“The Ballad of Lucy Jordan” – Marianne Faithfull

Like Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’s “Hurt,” this is a case where a cover transcends the original by a tremendous degree based solely on the pathos of the singer’s life experience.  Faithfull covered this song (written by Shel Silverstein, but originally recorded by Dr. Hook ?!?) at roughly the same age of the song’s protagonist. It’s a tremendous performance, especially given Faithfull’s troubled life prior to covering this song. Used to great effect in the film “Thelma and Louise.”

“Why D’ya Do It?” – Marianne Faithfull

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Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned … especially when she’s in her late 30s, has lived a very hard life, and sounds like she could literally tear your head off with her bare hands.  You thought Alanis Morisette’s “You Oughta Know” sounded angry?   You thought Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction” was nuts?  Hell, you thought Trent Reznor sounded pissed off against the female race on NIN’s first two-three albums?  Faithfull could easily kick all their asses without breaking a sweat and then go after the “bad boyfriend” in this song with a knife and fork.  Yikes.  A really, really angry song with a lot of bad language, so you know the drill.