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Eileen Carey – My World of Cover Songs

My World of Cover Songs

(An artist has to make the song their own.)

By
Eileen Carey

Recently,
as a member of the Grammy Academy, I have been receiving requests to vote for
people and their music this year. One was a cover of the John Lennon song “Imagine”
and it dawned on me that there are some songs a singer just has to sing to
complete themselves, whether they wrote it or not. Of course, a cover has to
have a fresh rendition of it for it to be more than a copy. An artist has to
make the song their own.

I often sing original songs that others write, but
there are some influences that create who I am as a singer-songwriter. Three of
the four covers I have recorded and released reflect some of my influences. My
first cover release came as part of a contest that I entered where my rendition
of Patsy Cline’s  “Walking After
Midnight”
which both won me a radio fan contest out of Nashville over Maria
Muldaur 

 

https://soundcloud.com/eileencarey/walking-after-midnight

Walking After Midnight

I go out walkin’ after midnight

Out in the moonlight

Just like we used to do, I’m always walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for you (wa-wa-walking, wa-wa-walking)

I walk for miles along the highway

Well, that’s just my way

Of sayin’ I love you, I’m always walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for you (wa-wa-walking, wa-wa-walking)

I stop to see a weepin’ willow

Cryin’ on his pillow

Maybe he’s cryin’ for me

And as the skies turn gloomy

Night winds whisper to me

I’m lonesome as I can be

I go out walkin’ after midnight

Out in the moonlight

Just hopin’ you may be somewhere a-walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for me (Wa-wa-walking, wa-wa-walking)

I stop to see a weepin’ willow

Cryin’ on his pillow

Maybe he’s cryin’ for me

And as the skies turn gloomy

Night winds whisper to me

I’m lonesome as I can be

I go
out walkin’ after midnight

Out in the moonlight

Just hopin’ you may be somewhere a-walkin’

After midnight, searchin’ for me (wa-wa-walking, wa-ooh-ah)

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters:
Alan Block / Alan W. Block / Don Hecht

Walkin’
After Midnight lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

 

Growing
up in a suburb of Cleveland I was always a fan of Chrissie Hynde and the
Pretenders. After the hiatus from my third CD Movin On, and working on material
for my next CD, Let It Go, Travis and I decided to record and release a version
of Chrissie’s “Don’t Get Me Wrong” as a prelude to the coming CD. It received
some great reviews, and comments.

 

https://soundcloud.com/eileencarey/dontgetmewrong

Don’t
Get Me Wrong

Don’t
get me wrong

If I’m looking kind of dazzled

I see neon lights

Whenever you walk by

Don’t
get me wrong

If you say, “hello”, and I take a ride

Upon a sea where the mystic moon

Is playing havoc with the tide

Don’t get me wrong

Don’t
get me wrong

If I’m acting so distracted

I’m thinking about the fireworks

That go off when you smile

Don’t
get me wrong

If I split like light refracted

I’m only off to wander

Across a moonlit mile

Once
in a while, two people meet

Seemingly for no reason

They just pass on the street

Suddenly, thunder showers everywhere

Who can explain the thunder and rain?

But there’s something in the air

Don’t
get me wrong

If I come and go like fashion

I might be great tomorrow

But hopeless yesterday

Don’t get me wrong

If I fall in the mode of fashion

It might be unbelievable

But let’s not say, “so long”

It might just be fantastic

Don’t get me wrong

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters:
Chrissie Hynde

Don’t
Get Me Wrong lyrics © BMG Rights Management

 

 

I
shared the stage with Martha Davis on December 22, 2018, and I don’t mind
telling you that looking at her backstage at The Canyon at the Rose in
Pasadena, CA that night was like looking at an older version of myself. I
didn’t sing the song in the set that night out of respect, but so many people
love my version on my Let It Go CD.

https://soundcloud.com/eileencarey/only-the-lonely

Only the Lonely

We walked the loneliest mile

We smile without any style

We kiss all together wrong

No intention

We lie about each other’s drinks

We live without each other

Thinking what anyone would do

Without me and you

It’s like I told you

Only the lonely can play

So hold on here we go

Hold on to nothin’ we know

I feel so lonely

Way up here

You mention the time we were together

So long ago well I don’t remember

All I know is it makes me feel good now

It’s
like I told…

Source: LyricFind

Writer:
Martha Davis

lyrics © BMG Rights Management

 

 

Opening for Martha Davis & The Motels, Dec.
22, 2018

 


https://soundcloud.com/eileencarey/walking-on-sunshine

Walking on Sunshine

I am a huge eighties music fan.
Katrina and the Wave’s track always lifted my spirits. I wanted to cover one
more song for my fourth album release Let It Go, and I ran across it in search
and I am so glad I did.

I used to think maybe you loved me now, baby, I’m sure

And I just can’t wait ’til the day when you knock on my door

Now every time I go for the mailbox, gotta hold myself down

‘Cause I just can’t wait ’til you write me you’re coming around

Now I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

And don’t it feel good

Hey, all right now

And don’t it feel good

Hey, yeah

I used to think maybe you loved me, now I know that it’s true

And I don’t wanna spend my whole life just a-waiting for you

Now I don’t want you back for the weekend

Not back for a day, no, no, no

I said, baby, I just want you back

And I want you to stay

Oh, yeah

Now I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

And don’t it feel good

Hey, all right now

And don’t it feel good

Yeah, oh yeah

And don’t it feel good

Walking on sunshine

Walking on sunshine

I feel alive, I feel the love, I feel the love that’s really
real

I feel alive, I feel the love, I feel the love that’s really real

I’m on sunshine, baby, oh

Oh yeah, I’m on sunshine, baby, oh

I’m
walking on sunshine, whoa

I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

I’m walking on sunshine, whoa

And don’t it feel good

Hey, all right now

And don’t it feel good

I’ll say it, I’ll say it, I’ll say it again now

And don’t it feel good

Hey, yeah

And don’t it feel good

Now don’t it, don’t it, don’t it, don’t it, don’t it, don’t it feel good

I’ll say it, I’ll say it, I’ll say it again now

And don’t it feel good

Don’t it, don’t it, don’t it, don’t it, don’t it and don’t it feel good

Now tell me, tell me, tell me again now

And don’t it feel good

Oh yeah, now

And don’t it feel good

Oh, don’t it feel good, don’t it feel good

Now don’t it feel good

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah, yeah

Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Oh yeah, yeah, oh yeah, yeah

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters:
Kimberley Rew

Walking
on Sunshine lyrics © BMG Rights Management

 

There is a business side to quality
covers, often a song that a producer or director wants in their project is too
expensive by the original artists. Sometimes the rendition, the arrangement is
more current, than the original. I hope you have enjoyed my four covers here.

 

 

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