down but girls are flighty and shit and just DTF. There are, traditionally, two forms of Delia, the ones from Delia's perspective and those from the viewpoint of the boyfriend/husband who has to kill his no good, wicked, gambling, rambling woman and, then.... there's Bob Dylan's, from the perspective of one of the other guys she hung out with. The two brilliantly different songs called Jolene, about the same woman. Respect is different, sung by Aretha Franklin, than when Otis Redding did it, but Crimson and Clover is essentially the same when Joan Jett does it or when it's a dude, because the perspective hasn't appreciably shifted. Even when the Beatles changed a couple pronouns, Boys does become different, though, than when girl groups sing it. And, when they just go whole hog...

And, sometimes it works out in other forms of entertainment, too. There's a great version of John Carpenter's The Thing and its source short story, wherein we follow the alien as it is being various people and animals and just trying to communicate and make peace by being everybody else.


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#2 | Back to Top10-01-2015 12:07:41 PM

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Re: Favorite Perspective-Changed Songs (Stories, Movies, Etc)

What pops into my mind is this cover of Hozier's "Take Me to Church" by Neon Jungle. They're a group of girls but they keep the pronoun 'she' so the cover sounds really gay 8)

And makes for really good SKU amvs.


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#3 | Back to Top10-21-2015 08:58:25 PM

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Re: Favorite Perspective-Changed Songs (Stories, Movies, Etc)

Every Breath You Take, the song by The Police, is originally about a stalker but virtually everyone thinks it is a love song and it's often covered as such. Which raises some interesting questions.

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#4 | Back to Top10-22-2015 12:24:59 AM

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Re: Favorite Perspective-Changed Songs (Stories, Movies, Etc)

Nocturnalux wrote:

Every Breath You Take, the song by The Police, is originally about a stalker but virtually everyone thinks it is a love song and it's often covered as such. Which raises some interesting questions.

Sting, apparently, has done it live replacing "I'll be watching you" with "The fucking stalker song," and other lyrical alterations that just break down the song.


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#5 | Back to Top10-22-2015 11:56:00 AM

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Re: Favorite Perspective-Changed Songs (Stories, Movies, Etc)

Heh, that's hilarious. I always throught the lyrics were disturbing long before I knew that I was actually right.

Another example is the soap opera, All In The Family. From what I've heard, the main character was meant to lampoon bigotry in general but somehow he became extremely popular with some of the audience who identified themselves with his snarky ways.

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