Legendary singer-songwriter Bob Dylan leads a group of artists, including St. Vincent and Kesha, reimagining classic love songs for same-sex couples in a new compilation, Universal Love.
Dylan, who rose to fame as a folksinger in the 1960s and became one of the most influential artists of his era, switches the standard “She’s Funny That Way” to “He’s Funny That Way.” “I’ve got a man crazy for me / He’s funny that way,” Dylan sings.
The song was written by Charles N. Daniels and Richard Whiting in 1928 and first recorded by Gene Austin. It has been covered over the years by such famed singers as Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Liza Minnelli, with any gender-shifting in the lyrics usually reflecting an opposite-sex pairing — men singing “she,” women “he.”
Other tracks on the compilation are St. Vincent singing “And Then She Kissed Me,” a switch-up of “And Then He Kissed Me,” made famous by the 1960s girl group the Crystals; Kesha, turning Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Man to Love” into “I Need a Woman to Love”; Valerie June, covering Noel Coward’s “Mad About the Boy” as “Mad About the Girl”; Ben Gibbard, who changes the Beatles’ “And I Love Her” to "And I Love Him”; and Kele Okereke, singing the Mary Wells hit “My Guy.”
The compilation was produced by MGM Resorts International in conjunction with global advertising agency McCann and will be distributed by Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music. Find out more about the project here and listen to Dylan below.