Cover Versions: Sinead O’ Connor/Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U by Dan Kelly

So now it’s only been a couple of days since the purple and beautiful one left us all behind, I still can’t believe it really. This does seem much harder to take, I’ve pretty much been listening to his music all weekend and now it’s Monday morning. So I’ve got to post this cover of the Sinead O’Connor song, one of his most famous tracks sung by someone else besides himself. Nothing Compares 2 U was a number 1 hit single in this country at the time of release in 1990.

Aussie singer-songwriter Dan Kelly record his version in 2007 for various artists comp album of male singers singing songs performed by female artists, yes it’s an odd idea. I think if I remember rightly at the time someone at a record company wanted Tim Rogers and his band You Am I to do a Patti Smith track which never happen at all but they’re all these others. I do have to say Dan’s one is the best. The album was called No Man’s Woman which is a title of yet another Sinead O’Connor song which wasn’t even on that album. Kelly’s Nothing Compares To You is such a lovely cover with him playing ukulele, it’s so beautiful and wonderful. Do the lyrics now take on a new meaning?

Nothing Compares 2 U written by Prince

It’s been seven hours and fifteen days
Since u took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since u took your love away

Since u been gone I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose
I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues

`Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u

It’s been so lonely without u here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby where did I go wrong

I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they’d only remind me of you
I went to the doctor and guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said, “Girl, you better try to have fun no matter what you do.”
But he’s a fool

`Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u

All the flowers that u planted, mama
In the back yard
All died when u went away
I know that living with u baby was sometimes hard
But I’m willing to give it another try

Nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u
Nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u
Nothing compares
Nothing compares 2 u


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