Cover vs. Original

I hung my Head


That way you make a song, that gives you the creep, of an average song with good lyrics!

- Rocko, Nürnberg, Deutschland, 13.02.2006


Johnny Cash
2002

vs.

Sting
1996

CD-Cover: Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man comes around 69.8 % 30.2 % CD-Cover: Sting - Mercury Falling
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Johnny Cash 3134 Votes Sting

Comments about I hung my Head:

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Cash wins for sure. The whole song just seems to be more Cash's style anyway, that's why I was really surprised to learn that it was a cover. Johny Cash is amazing.
- Ethan, Stillwater, United States, 09.06.2009
It's hard to take an honest vote. Both versions are good. What I especially like about the original version by sting is the fact that the song in 9/8, which gives an odd tense to it. Cash straightened it to an ordinary 4/4 time signature. I he kept it in 9/8 his version would be perfect.
- Marc Volgers, 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands, 02.11.2008
Cash really did a good job here. Too bad he passed just 1 year later. I really wanted to here a new Cash album.
- Matt, Cameron, WI, United States, 25.10.2008
Cash really did a good job here. Too bad he passed just 1 year later. I really wanted to here a new Cash album.
- Matt, Cameron, WI, United States, 25.10.2008
Johnny is the artist whose covers are almost always better than the originals. And that says less about song selection and more about how legendary a musician he was.
- Jeff, glendora, ca, United States, 12.10.2008
Of course a song about shootin' someone out west will sound better from an American voice especially one as powerful as Cash's but Sting wrote and played it first. Both should be praised for their own merit musically and it doesn't matter who claimed to do tantric whatever. Cash does just sound better though I doubt he could match Sting on don't stand so close to me.
- James, Leeds, England, 08.10.2008
Johnny Cash hands down, he makes the lyrics so much more meaningful, and he makes u want to listen to every word of the song to fully appreciate its power and meaning
- Nick, Sydney, Australia, 07.10.2008
Hey you Cash-freaks, you know nothing about music. Cash = kitch, Sting = art, period. If you don't get it, keep on listening to Cash.

Cash would break his fingers if he tried to reproduce that amazing 9/8 beat. Cash is to music just what LaFontaine is to movies: just a pretty voice, nothing more, nothing less. But Sting... Sting MAKES music LIVE.
- Pujdech, Bratislava, Other - Europe, 14.08.2008
Definately Cash, it means a whole lot more from an old man's perspective. He sung it with feeling, not like it was just another song.
- Shawn, Bessemer, United States, 13.03.2008
P.S don't copy stuff from word it to this it doesn't like the apostrophe
- lewis, Newport, Wales, 10.02.2008
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