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Cowboy Junkies — Sweet Jane (live)
Album: 200 More Miles
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Released: 1995
Length: 3:46
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Anyone who's ever had a heart
Wouldn't turn around and break it
And anyone who's ever played a part
Wouldn't turn around and hate it
Sweet Jane, Sweet Jane
Oh Sweet, Sweet Jane

You're waiting for Jimmy down in the alley
Waiting there for him to come back home
Waiting down on the corner
And thinking of ways to get back home
Sweet Jane, Sweet Jane
Oh Sweet, Sweet Jane

Anyone who's ever had a dream
Anyone who's ever played a part
Anyone who's ever been lonely
And anyone who's ever split apart
Sweet Jane, Sweet Jane
Oh Sweet, Sweet Jane

Heavenly widened roses
Seem to whisper to me when you smile
Heavenly widened roses
Seem to whisper to me when you smile

La la la la la la la...

Sweet Jane
Sweet, Sweet Jane
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It is an interesting version; but, it misses the "edge" of the original.
I much prefer this to the Lou Reed version.
 musicmaniac wrote:
Love the Junkies' version of this song soooo much... 
 
Me too.  Very nice. 
The version off Rock In Roll Animal with all those guitar players (even the bass player) puts this one to shame.
 dischuckin wrote:
i don't mind this version, but how about playing the original?
https://new.radioparadise.com/...
this one's been played twice this month, 0 plays for the og
 
Oh dischuckin, this version is so much better, and I'm a huge fan of VU
 Shipp wrote:
Quite alright. Don't care much for their name though. Seems like a sign of the times gravitating towards the ditch..
 
Did you vote for Moscow's Man © aka Putin's Bitch aka Donald the Traitor?
 Shipp wrote:
Quite alright. Don't care much for their name though. Seems like a sign of the times gravitating towards the ditch..
 

If it eases your mind any about the state of the world, this band was formed and named over 30 years ago.  Were it such a ruinous or foreboding name we likely would've been in "the ditch" by now.  
i don't mind this version, but how about playing the original?
https://new.radioparadise.com/...
this one's been played twice this month, 0 plays for the og
 Shipp wrote:
Quite alright. Don't care much for their name though. Seems like a sign of the times gravitating towards the ditch..
 
Are you saying the name "Cowboy Junkies" violates your moral principles somehow?
Fantastic cover.  Check your choices, but as a cover, undeniable.
Enjoyed the Trinity Session studio version of this cover.
 rabaak wrote:
It is an Ok cover. A lot of people have played this. Phish, Mott the Hoople, REM, Brownsville Station, Greg Kihn and the original Velvet Underground (with Lou Reed).  None do justice to the rendition that the live Lou Reed Rock 'n' Roll Animal does.  

 
That guitar intro is legendary, but the song isn't. The best version is the one Lou does on "Take No Prisoners."
It is an Ok cover. A lot of people have played this. Phish, Mott the Hoople, REM, Brownsville Station, Greg Kihn and the original Velvet Underground (with Lou Reed).  None do justice to the rendition that the live Lou Reed Rock 'n' Roll Animal does.  
Good radio band but live put me to sleep, good thing John Mellancamp was up next...
{#Notworthy}
Best cover for me.
 loungelizard48 wrote:
Yup, studio version is much better.
 

At the danger of being pedantic the original Cowboys Junkies version of this wasn't on a studio album. The band couldn't afford a studio so used a single mic in a location they felt would be acoustically brilliant. According to Wikipedia “The music was recorded inside Toronto’s Church of the Holy Trinity on 27 November 1987, with the band circled around a single microphone. “

However I totally agree with your sentiments the original version on The Trinity Session was far superior.


Quite alright. Don't care much for their name though. Seems like a sign of the times gravitating towards the ditch..
 Steely_D wrote:

Agree. The tentative delicacy of their original version was what made it so special.

 
Yup, studio version is much better.
Its as if they figured out how to remove any and all feeling, emotion, relevance from the song. Everything that was "cool" about the Velvets and Lou's versions is missing .This is like No Fat Milk. It's ROCKNROLL LITE
 dimar wrote:
This one doesn't grab me the way the studio version did.  MEH

 
Agree. The tentative delicacy of their original version was what made it so special.
This one doesn't grab me the way the studio version did.  MEH
Got to love the Junkies,and this is particularly sweet! A solid eight, from the southern UK.
Perfect!  Thanks Bill.
 PopKombo wrote:
I believe if everyone had more sex, used drugs, and listened to the CJs it would put an end to intergalactic war.  You have my vote.
 
Thank you very much, PopKombo!  We humbly be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners in honor of your vote...  we love this live cover...  Radio Paradise is the best radio station in this galaxy....
Thanks Bill going to see them this evening in NJ.
Lou was good with it.  Enough said
 Lazarus wrote: 
I believe if everyone had more sex, used drugs, and listened to the CJs it would put an end to intergalactic war.  You have my vote.
 cc_rider wrote:
In Austin there used to be a 'Sweet Jane' contest. Nothing but 'Sweet Jane', all night long. One year the winner was Two Nice Girls, with their version combining 'Sweet Jane' with Joan Armatrading's 'Love And Affection'. I have the CD somewhere, it is truly wonderful.

TNG also recorded the ersatz-country classic 'I Spent My Last Ten Dollars On Birth Control And Beer'. 

 
carumba, sorry tex but that much of a meh song (sweet jane) does not seem at all interesting, yuck  : (  thats just stodgy ole me, hope it was a blast!)
 pugg689 wrote:
nice, but hard to out do Lou Reed, Rock N Roll Animal live version

 
That is the worst version of the tune (ignoring the godlike Hunter/Wagner intro).
The best version is on Take No Prisoners. 
Is this actually a professionally recorded and mixed song?  It sounds like a YouTube via an iPhone. Is it my RP stream?
Lousy rendition of a great song covered by a wonderful band.
Is the singer awake?
Everybody in my homeless camp be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...  we love this splendiferous live version...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
In Austin there used to be a 'Sweet Jane' contest. Nothing but 'Sweet Jane', all night long. One year the winner was Two Nice Girls, with their version combining 'Sweet Jane' with Joan Armatrading's 'Love And Affection'. I have the CD somewhere, it is truly wonderful.

TNG also recorded the ersatz-country classic 'I Spent My Last Ten Dollars On Birth Control And Beer'. 
...heard the CJ's do this live - wanted to rate it at about 13 1/2 and then I realized that it wasn,t a Marlboro that I'd just smoked...
Cool!! A song that sounds like Lou Reed is singing it (Levelland) --> a song that Lou Reed wrote!! 
Two Canadian songs in a row...Neil Young and Cowboy Junkies.  I see what Bill did there.
 
this is way better than the studio version. hadn't heard it

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like B.F. Skinner...  we love this splendiferous live version...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
I love the original. But the Junks -own- this song, I think. The studio version is a 10 for me.
dull.

I generally hate covers but I love this one.  

PS: Lou Reed said this was a pretty good rendition.

 

absolutely gorgeous...  love this live version...

 pvcnote wrote:
Again and again and again....???????
Twice a day???
I prefer  "Once a Year"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
I kinda like it 2 maybe 3 times a week{#Whipit}{#Roflol}

beautiful cover...  special to hear it live...  love it love it love it...
 
Again and again and again....???????
Twice a day???
I prefer  "Once a Year"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I like it !
C'mon...play the VU version. Or play "Heroin" or "Waiting for my man"


Everybody in my church loves this live cover...

 
 mcullers wrote:
Great song, but the studio version outshines this live version. The Stevie-Nicks-Shakevoice and rushed chorus lyrics in this version leave a bit to be desired. Give me the studio version any day.
 
Maybe, yeah...still had I been there I would have probably been quite pleased.
Great song, but the studio version outshines this live version. The Stevie-Nicks-Shakevoice and rushed chorus lyrics in this version leave a bit to be desired. Give me the studio version any day.
 pugg689 wrote:
nice, but hard to out do Lou Reed, Rock N Roll Animal live version
 
Apples and Oranges in my view.  They are, mostly, playing different songs.  Even the lyrics aren't totally shared.  Lou Reed's version truly smokes while the CJ's let you enjoy their understated, but excellent, version.


I'm a lover of this marvelous cover...

 
I didn't like te studio version and don't like this any better.

I've always found her style to
seem kind of mopey. It sounds like she's perpetually bummed out. To me anyway.
 pugg689 wrote:
nice, but hard to out do Lou Reed, Rock N Roll Animal live version
 
True, but I prefer this version to the CJ's studio version, for some reason.
Rolllllllllllll.......another one, just like the other one. You've been holding onto it, so give me a hit!
I do love this version!!
I wish she would not whisper so loudly!
 Poacher wrote:
In England after 1750, rural poverty continued to be widespread. The 'enclosure' movement of the 18th Century deprived people of land, because of this many became labourers. Wages were low and their diet was worse, and many turned to poaching to survive.

Not everything is as it seems.
 


Interesting that you use the term "England" instead of "Great Britain"...  my Scottish relatives think you are a moronic jerk who is the result of intense inbreeding...

we are a long ways from 1750, poacher, so make all the excuses and rationalizations for yourself that you wish...

the studio version of this cover is from a truly magnificent album...  everybody in my hotel room loves it...


In England after 1750, rural poverty continued to be widespread. The 'enclosure' movement of the 18th Century deprived people of land, because of this many became labourers. Wages were low and their diet was worse, and many turned to poaching to survive.

Not everything is as it seems.

 romeotuma wrote:


A "poacher" is by definition "one who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another"... and that is not some derogatory name someone else calls you— that is your name for yourself... you call yourself a common thief...

these song forums are for song comments, and I am an honest commentator...

this cover is a fave for everybody in my hotel room...

 Poacher wrote:
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A "poacher" is by definition "one who hunts or fishes illegally on the property of another"... and that is not some derogatory name someone else calls you— that is your name for yourself... you call yourself a common thief...

these song forums are for song comments, and I am an honest commentator...

this cover is a fave for everybody in my hotel room...


 

Welcome to the special Romeotuma spam/comments page. Normal service will be resumed on the next track he does not rate a 10. Thank you.


This cover is soooo good my nipples get hard when I hear it...



 


Sweet piano work on the live version of this very cool cover...  and the guitar lead rocks...  love it...

 



absolutely magnificent...  love it...
 

Not so much.




Everybody in my hotel room loves this cover...
 
Cool!!  From a live song that sounds like Lou Reed to a live song that was written by Lou Reed!!  

Love this song in both VU and CJ trim... : )
Soooo god for my ears :) Love her voice and this is a great cover.
One of the few covers of any song that is decent.
nice, but hard to out do Lou Reed, Rock N Roll Animal live version

Agreed.

 mirland wrote:

I prefer the Trinity Sessions recording of this track. But Margo Timmins voice is always great :)
 


The Trinity Sessions version of Sweet Jane is 10x better. The acoustics in that Toronto church are amazing and work perfectly for Sweet Jane.


Yeah, this is awesome...  brings back some memories...  very soothing...  love it...

 


Love the piano on this version...


 
Sweet Margo.{#Heartkiss}

I like her voice, but it comes off a few notches lower than what I would expect.  Just once it would be nice to see her amp it up a bit.


 Misterfixit wrote:
Note to Sound Board Guy:  Up the singer a couple of notches; level the bass and lead axe.  Otherwise.... good job of capturing ambiance.  I could see the singer breathing into the mic ..

Oh yes, note to self:  buy or steal this album.
  Note to self:
Hire Mr Fixit as a sound man next time he's in KC....he likes bumping up the lead vocals.

Real Nice
 alanthecowboy wrote:

It was live in the sense that it was recorded live off the floor, not multitracked, but there wasn't an audience there, so I hesitate to call it a 'live' album.

 
No wonder the crowd was so quiet - I thought they were just in a dream-state. {#Think}
Vox a bit low, but the sweetness still comes through!
 westslope wrote:

Agreed.  This one is not bad.  If I was Lou Reed, I would be flattered.  

 
lol

I prefer the Trinity Sessions recording of this track. But Margo Timmins voice is always great :)
 Stefen wrote:
Let's just say the studio version is sublime.
 
Agreed.  This one is not bad.  If I was Lou Reed, I would be flattered.  

 Stefen wrote:
Let's just say the studio version is sublime.
 
Yes...

 Misterfixit wrote:
Note to Sound Board Guy:  Up the singer a couple of notches; level the bass and lead axe.  Otherwise.... good job of capturing ambiance.  I could see the singer breathing into the mic ..

Oh yes, note to self:  buy or steal this album.
 
Note to self: hide CDs whenever funny guys from Nashville come to visit (just in case).
What vocal range this girl has!{#Neutral}
 Stefen wrote:
Let's just say the studio version is sublime.
 
Agreed.

 siandbeth wrote:
Could just be my cheap speakers but I wish they made her voice more pronounced.
 
Oh, I see mrfixit said the same thing earlier.

Could just be my cheap speakers but I wish they made her voice more pronounced.
Let's just say the studio version is sublime.


This is a nice version...  love it...




 stephw wrote:

MUTE {#Headache}


 

Interesting comment, since that's what they do to opposition voices in Canada?

MUTE {#Headache}


absolutely ethereal!
Sloppy guitar IMHO
 krich58 wrote:
I once had Margo sign my ticket on my birthday.
(lol)

 
at first reading, I thought that this said Margo had actually sung happy birthday to him/her...that would have been only slightly more amazing...amazingly soothing voice

I once had Margo sign my ticket on my birthday.
(lol)

Love the Junkies' version of this song soooo much... 
Nice song!


great live version of this cover...


 RobK wrote:


He doesn't need a nobody like you defending him, either.  Not to mention he'd probably think you're an idiot.
 
LOL... Rob, you're missing the obvious!  
the trinity sessions tour in Dallas at the Arcadia...nice ambiance!
they lit lots of candles...with the black background, it was terrific!
This and the original are the only two versions of this song you need.
 Misterfixit wrote:
Note to Sound Board Guy:  Up the singer a couple of notches; level the bass and lead axe.  Otherwise.... good job of capturing ambiance.  I could see the singer breathing into the mic ..

Oh yes, note to self:  buy or steal this album.
 
That is, alas, typical mixing for a CJ recording.  But I'll put up with it. . . .

i think this is the best version of this song i've heard. turns it into a sweet, sad, ballad. lovely.
Note to Sound Board Guy:  Up the singer a couple of notches; level the bass and lead axe.  Otherwise.... good job of capturing ambiance.  I could see the singer breathing into the mic ..

Oh yes, note to self:  buy or steal this album.


 jjbix wrote:
The more I hear of the junkies, the more I seem to be infected . . is it viral or bacterial?
 
It's not an infection, it's an addiction. If you don't act soon you'll be carrying out B and Es to feed you habit.


love it...


Now Lou's live version would have picked me up. This is a 4 in comaprison
After Lou's original, this is my favorite cover of SJ. And there have been some bad ones!
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I thought Trinity Sessions was live. Too.
 
It was live in the sense that it was recorded live off the floor, not multitracked, but there wasn't an audience there, so I hesitate to call it a 'live' album.

Edit:  And a much better version than this one, in my opinion.  The first version I ever heard, to be exact, and the one by which all others are judged, even the original (by me).


This song is good for the ears...




Interesting...  like many live versions, it is faster in tempo than the studio version...  that give the song a different feel to it, but that guitar lead is sweet, and the piano touches are nice...  the increased tempo makes this version more danceable...  I like it...


Huge Velvet's & Lou fan.  But have always loved this cover.
I ordinarily like most stuff by the CJs, but I detest this song in any form as performed by anyone.
 Mandible wrote:
is this song about {#Cowboy} ?
 
Cowboy hats?  Yes, the Cowboy Junkies are singing about cowboy hats.
 plaid wrote:
While I adore the Trinity Sessions version, and happily award it a 10, this live version misses the melancholy and texture of that one, and in doing so become pretty generic. Only a 5 from me.
 

{#Yes}

Lame.
I love this version, but It always makes me go dig out the original just to get the grit back under my fingernails.