Cover Song Of The Month: Midnight Train To GeorgiaPosted: August 18, 2010
The Blurt Cover Song Of The Month this month features the Gladys Knight and The Pips classic, Midnight Train To Georgia and a cover version of the song by the Indigo Girls.
I am aware that everyone on the planet has heard Gladys and the Pips do the song, with the possible exception of some Somalian pirates. If those pirates had heard the song, they surely would have become involved in a more socially acceptable line of work.
Given that everyone on the planet knows the song, it seems a little silly to bother providing a video of Gladys Knight and The Pips performing the song. I’m going to do it anyhow because, as we know, I am not above doing silly things.
Gladys And The Pips Show How It Is Done
Before I show the video, I will advance my opinion that performances such as this one prove that The Pips were equally important to this version of the song as Gladys. Would the lyric “I’ll be with him” have been as effective without The Pips response “I know you will”? Does the story come into sharper focus for you when Gladys sings that the man was dreaming that “someday he’d be a star”? Not as much as it does when The Pips chime in with “A superstar but he didn’t get far”.
Now behold equally both Gladys Knight and The Pips:
I Am Proven Wrong By Indigo Girls
I will freely admit that for a long time I believed that no one should ever dare cover this song. I was certain that no one would give it the treatment we all know it deserved. I also thought that whoever did take the task on would not properly honor what The Pips did on that record.
I’ll now admit that I was wrong. The version by Indigo Girls is soulful and true to the original, even The Pips vocal part. I’m just going to tell you I love this version of the song. I have no way of knowing if the backing vocalists on this version danced like The Pips. Let’s face it, sometimes the original ought not be touched, Pip dancing is one of those times.
So there’s this months cover song.
Before I send you on to the poll and comments, I want to address a very limited group of Blurt readers. These are the readers who have seen the video of me and a great friend skillfully performing The Pips part of this song. I know the images contained in that video were the first thing that popped into your minds when you saw the topic of this post. I am sorry to have gotten your hopes up, but that video is not in my hands. The person who does have it has agreed not to release it unless I run for the Senate.
Now, the poll and your comments –