Bonnie Raitt sings Right Down the Line

Nice cover of the Gerry Rafferty song.

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  1. DonDueed says

    It would have been interesting if she’d sung the original lyric: “It’s been you, woman, right down the line.”

    Bonnie made it gender-neutral, substituting “oh baby” for “woman”. Back in the day, folk singers would often sing lyrics that were originally written for a singer of the other sex. Raitt came out of that folk tradition, but here she makes the adjustment. Not sure if it means anything in particular, though.

    I liked the subtle change in the song’s rhythm. Bonnie gives it a sort of soft reggae treatment that works well to my ear.

  2. Francisco Bacopa says

    I’ve heard the same thing with the song “Red Clay Halo”. Not sure whether it was a man or a woman what snag it first, but it’s always hetero adjusted every time I have heard it.

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