True story - I saw Sixpence None The Richer opening for a Natalie-free 10,000 Maniacs at St. Bonaventure University in 1994. This was years before they had any hits - they were just a little Christian rock band. I enjoyed them an awful lot, and was really happy to see that they became big hitmakers.
Yes, I do have a signed copy of their first CD. Why do you ask?
This song is a cover of a classic done originally by Crowded House. The original is, to my knowledge, the only hit song to ever use the words "deluge" and "obliteration". The cover is brighter and sublime - Leigh Nash captures the feel of the song well, without sounding morose.
I always thought this second song was an odd choice for cover. After all, it was written for a man, and for that matter, a two-part harmony. However, this version ended up being a bigger hit than the original, and still kept the earnest sweetness of The La's. That earnest sweetness comes naturally to Sixpence None The Richer, actually.....