09.11.2014

Kenny Rankin – While My Guitar Gently Weeps

De Amerikaanse singer/songwriter & jazz-zanger Kenny Rankin (1940-2009) had een unieke stijl van zingen, die ondermeer zeer in de smaak viel bij Herman van Veen, Paul McCartney en mijn broer Roeland.

Herman van Veen gebruikte twee nummers van Rankin, inclusief arrangementen, op zijn LP Morgen (1971). Paul McCartney vroeg hem om zijn versie van Blackbird te spelen tijdens het concert in 1987 waarbij Lennon & McCartney werden geïnstalleerd in de The Songwriters Hall Of Fame. Mijn broer Roeland tenslotte, introduceerde zijn muziek bij mij en is nog steeds dol op hem.

Hier speelt Rankin While My Guitar Gently Weeps (1968) van George Harrison (1943-2001), tijdens een concert in 2001.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I look at you all,
see the love there that’s sleeping,
while my guitar gently weeps.
I look at the floor,
and I see it needs sweeping,
still my guitar gently weeps.

I don’t know why
nobody told you,
how to unfold your love.
I don’t know why
someone controlled you,
they bought and sold you.

I look at the world
and it’s still turning,
while my guitar gently weeps.
With every mistake,
we must surely be learning,
still my guitar gently weeps.

I don’t know how
you were diverted.
You were perverted too.
I don’t know why
you were inverted.
No one alerted you.

My funny valentine,
sweet comic valentine.
You made me smile
with my heart.

I look at you all
see the love there that’s sleeping,
while my guitar gently weeps.

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