Cover vs. Original

I won't back down


A great song! It is written by Tom Petty, who I have always liked. The original version is very good. In this special competition though, he doesn´t stand a chance. My vote for The Man In Black!

- Jonas Lindblad, Stockholm, Sweden, 23.02.2006


Johnny Cash
2000

vs.

Tom Petty
1989

CD-Cover: Johnny Cash - American III: Solitary Man 61 % 39 % CD-Cover: Tom Petty - Full Moon Fever
Results of the voting: Cover versus Original
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Johnny Cash 3570 Votes Tom Petty

Comments about I won't back down:

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Cash puts more feeling into the song. Petty makes it seem like it's no big deal. They would definately take the ground out of Petty but at least Cash would fight for it.

CASH RULES!
- Johnny, Orange County, United States, 28.08.2008
Cash can't sing, his voice is hilarious. Petty is 2nd tier 'could of been'. Both belong doing county fairs for drinks and tips.
- Alfred E. Obama, Urkel City, United States, 05.07.2008
Petty in his tour/life show commented that he wished he had never done his version of the song after hearing Cash sing I won't back down. He commented that the song sounds like it was written for him, it just had so much power and feeling.

Watch the HD TV showing of the tour/life of Tom Petty and Heart Breakers.... makes you have an entire new view of the band.
- Dave, Bettendorf, United States, 28.04.2008
The Man in Black prevails again and makes another song in his own version. Tom Petty doesn't put much feeling into it, but Cash does.
- Shawn, Bessemer, United States, 13.03.2008
no you can't beat Cash unless its your song hes covering
- Jim, Rome, United States, 19.01.2008
Hey Ari Smith. Too much Starbucks and country music kills the ol' brain cells I figure. What do you think Ari? Anyway, I like Johnny but he doesn't stand a latte's chance in Camas against Tommy P.
- George, Cambridge, Canada, 11.12.2007
I love both versions...but I voted Petty...I saw it live and the venue sucked but it played wonderfully.
- Lemissa, LawrencefuckingKansas, United States, 27.11.2007
Hey Very Angry Surfer. I guess I am a fool, a liar "ot" both.
- Ray, NYC, United States, 27.10.2007
I like Johnny Cash's version. I guess Tom Petty liked it too because he sung backing vocals and organ for it too.
- Paul, California, United States, 01.07.2007
Johnny Cash wins out against tom petty anyday.

- Kade, Medford, United States, 19.06.2007
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