Cowboy Junkies: Sweet Jane

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Sweet Jane

Anyone who's ever had a hurt
Wouldn't turn around and break it
And anyone who's ever played a part
Wouldn't turn around and hate it

CHORUS: Sweet Jane, sweet Jane
Sweet, sweet Jane
You're waiting for Jimmy down in the alley
Waiting there for him to come back home
Waiting down on the corner
And thinking of ways to get back home

CHORUS: Sweet Jane, sweet Jane
Sweet, sweet Jane
Anyone who's ever had a dream
Anyone who's ever played a part
Anyone's who's ever been lonely
And anyone who's ever split apart

Sweet Jane, sweet Jane
Sweet, sweet Jane
Heavenly widened roses seem to whisper to me
When you smile, heavenly widened roses seem to whisper to me when you smile

CHORUS: La la la la, la la la la
Sweet Jane, Sweet, sweet Jane








songwriter: Lou Reed

performed by: Cowboy Junkies

date released: 1970 by The Velvet Underground featuring Lou Reed. 1988 by Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies are an alternative rock/country/blues band which hails from Toronto, Canada. The group was formed in 1985 by Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins (all siblings) and Alan Anton. The Timmins siblings are descendants of Noah Timmins, the mining prospector for whom the town, Timmins, Ontario, was named. Another sister of this talented family was Cali Timmins who began an actress starring in the production, "Ryan's Hope".

After an unauspicious start, the band received critical attention with their second album, "The Trinity Session", which was recorded in 1987 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. The single, "Sweet Jane", was later released from the album whose unique mix of musicial genres soon won the band a devoted cult following.

The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991.

There are several interpretations on the meaning of "Sweet Jane" as written by Lou Reed. Fortuitously for my purposes, the song is much distilled in the Cowboy Junkies cover. The street scene opening and "waiting for Jimmy" could possibly allude to a drug transaction as Lou Reed was renowned as a street-savvy artist with chemically-fuelled oeuvres. Is "heavenly widened roses seem to whisper to me"---a mind-blown image?

In other interpretations, Sweet Jane is a study in contrasts of the roles and images projected between Jane and the artist as suggested by the line, "anyone who's ever played a part." Jane is cast as a rather conventional, straight-laced girl, "sweet, sweet Jane" in opposition to the swaggering, suffering artist who has experienced loneliness and relationship blues. I would argue that one needs to revisit The Velvet Underground's version to really get a hold on the gist of "Sweet Jane". It is quite plausible that Lou Reed was simply describing a street scene as well. Anything goes with Lou Reed.



























Sweet Jane

Anyone who's ever had a hurt
Wouldn't turn around and break it
And anyone who's ever played a part
Wouldn't turn around and hate it

CHORUS: Sweet Jane, sweet Jane
Sweet, sweet Jane
You're waiting for Jimmy down in the alley
Waiting there for him to come back home
Waiting down on the corner
And thinking of ways to get back home

CHORUS: Sweet Jane, sweet Jane
Sweet, sweet Jane
Anyone who's ever had a dream
Anyone who's ever played a part
Anyone's who's ever been lonely
And anyone who's ever split apart

Sweet Jane, sweet Jane
Sweet, sweet Jane
Heavenly widened roses seem to whisper to me
When you smile, heavenly widened roses seem to whisper to me when you smile

CHORUS: La la la la, la la la la
Sweet Jane, Sweet, sweet Jane








songwriter: Lou Reed

performed by: Cowboy Junkies

date released: 1970 by The Velvet Underground featuring Lou Reed. 1988 by Cowboy Junkies

Cowboy Junkies are an alternative rock/country/blues band which hails from Toronto, Canada. The group was formed in 1985 by Michael, Margo and Peter Timmins (all siblings) and Alan Anton. The Timmins siblings are descendants of Noah Timmins, the mining prospector for whom the town, Timmins, Ontario, was named. Another sister of this talented family was Cali Timmins who began an actress starring in the production, "Ryan's Hope".

After an unauspicious start, the band received critical attention with their second album, "The Trinity Session", which was recorded in 1987 in the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. The single, "Sweet Jane", was later released from the album whose unique mix of musicial genres soon won the band a devoted cult following.

The band was nominated for Group of the Year at the Juno Awards in 1990 and 1991.

There are several interpretations on the meaning of "Sweet Jane" as written by Lou Reed. Fortuitously for my purposes, the song is much distilled in the Cowboy Junkies cover. The street scene opening and "waiting for Jimmy" could possibly allude to a drug transaction as Lou Reed was renowned as a street-savvy artist with chemically-fuelled oeuvres. Is "heavenly widened roses seem to whisper to me"---a mind-blown image?

In other interpretations, Sweet Jane is a study in contrasts of the roles and images projected between Jane and the artist as suggested by the line, "anyone who's ever played a part." Jane is cast as a rather conventional, straight-laced girl, "sweet, sweet Jane" in opposition to the swaggering, suffering artist who has experienced loneliness and relationship blues. I would argue that one needs to revisit The Velvet Underground's version to really get a hold on the gist of "Sweet Jane". It is quite plausible that Lou Reed was simply describing a street scene as well. Anything goes with Lou Reed.



























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Quiz #: 5504
In arguably their best-known work, Cowboy Junkies pay tribute to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground in "Sweet Jane"
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
High Intermediate

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