Last year, Bright Eyes released a cover of Vic Chesnutt‘s “Flirted With You All My Life” as the b-side to “Persona Non Grata” ahead of their comeback album, Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was. After nearly a year, the Conor Oberst-led trio has finally shared the recording of their Chesnutt cover to major streaming platforms.
The song comes from Chesnutt’s penultimate album, 2009’s At The Cut. The album came out just months before Chesnutt’s death from an overdose of sleeping pills on December 25th, 2009. In the wake of his death, “Flirted With You All My Life” is all the more prescient as its lyrics describe Chesnutt’s attitudes toward death and suicide, something he had admitted to attempting “three or four times” in an interview 24 days before his death. Oberst latches on to this added emotionalism and gives it the depression-tinged touch that permeates throughout the Bright Eyes catalog for a powerful cover.
“I had the pleasure of seeing Vic perform many times over the years and from a young age,” Oberst said in a press release. “I can truly say he deeply changed my worldview and what it meant to write a really unique and thought provoking song. One of the greatest ever. Always missed. Here is our humble version of one of his best.”
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Listen to Bright Eyes’ cover of Vic Chesnutt’s “Flirted With You All My Life” via the player below or on your preferred streaming platform.
Bright Eyes – “Flirted With You All My Life” (Vic Chesnutt)
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