Monday, April 20, 2009

Susan Boyle: "Cry Me a River"

(Image from Wikipedia)

By now, everybody's heard of Susan Boyle's triumph on Britain's Got Talent with her rendition of "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables -- she even earned a blog entry at Christianity Today -- but you might not yet have heard her singing Arthur Hamilton's weepy "Cry Me a River," which she recorded for a charity back in 1999 (and open two browsers to follow along as you listen):

Cry Me a River

(Arthur Hamilton)

Now, you say you're lonely.
You cry the long night through.
Come on and cry me a river,
Cry me a river,
I cried a river over you.

Now, you say you're sorry,
For being so untrue.
Come on and cry me a river,
Cry me a river,
I cried a river over you.

You drove me, nearly drove me out of my head,
Though you never shed a tear.
Remember? Remember all that you said.
Told me love was too plebian,
Told me you were through with me,

And now, you say you love me.
Well, just to prove you do,
Come on and cry me a river,
Cry me a river,
I cried a river over you.

You drove me, nearly drove me out of my head,
Though you never shed a tear.
Remember? I remember all that you said.
Told me love was too plebian,
Told me you were through with me,

And now, you say you love me.
Well, just to prove you do,
Come on and cry me a river,
Cry me a river,
I cried a river over you.
Hers is the best interpretation of this song that I've ever heard sung. If she comes out with a CD, I'll definitely purchase it, and rumor has it that Simon Cowell will be producing one. Now if you haven't yet overdosed on Ms. Boyle, just go here and listen to interviews, singing clips, odd moments -- whatever strikes your fancy.

But if you have had enough of Ms. Boyle, there's always Paul Potts.

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10 Comments:

At 6:22 AM, Blogger writtenwyrdd said...

That IS a wonderful rendition of a great song.

 
At 6:37 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, and millions of people are now listening to it . . . albeit not via my blog.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:11 AM, Blogger HLee said...

wonderful! hope she wins.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

She's certainly first in the hearts of the world.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 5:37 AM, Blogger Eshuneutics said...

Oh dear. Things like "Britain's Got Talent" are embarassing. It represents a culture gone bankrupt as a consequence of those who worship either Mammon or Celebrity; perhaps, both. Yes, she has a stunning voice, but I truly dislike the whole "discovery" set-up. I wasn't suprised at all. You could just tell that this was going to be another faked angel-in-disguise moment. And of course Cowell will make a record and become the eventual monetary winner in this whole charade. And yes, Elaine Paige will record a duet with her...and so it will go on...opportunism and exploitation. "Overdosed" is the right verb.

 
At 6:09 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

Yes, that's the nature of our world, it seems. I just hope that she's treated well, meets with success, and doesn't become someone false to herself.

Jeffery Hodges

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At 10:47 PM, OpenID sonagi92 said...

@Eshuneutics:

I see your point about the contrived premise for the show, but nevertheless, it did achieve something positive by spotlighting the splendid voice of a woman whose career probably never took off because of her trollish looks. Considering the billions of dollars spent annually on unremarkable music sung by young people who look good wearing little clothing, I can't demoan Simon Crowell's gimmick marketing of Susan Boyle.

 
At 5:35 AM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I agree with you, Sonagi. We should be thankful that Ms. Boyle received this opportunity, and I think so even after reading the Time magazine article that you linked to on the Marmot's blog.

But I do have to bemoan one thing: your use of the unorthographic expression "demoan."

Jeffery Hodges

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At 12:48 PM, OpenID sonagi92 said...

My first graders often confuse "b" and "d." Good heavens!

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger Horace Jeffery Hodges said...

I understand your problem. I'm beginning to speak like my Corean students.

Jeffery Hodges

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