Thursday, April 25, 2013

Song of the Day: Amanda Palmer - Polly (Nirvana cover)


Did you know that the Nirvana song "Polly" was based on a true story?  Apparently it was.  And I didn't even realize it until I saw this song covered by Amanda Palmer, until I watched this video.

AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA: "POLLY" (NIRVANA) OFFICIAL VIDEO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg0dWANc3mo

Wow, that is a powerful and haunting song and video.  Covers usually don't do the original justice, but I think this one does.


Here is the story behind the song, couple links I found.

From Wikipedia:
"Polly (song)"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polly_%28song%29

From Complete Nirvana:
"The story of Polly"
http://www.completenirvana.co.uk/php/information/polly.php

From Songfacts.com:
"Polly by Nirvana"
http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2715

From Snopes:
"Topic: Nirvana's 'Polly'"
http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=30;t=002579;p=0


Finally, two links to the original, one studio version and one live version.

"Nirvana - polly lyrics"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2Fr90sOxbs

"Nirvana - Polly (Unplugged)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd3rpF9v-1o