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 70 % 30 % CD-Cover: Sting - Mercury Falling
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Johnny Cash 2933 Votes Sting

Comments about I hung my Head:

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Most commenters here i assume are not musicians, because they don't understand the intricacies of this song. I agree with David from SA; Johnny's cover is just plain ridiculous. Sting's original, because of it's complex time signature and instrumentation, convey a sense of excitement, hesitation and uncertainty. At first I didn't like the contrast between the somber theme versus the upbeat delivery of the song, but digging in deeper, i soon understood the creative genius that was put behind it. So yeah, Sting's version cannot be touched by Johnny Cash's 'meh' version.
- Stung, Angeles City, Other, 20.01.2011
I don't think the song is necessarily about the obvious in the lyrics.

It's more about the things that we do as human beings which often make no sense and then afterwards we regret greatly.

"I felt the power of death over life...."

Sometimes we do things in the heat of the moment and then forever pay the price.

Just my 2cents.




- Andy Aungthwin, Studor, Other - Europe, 10.11.2010
Oops again, I mean Hurt** by Nine Inch Nails. And sorry about posting my first comment 3 times. I that was by mistake. Sorrryyy everybodyyy
- Stephanie, Laguna Beach, United States, 07.11.2010
Oops, my mistake. I see what's going on here now. I clearly wasn't paying attention to the dates of each version's release and thought that we were debating on who originally wrote the song. I never knew Johnny Cash did a version of this song until I looked it up to download. So I was trying to search for who wrote it first, and here I am now. But now that I have listened to Johnny Cash's version, I agree with the majority of people who think that his version is better. He definitely has more feeling and emotion in his voice and makes it a more somber song. Which it is. And it's weird that Sting's version is as upbeat as it is. So way to go Mr. Cash; making an original song better than it was before. Case and point: Hate by Nine Inch Nails. Much better by Johnny.
- Stephanie again, Laguna Beach, United States, 07.11.2010
I Hung My Head
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"I Hung My Head" is a murder ballad written by the singer-songwriter Sting and released on the album Mercury Falling. In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the song in the album American IV: The Man Comes Around.
It tells the story of a man who accidentally kills someone, the resulting shame, and the consequences he faces.
- Stephanie, Laguna Beach, United States, 07.11.2010
I Hung My Head
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"I Hung My Head" is a murder ballad written by the singer-songwriter Sting and released on the album Mercury Falling. In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the song in the album American IV: The Man Comes Around.
It tells the story of a man who accidentally kills someone, the resulting shame, and the consequences he faces.
- Stephanie, Laguna Beach, United States, 07.11.2010
I Hung My Head
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"I Hung My Head" is a murder ballad written by the singer-songwriter Sting and released on the album Mercury Falling. In 2002, Johnny Cash covered the song in the album American IV: The Man Comes Around.
It tells the story of a man who accidentally kills someone, the resulting shame, and the consequences he faces.
- Stephanie, Laguna Beach, United States, 07.11.2010
I only knew the JC version until now and was quite surprised that this song was written by Sting and JC "only" covered it. Listened to both versions just now - well, thanks to Sting for writing such a great song, but JC's cover is much better because the deep, sorrowful voice much better fits to the story told while Sting's voice is not able to transport the tragedy and also this pseudo-gospel thing is in my opinion not the best option to sing this song.
- Rudolf, Vienna, Austria, 19.06.2010
I only knew the JC version until now and was quite surprised that this song was written by Sting and JC "only" covered it. Listened to both versions just now - well, thanks to Sting for writing such a great song, but JC's cover is much better because the deep, sorrowful voice much better fits to the story told while Sting's voice is not able to transport the tragedy and also this pseudo-gospel thing is in my opinion not the best option to sing this song.
- Rudolf, Vienna, Austria, 19.06.2010
i haven't listened to cash's version yet, but i'm sure i will not prefer it. just the thought that went into the song writing, the time signature. then for cash to cover it and change the signature to 4/4 is just ridiculously insulting.
- david , pretoria, South Africa, 18.05.2010
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