Daily Song Study

Annie Lennox – No More “I Love You’s”

In songs on December 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

I’ve spoken before about how sometimes the definitive version of something isn’t necessarily its original take. This is a fine example.

Originally written by Joseph Hughes and David Freeman for their band The Lover Speaks in 1986, it was covered spectacularly by former Eurythmic Annie Lennox in 1995, rendering the original rather easily forgotten.

The lyrics are unmistakably British, mixing sing-song whimsy with dark emotions, which make the whole experience a bit like a fairy tale. Musically, the mix of the nonsense backing vocals throughout give the affair an R&B flavor, fitting Lennox’s soulful voice. The 1980s production style is out of step with its mid-’90s release date, which was a bit ballsy for the time, and certainly doesn’t hurt the listening experience today.

It’s a good example of someone hearing what a song can be and saving it from obscurity. The dream of many a workaday songwriter.

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