One of my favorite songs of all time is Hurt by Nine Inch Nails. I fell in love with the song when I was in high school and was in my teenage angst. It still speaks to me — just not in the same way. What amazing me about this song is that it has been covered. When you watch these videos, you can see the different takes people took on what is the same song and how each shows a different meaning.
The first is the original. This makes me think of depression and angst. It definitely works with the “emo” thing that the kids have going on now. I can't find the original video. However, this is live from one the dvds that have been released. It still amazing me that even now he sings this with such angst.
Next is Johnny Cash's version. There have been several covers of Hurt. Johnny's is the only one that gives the songs a whole new meaning. Even though it is the same words, they take on such a different meaning when he sings them. This version is about an old man reaching the end of his life and having regrets.
The last version is by Kermit the Frog. This one I have to warn you not to watch when children are around. I have to admit that I laugh every time I see it, but man, it is a completely different take on the song. Umm, I'll you see what this about for yourself.
Three versions. Three meanings. Thoughts, anyone?