Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 21 02:46:55 UTC 2010

On Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 12:49 PM, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC
<Bill.Mullins at> wrote:
> "Em, Aye child, En"????

My vote is for that one. But I haven't heard the song in years. I've
never liked it because it's a total rip-off of Bo-Diddley's "I'm A
Man" (pronounced "Umma Maine"). I usually vastly prefer the original
versions to any cover, even when the original performer covers
himself. But, of course, there are exceptions, e.g. I prefer the
covers of "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' on," "Memphis." and "Piece of My
Heart" - abstracting away from the fact that Janis Joplin was a native
of Beaumont, TX, and I, too, am a native of Texas who once lived in
Beaumont - to the originals. But Elvis's cover of "Houn' Dog," Billy
Lee Riley's cover of "Red-Hot," and the Stones' cover of "It's All
Over, Now" are abominations. OTOH, the Stones' cover of "Down-Home
Girl" is, IMO, superior to the original.

Youneverknow. Different strokes, etc.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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