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Flip the Script
2008-07-30 07:55
by Alex Belth
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Dig Syreeta Wright's version of "She's Leaving Home." The lyrics really have a different emotional kick with a female vocal.  Syreeta is Stevie Wonder's ex-wife; he produced the track.

 

 

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2008-07-30 09:20:31
1.   Cliff Corcoran
This version seems to celebrate the daughter's freedom more than the original, which instead focuses on everyone's individual unhappiness. Particularly the final line "she's having fun." Here it comes off like the daughter having gotten what she wanted, whereas in the Beatles' original it sounds more like she's having fun as much to spite her parents as for her own benefit and is also heard somewhat from the parents perspective, as in "how can she have done this to us and just go about having 'fun,'" with "fun" in bitter quotes. To that extent, I think the emotions in the original are far more complex and raw.

Another issue is that the talk-box backing vocals swallow up some key lyrics. Overall this is very much in the style of "Music Of My Mind," (indeed, it came out the same year, which I could tell without looking it up), but rather than being appropriate to the song, the production and instrumentation sound like Stevie was just playing around with some of his favorite toys.

2008-07-30 09:58:37
2.   The Mick 536
No Beatle played on the song. Didn't know that. Sgt. Pepper changed the world when it came out. People whom you wouldn't have expected to be affected, were! Go Lucy.

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