Listen: Bob Dylan sings about male lover on surprise new track
Bob Dylan is among stars singing about same-sex lovers on a new EP, available on all streaming platforms from today.
The veteran singer is among singers who have recorded Universal Love, a collection of re-imagined wedding songs that have been re-written to celebrate same-sex love.
Dylan sings a gender-flipped cover of 1920s song She’s Funny That Way – famously covered by Frank Sinatra – now titled He’s Funny That Way.
Meanwhile Kesha sings a cover of Janis Joplin’s I Need A Man To Love, retitled I Need a Woman to Love.
Also contributing to the project, is Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie, singing ‘And I Love Him’, Kele Okereke of Bloc Party singing ‘My Guy’ and St. Vincent singing ‘And Then She Kissed Me’.
The album is now available on all streaming platforms.
In the liner notes, Anthony DeCurtis explained: “The six songs on ‘Universal Love: Wedding Songs Reimagined’ playfully upend a convention of love songs that is so enshrined that it often escapes our notice: the use of opposite sex pronouns.
“With rare exceptions, love songs have rested on the assumption that a man is singing to or about a woman, and vice versa. In certain genres, like folk music, women were permitted to sing from a man’s perspective, but never the reverse.
“And gay songwriters have been known to avoid specific pronoun references so that ‘the love that dare not speak its name’, as Oscar Wilde put it, could find a voice, however muted.”
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