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Road songs bear out a truism of popular music in general: the better the tune, the more people will take it up and recite it. The motives for these adaptations vary as widely as the results; a good song will hold its own against many artistic odds, and a good voice will carry even a meager melody. Occasionally at least, successors have proven capable enough and avoided being dismissed as weaker heirs. One example, two really, shall suffice: they may be called "Kings of the Road" — Dean Martin and R.E.M., covering Roger Miller's tune.

 

“Casey Jones”
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“King of the Road”
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An odd bit (for/by kam.)

For twenty-five years I have grown soft listening to the Eagles' "Ol' 55"; when I recently heard Tom Waits do the song, I said Waits was doing a good cover version. I was wrong; Waits had written the song the Eagles were covering.

 

 

 

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