Artist: Jeff Buckley
Among the YouTube comments for this Leonard Cohen cover is the following: "I forget everything.. for 6:54 mins, EVERY TIME." Seems about right. Many have covered this incredibly poignant and simple song, from John Cale (whose version inspired Buckley's cover) to k.d. lang, but I don't think any comes close to matching Buckley's fervent rendition which occupies a higher place for me than even the original. Buckley's guitar work is as mesmerizing as his voice and one cannot help but hear the song as a prescient lamentation to his untimely death, which makes it all the more plaintive. A beautiful interpretation of an extraordinary song.