Nick Drake — “Time Has Told Me” (from Way to Blue) — Time

Kelly Willis — “Time Has Told Me” (from What I Deserve) — Time

I’m on vacation this week, and I have turned control of the hive over to Sherry Ann — a music lover every inch my equal — for a few days, and the following is her first filed dispatch:

Two of my favorite artists of all time take on this tale of messed-up love in very different ways: Drake’s original is upbeat and peppy, while Willis’ is slow, sad, and depressing. Either way, it is pure brilliance. (For you trivia buffs out there, Robert Smith of The Cure adopted his band’s name straight from this song’s opening verse.)

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