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Annie Lennox — Don't Let It Bring You Down
Album: Medusa
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Released: 1995
Length: 3:36
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Old man lying by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by
Blue moon's sinkin from the weight of the load
And the buildings scrape the sky
Cold wind nippin down the valley at dawn
And the morning paper flies
Dead man lying by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes

Don't let it bring you down,
It's only castles burning
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around

Blind man running through the light of the night
With an answer in his hands
Come on down to the river of sight
And you can really understand

Red lights flashing through the window in the rain
Can you hear the sirens moan
White cain lying in the gutter in the lane
And you're walking home alone

Don't let it bring you down
It's only castles burning
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around

Dont let it bring you down
It's only castles burning
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around

Old man lying by the side of the road
With the lorries rolling by
Blue moon's sinkin from the weight of the load
And the buildings scrape the sky
Cold wind nippin down the valley at dawn
And the morning paper flies
Dead man lying by the side of the road
With the daylight in his eyes

Dont let it bring you down
It's only castles burning
Find someone who's turning
And you will come around
And you will come around

Dont let it bring you down
It's only castles burning
Find some one who's turning
And you will come around
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I'll probably be ostracized for saying so but David Clayton-Thomas did a credible version of this on a solo album several decades ago.
 moodfood wrote:
I think Neil Young shoulda hired Annie back in the day to be his lead singer.. {#Cheesygrin}
 
Lol, I had to check out what was playing because I was wondering why NY wasn't annoying me as much as usual...
"Old man take a look at my life, ...."
Nah.  Too weak.  Not much emotion.  Back to the orig.
 aaronm wrote:
Much better than Young's version for me. ::ducks under tomatoes being thrown amidst a chorus of boos::
 

Boooooo!!!  Hahahahaha!
{#Devil_pimp}zesty ! love the whole album great covers would love to hear more from it maybe " cant get next to you "
 westslope wrote:
I love the original, I love Neil's affected style.

But Annie Lennox as a singer in another class altogether.  She flatters the song.

If I was Young, I would be hugely flattered by the cover. 
 

What he said ^^^

It is a great cover, and I can say this even though I had my ears burned with too much Eurythmics by my ex.
 
Annie Lenox is amazing, but somehow this does not work for me.  The gravity of the original is unmatched.  I do like the gospel-like chorus at the end, however.
I just melted into my office chair. This album takes me back to the late 90s or whenever that was. I just remember listening to this album, camping on the other side of the lower peninsula, off Lake Huron - by a fire. 
 ri_shelton wrote:
My vote is with Mr. Young's original, but this version by Ms Lennox certainly played well in the film "American Beauty" (one of my five favorite films).  
 
Love this version from American Beauty, but it wasn't included on the soundtrack album, unfortunately. 
Outstanding cover, Fabulous Artist
I love A.L., but this cover doesn't deserve to live; quite sucko-barfo
Much better than Young's version for me. ::ducks under tomatoes being thrown amidst a chorus of boos::
 westslope wrote:
I love the original, I love Neil's affected style.

But Annie Lennox as a singer in another class altogether.  She flatters the song.

If I was Young, I would be hugely flattered by the cover. 

 

I agree with everything you said. I love Neil Young and his unique voice and here she has turned this into a classical piece.  Intriguing!
And then...RP, why would YOU NOT segue to Neil the master.  Thank you for that! 
My initial reaction - "Who's making fun and mocking Neil Young?" I didn't recognize Annie Lennox's voice and had to double-check the playlist. The sum was less than the incomparable refulgence of its parts - Neil Young: an extraordinary giant of an ax-man, performer and songwriter. Annie Lennox: a certified diva with a glorious set of pipes. I like my Guinness and I like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I'm just not sure I like them together, but then again I know someone who does. And maybe I would too upon repeated partaking.
Pretty bland vocals but otherwise nice.
Could not agree more! That scene came rocketing to mind as soon as the first strains of this distinctive song drifted over, broke into my conciseness and tore me away from the work I was concentrating on.  

Great set this morning... Thanks RP!

schayler wrote:
Love this cover.  Brilliantly used in American Beauty. Makes me think of the movie every time I hear it.

 


My vote is with Mr. Young's original, but this version by Ms Lennox certainly played well in the film "American Beauty" (one of my five favorite films).  
Leave it to NY please Annie
I actually like this better than the Neil Young song
I love the original, I love Neil's affected style.

But Annie Lennox as a singer in another class altogether.  She flatters the song.

If I was Young, I would be hugely flattered by the cover. 
I think Neil Young shoulda hired Annie back in the day to be his lead singer.. {#Cheesygrin}
 ottojschlosser wrote:
Doesn't work for me, but I don't like the original either.
 
I'm with you—Neil's original was bad enough. Then along comes Annie to butcher the thing!
a deep song, and strong cover, positioned between King Crimson's One Time and Neil himself, I say we have an intelligent DJ expanding our consciousness

Super set! 
 steeler wrote:
Lacking the notes of desperation and despair that permeate Neil's version.

Missing emotion.  
 
Au contraire.  Ms Lennox's voice has two gears: powerful and fragile.  This song's all sung in the subdued delicate gear that makes me think of a woman teetering on the edge of a nervous breakdown.

Seems to me that she's singing encouragement to herself: "Face front; chin up! Don't let it bring you down, it's only castles burning,"

So weird...it caught my ear, I rated it 10...listened some more, literally heard the air come out of her voice, and now Annie Lennox has my 4...only because it is a unique cover.


Lacking the notes of desperation and despair that permeate Neil';s version.


Missing emotion.  
Doesn't work for me, but I don't like the original either.
I like Neil a lot, but lets face it: He was born to be covered.
bad cover of a squeal tune that was un listenable itself...good song maybie someone somday will do it with a real voice....
 sirdroseph wrote:
Am I the only one who cannot stand Annie Lennox's music? All of her music is offensive to my ears, never got it....{#No}

 
Very unlikely, statistically speaking, that you are the only one who dislikes her music. I am not with you, though. Cheers! {#Cheers}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Am I the only one who cannot stand Annie Lennox's music? All of her music is offensive to my ears, never got it....{#No}
 
I like her music, but this is better by Neil.
Am I the only one who cannot stand Annie Lennox's music? All of her music is offensive to my ears, never got it....{#No}
A different take and I like it. 
Is there a little Big Sky Country (Chris Whitley) synth thing in here? or my imagination.
 Jelani wrote:
Much improved from the original.
 
We have NOTHING in common
WTF?!

Stick to your own stuff..... this is awefull and I can't "unhear" it 
Neil Young minus the edge and angst. Not an improvement in my view. YMMV
Why?
Much improved from the original.
 martinc wrote:
Nice version but doesn't sound like it is coming from the same place as the original. This sounds soothing, Neil sounded down, out and in a dark space.
 
I totally agree, but have always liked Annie's voice.
yet another fine example if Neil's songwriting prowess...

and his UTTER INABILITY to sing...

ever notice that ANYONE who can stay on pitch sounds better than Neil on HIS songs...?  {#Eh}
Love this cover.  Brilliantly used in American Beauty. Makes me think of the movie every time I hear it.
 NeuroGeek wrote:
Love, love love Annie's voice.  So pure, and always on key.  She's one of the few female voices I respect and actually enjoy listening to in pop/rock/alternative music.  Most others seem to have some sort of weirdly affected tonal quality or are only capable of mastering one or two interval jumps/vocal tricks.  
 
Her voice is capable of some of these 'tricks' due to her age. The body affects a lot of changes as the years pass and some voices get much better with age. As a vocal student and passionate singer, at 42 I can do things with my voice a female vocalist in her 20s could not do. 

I can't wait to hear what I sound like in 20 years :)  
Nice version but doesn't sound like it is coming from the same place as the original. This sounds soothing, Neil sounded down, out and in a dark space.
 lshinkawa wrote:
Would love to hear more from this album. It's a good one!
 
I was just thinking the exact same thing!!! Thanks Bill!
Would love to hear more from this album. It's a good one!
Love, love love Annie's voice.  So pure, and always on key.  She's one of the few female voices I respect and actually enjoy listening to in pop/rock/alternative music.  Most others seem to have some sort of weirdly affected tonal quality or are only capable of mastering one or two interval jumps/vocal tricks.  
Neil Young Is A Hero of mine so when someone covers his stuff I tend to be skeptical. This Is a fine version from the earthy cooing of an excellent singtress!
 unclehud wrote:

"Awkward Juxtaposition"  definition:  Annie Lennox singing a Neil Young song.

Love her (and her voice) to the point of devotion, but singing a Neil Young tune!!!!   Like, maybe, Peter Gabriel singing Johnny Cash?

 
Or like, maybe, Johnny Cash doing Nine Inch Nails?  Oh wait - that happened!  {#Nyah}

I actually like this version as much as Neil's...and I usually like the originals waaaay more than the covers.  Good job, Ms Lennox. 
Cool version. 
I like this. I especially like the fact that Annie's voice does not need to be auto tuned. 
Sorry, Annie - but this is bull!
Amazing version - a nice "yin" to the "yang"....
Annie Lennox has a perfect voice for this song, I think.

A Nice Version!


 That_SOB wrote:

  From the Medusa album  1995  (pict. below)    Annie is one of the very few who could pull off
a cover of Mr. Young, and she did,  and I like it !

 
me too!!

Although the album info says, "American Beauty Soundtrack," it's really from an iTunes "American Beauty soundtrack" user playlist that includes "Songs that were or should have been used in the movie." I have the real American Beauty soundtrack CD, and this isn't on it (unfortunately because I like it pretty well).
That's the way to kill a beautiful song. {#Stop}

  From the Medusa album  1995  (pict. below)    Annie is one of the very few who could pull off
a cover of Mr. Young, and she did,  and I like it !

"Awkward Juxtaposition"  definition:  Annie Lennox singing a Neil Young song.

Love her (and her voice) to the point of devotion, but singing a Neil Young tune!!!!   Like, maybe, Peter Gabriel singing Johnny Cash?


I love Annie.  But she's doing neither herself nor Neil Young justice here.

Nice turn, Annie!
For some reason, she seems to miss on this song (beautiful song, but misses.)  It's like she lost her sense of soul or timing, and sounds like Annie Lennox signing with Neil Young's brain inside. 
I love Neil.  Wouldn't it be something if he could sing like Annie?
This is a very good cover of a great song. (8, original-10)
Wrong artist with very nice song!
Genius lyrics paired with angelic voice - this song wins

Sweet as sugar candied rose.
Medusa
The album Medusa was a collection of Annie Lennox's favorite songs written by others.
I think she has done more than enough of her own original work to earn the right for some self indulgence.

I find it an enduring album that I've never tired of because of the variety of sources she chose.
 Rozsa wrote:
Definitely makes me want to change channels. {#Headache} And I tend to like both Neil and Annie...
 
I agree. Just not sure what is added to this. I hate covers for the sake of covers.
Wow, as soon as this song came on I was immediately transported to the scene of American Beauty where I first heard it. I guess I never realized how impactful it was in the movie until now!
Definitely makes me want to change channels. {#Headache} And I tend to like both Neil and Annie...

Generally not a fan of covers, but I really like this one.

I've never heard another cover of this song.  I love Annie Lenox and Neil Young - well, let's not even go there (the man is an icon).  The pair just don't seem to fit, but yet the song is a fair attempt at evoking the same feeling.  To follow it up w/ Neil's "A Man Needs a Maid" seems to reconcile the oddness of it all.  Weird!  Then came Shawn Colvin's "This must be the Place."  OK, it seems to work...


LOVE her voice.
transcendent ...
i've always liked this song and the whole album.  NY's original is of course without comparison, but when you've heard it repeatedly since it came out, it's nice to hear a cover that breaths some new life into the piece and allows you to enjoy it again.
A fantastic interpretation of a great song!!!

LIke everything else, there are good covers and crap covers, this is one of the best!!!!
Excellent!
Love this cover.  Also love the original.
 tg3k wrote:
I'm not much of a Neil Young fan, but I like his version of this song much better than Annie's. She's a very talented singer, but this is the wrong song for her, IMHO.
 
Yes, you are right!!

{#Meditate}
I'm not much of a Neil Young fan, but I like his version of this song much better than Annie's. She's a very talented singer, but this is the wrong song for her, IMHO.
goosebumps! -> 8

i like this version. i like the original much more but this is more than worthy.
 
Women Artist covering Neil give his music a whole different texture. ( ex.Nicolette Larson )

Listenable, but barely.  Can we hear the Neil Young version now?
 Shimmer wrote:
Annie Lennox has a very distinct voice, but here it sounds like she is not just covering Neil, but also trying to imitate his voice.
 

I agree - sounds like she's trying to channel Neil - but somehow it gets distracting.  Not a bad job though.

 sfListener wrote:
Don't let this cover bring you down.
 
   No way it's gonna do that!{#Jump}
 Proclivities wrote:

Do you mean "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"?  I haven't seen many similarities between that and "American Beauty".  That's just me though.

 

Uhhh, yea, my bad.  "Unbearable" it is. 

As to not seeing the similarities between the two movies, you guys are kidding, right? 

In a nutshell:  protagonist struggles to find meaning in life, finds it, gets offed.  ("Gee, Mr. Obvious, I never thought of it that way before!")

She makes this sound like a Coldplay cover.
philbertr wrote:


Really? Why do you think that would be?

(Good movie, by the way....sort of a dumbed-down American version of "Incredible Lightness of Being.")



You mean Unbearable Lightness of Being? For some reason I read at first that you meant American Pie was a dumbed down version of that book, which cracked me up.

Oh and Annie Lennox sucks.

 philbertr wrote:


Really?  Why do you think that would be?

(Good movie, by the way....sort of a dumbed-down American version of "Incredible Lightness of Being.")

 
Do you mean "The Unbearable Lightness of Being"?  I haven't seen many similarities between that and "American Beauty".  That's just me though.

I don't see the need for this cover...it's like Rod Stewart trying to sing CCR.
I love Annie, but this is not her best.
Don't let this cover bring you down.
Annie Lennox has a very distinct voice, but here it sounds like she is not just covering Neil, but also trying to imitate his voice.
 philbertr wrote:
re: American Beauty

(Good movie, by the way....sort of a dumbed-down American version of "Incredible Lightness of Being.")

 I never would have thought to compare the two.

What are you finding similar between them?

 monikra wrote:
It reminds me of Kevin Spacey in American Beauty  :-)
 

Really?  Why do you think that would be?

(Good movie, by the way....sort of a dumbed-down American version of "Incredible Lightness of Being.")

thanks Annie, you made clear that Neil is a great singer!

It reminds me of Kevin Spacey in American Beauty  :-)
I was at the grocery store today and heard not one, but two, country artists covering alt-rock tunes. One of them sounded just like Carrie Underwood doing The Stone Temple Pilots. And now this - bleh. It has not been a good day for hearing cover songs today, at least for me.

 ArbiterOfGoodTaste wrote:
Why bother? The lyrics lost all of the sensitivity and the instrumentation is just cheesed-out synth. Boooring.  
 
Agreed on the sensitivity point. . . 7


unbelievably wonderful (to me).
first time i heard it i was blown away -  terrific cd also

{#Cowboy}
Very cool cover of a very cool tune. Thanks Bill.
I'm a big fan of the original but this cover is amazing.
I'm an Annie fannie!
Why bother? The lyrics lost all of the sensitivity and the instrumentation is just cheesed-out synth. Boooring.  
sorry to hear that  {#Sad}
I just found out we're being forced to move out of our house in September. "Only castles burning" somehow seems to fit the bill.
I hate cover tunes. However, this is most acceptable.
Oh, Annie... Sorry I missed your concert in Colorado.
kinda pitchy and not my cup of tea. i'll stick with mr young on this one.
Subdued, but cool. How can you NOT want to listen anything Annie sings? I don't have enough Annie on my 'pod; thanks for reminding me.
I quite like the original and this version. Not sure this song was a natural match for Lennox's wonderful and powerful vocal chords but I'm all for more frequent plays.
Annie,way to go,please make one full CD with The Best Of Niel´s Songs! That way RPees listernas can´t complain about the voice!

i like this version. i like the original much more but this is more than worthy.
Please no, she's one sister doing if for herself
I get to see Annie perform in Nashville next month. I can't wait!