Cover vs. Original

Maggie's Farm


RATM pulls explosive energy from this classic track. It forces you to deal with what is being said, there is no ignoring it.

- Adam Yauch, Fargo, United States, 04.02.2006


Rage against the machine
2000

vs.

Bob Dylan
1965

CD-Cover: Rage against the machine - Renegades 46.3 % 53.7 % CD-Cover: Bob Dylan - Greatest Hit's vol 2
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Rage against the machine 1492 Votes Bob Dylan

Comments about Maggie's Farm:

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Whatever.
- Bob Dylan, NY, United States, 13.02.2011
The people who project their ignorant and narrow view that Bob Dylan can't be touched are like the biased bigots of religion, sport, race, anything really.
This is what music is all about. Someone taking a song and turning it on its head. This, is my opinion, the greatest cover song of all time, next to All Along the Watchtower by Hendrix.
And that tells another story. Both by Dylan. Both Great songs, and Great covers by great artists. Both better musically than the original. Its got nothing to do with complexity or guitar wizardry. They just nailed it. Simple!
Its not a fight people. Be happy that a Legend who has probably written the best peotic songs of contemporary music, has had some of his originals taken and musically uplifted.

Sure, Jimmy and Rage couldn't write the lyrics of Dylan, (Although if all you dolt heads got past your blindness and actually REALLY looked at some of Rage's lyrics you might find that they are not all that different to Dylans), but Dylan was never really a master at composing music itself, or melody.


- opc10, Melbourne, Australia, 14.07.2010
RATM's version of this song is inspired, the energy delivered to some of those lyrics really throws the message at the listener, making it impossible to ignore. Infact the entire album this is off is amazing - every song is a cover, but they are all performed exquisitely. RATM are really a band who understand what makes music powerful, and in this song its the lyrics so that is all they needed to keep - adding the metal just made it more powerful. And in my opinion that makes it even more emotional than Dylan's.
Saying all that though it was Dylan who wrote the lyrics, to put this as a RATM vs. Dylan is completely beside the point - the point of a cover is to celebrate the original, not compete with it.
- Ross, Manchester, England, 11.04.2010
They are two completely different songs that just happen to have the same lyrics.
- Wilson, Henderson, KY, United States, 14.02.2010
Comparing Dylan and RATM is like comparing apples to oranges. Dylan generates his folksy humor and compassion, and Rage comes witha driving anthem of angst. RATM's cover is a very unique twist on the song and they really make it their own and put their signature on it. I'd say Dylan's is better only because it reflects the the original tone of the of the song's message. But essentially, I think it is a question that we each approach from our musical perspective.
- Colonel Reb, Hamilton, United States, 27.09.2009
Both versions are great. but i do prefer bob dylans version since the RATM version, although more emotional, loses that sense of humor which I really like about the song and which is kind of characteristic of dylan
- Shamanth, grosbous, Luxembourg, 15.07.2009
both great songs, obviously Bob had a little more emotion and feeling in it, but Rage's version is amazing to listen to in a car with good speakers
- Hughy, Sciota, United States, 20.05.2009
both great songs, obviously Bob had a little more emotion and feeling in it, but Rage's version is amazing to listen to in a car with good speakers
- Hughy, Sciota, United States, 20.05.2009
These songs are totally different. They can hardly be compared, aha. But really, what Rage did with this song was amazing, and I think it really proves their musical artistry. But I like Dylan's more... it's more emotionally powerful and stays with you a bit longer.
- Hayley, Alderson, United States, 07.02.2009
These songs are totally different. They can hardly be compared, aha. But really, what Rage did with this song was amazing, and I think it really proves their musical artistry. But I like Dylan's more... it's more emotionally powerful and stays with you a bit longer.
- Hayley, Alderson, United States, 07.02.2009
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