Perry Farrell's voice is definitely not Jerry Garcia's, and yet this cover of a Grateful Dead classic is one of my favorite covers of all time. This version brings a trippy, and not earthy, flavor that is wholly appropriate to the song.
Norah Jones, on the other hand, makes the song a country standard. I found this version to be unexpectedly appropriate as well.
I don't usually jump right into the special posts like I did, but "Ripple" is a classic song that allows us to put the spotlight on beautifully written lyrics. There are some who believe it to be inspired by the Bible - Psalm 23, to be precise. It's an instantly recognizable song, and one that is easy to sing along with.... as Wilco demonstrates here by turning the song into an audience sing-along.
Let's wrap up this special with an ironic cover. The first two lines of the song are:
If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
So it's appropriate to close this with a harp cover. It's instrumental, but you'll be singing along.
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