Richard Thompson: “1952 Black Lightening”

Posted: January 20, 2016 in RDubbs' Approved Proclamations, THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “1952 Black Lightening” – Richard Thompson
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: Mary Lou Lord vs. Sean Rowe
Peruse, Comment and Vote (I Beseech, Implore and Urge Thee, respectively)


Broc 3 - Cover Me Impressed

Says James to the Broccoli, My Hats off to You …


1952 Black Lightening, one of the all-time great ballads.

“Red hair and black leather, my favorite color scheme…”


The Original

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Richard Thompson:

Great live version recorded around 2006 when Thompson crashed at my apartment for a few weeks. I dearly love the man but he still owes me $20 dating back to that sojourn!

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THE CLASH of Cover Tunes

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Mary Lou Lord vs. Sean Rowe

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Mary Lou Lord:

Sean Rowe:


Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. It is your solemn responsibility to decide which cover song prevails. In other words … Which Side Are You On?!!? 

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Disclaimer: Votes cast from Florida may or may not be counted.



Unrelated But Not Without Ample Merit

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Won’t You Listen to What the Man Says?e)

“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.”   John Lennon as quoted in


  1. Cuspid says:

    Excellent original and excellent covers.

  2. RDubbs says:

    Both covers are great but in the end I voted for Sean Rowe because, quite frankly, from the looks of him I do not want to make him angry.

  3. Arnold Plotnick says:

    I must agree with Richie. While I find it hard to resist a fawn-like waif with an acoustic guitar, I feared that voting against Mr. Rowe would result in him leaping out of my computer screen and bashing my skull in with his guitar. So Sean Rowe it is.

  4. Pete Black says:

    This is one of my favorite songs of all time. Top 5. A Shakespearean love/tragedy with incredible guitar playing and a strong delivery by Thompson. At one show in an historic but very small venue which was once a burlesque theater in Kansas City, he asked for suggestions for a next encore. I yelled out for this one and he shrugged a kind of “of course”, then played it to tear inducing amazeballs. I love Mary Lou and had hoped we would be fast friends before she told me what a douche bag I was. Her version fails to bring the important elements home for me. Maybe a poor choice for a cover for her skills. Ah, the artists need guidance. Never heard of Sean Rowe but he brought passion and originality. He also makes a great gyro. Too much cucumber sauce and maybe light on red onion. He also killed my friend Sammy, but I don’t miss him.

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