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I Look Inside Myself and See My Heart is Black.....

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In the spirit of the past posts of "Louie Louie" (which Brian masterminded and I assisted) and the
ancient "Gloria" post which I thin I created or stole one or the other, I present you with a "Paint it Black" extravaganza........what do I say? Well let's loos at the lyrics of this great song, a classic by any standards....

I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
I see a line of cars and they're all painted black
With flowers and my love both never to come back
I see people turn their heads and quickly look away
Like a new born baby it just happens ev'ry day
I look inside myself and see my heart is black
I see my red door I must have it painted black
Maybe then I'll fade away and not have to face the facts
It's not easy facin' up, when your whole world is black
No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue
I could not foresee this thing happening to you
If I look hard enough into the settin' sun
My love will laugh with me before the mornin' comes
I see a red door and I want it painted black
No colors anymore I want them to turn black
I see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes
I have to turn my head until my darkness goes
Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm
Hmm, hmm, hmm
I want to see it painted, painted black
Black as night, black as coal
I want to see the sun, blotted out from the sky
I want to see it painted, painted, painted, painted black
Yeah! Hmm, hmm, hmm

OK, this is a great fucking song that often summarizes how we all feel at times ("not easy facin' up when your whole world is black").....But i never really dreamed there were so many versions (we recently heard the Animals fine version here).......

Well, here is the "track list" as it were.......I'm not going
to idiotically name the song each time, just the artist will suffice, but there are some expected as well as surprise performers here.....first of all the Stones original is here, as a "benchmark", so to speak, and the Animals version appears for the second time this week on this blog. But Deep Purple? Floating Bridge? Metal wankers Helloween? The great Jody Grind? How about Jonny Lang's surprisingly good effort? The Standells? Jesus, how about Rammstein of all people? or VANESSA CHARLTON (better than i'd have expected),  just goes to show that often, a song transcends normal circles and can be interpereted a variety of ways.....this is the one........enjoy, and don't be afraid, it REALLY IS a good listen!

01 After Hours/02 Anvil/03 Bluebeard/04 Chris Farlowe/05 Deep Purple/06 Earth Crisis/07 Epsilon/08 Eric Burdon & the Animals/09 Eternal Afflict/10 Flamin Groovies/11 Floating Bridge/12 Folkswingers/13 Glen Tipton/14 Gob/15 Helloween/16 Incubus/17 Jody Grind/18 Johnny Lang/19 Marduk/20 Medley: Black On Black In Black/21 Rage/22 Rammstein/23 Rufus Zuphall/24 Sister Sin/25 Taetre/26 The Agony Scene/27 The Animal/28 The Black Dahlia Murder/29 The Rolling Stones/30 The Standells/31 Vanessa Charlton/32 Vicious Rumors/33 The Vines/34 W.A.S.P.

More a scholarly exercise than something to listen to on a road trip, but I really liked it (hey
that's ME).....check this if you are interested in how very many ways a song can be interpereted.......if you are familar with me you know I HATE cover versions that are "note for note" copies of the original, I find them pointless....not too much of that here, and it is really interesting as hell in my opinion........which is your favorite/least favorite? Love to hear from you on this topic!


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