Tom Waits' Jersey Girl -- Total 7
Bruce Springsteen's Jersey Girl -- Total 8
Hold that cheering, Springsteen fans. I haven't voted yet.
And my vote is for Tom Waits.
Which brings us back to a tie. 8-8. What does one do in these cases, O Ye BoTB Masters?
Why Tom? Well... he does it for me. I like Bruce's version--it's, in fact, the first one I heard and fell in love with, but... There's something about that grittiness of Tom's that, one, can't be emulated, really, and two, just makes the song come alive. (For me.)
And that brings me to another thing: why I'm in love, so soon after joining, with BoTB. There's no real reason a face-off between two versions of a song should be so much fun... There's not that much to it, is there? Ah, but done like this--it's the community, for one (you bunch of wonderful people, you), and it's also something special I discovered. The living reminder that one human's poison is another's delicacy. How one person may love a version and another hate it, often for the very same reasons... It's a lesson I love, a lesson I forget too often. I think most of us do, at a subconscious level. And I think it's a lesson worth living.
Thank you, BoTB family, for welcoming me so heartily. I look forward to many, many more battles with you :)
P.S. -- If you want to hear either song--or both--again, here's the original BoTB post.