"The Way That He Sings"

My Morning Jacket originals & covers 1999-2004

Created by Ger Potze, May 5, 2001; this page has been last updated on February 14, 2005.


This page was part of "From Nashville To Kentucky", the first website for and about My Morning Jacket,
which served the public between February 2000 and February 2005. It has been continued as

"From Nashville To Kentucky", the illustrated MY MORNING JACKET discography

The first edition of "From Nashville To Kentucky" was created on February 20, 2000 and went online four days later.
Through the years it grew bigger and bigger and eventually it was closed around it's 5th anniversary.

This part of the original site has not been continued with the launch of the second edition on February 6, 2005.
However, the information on this page is as accurate as possible ... please get in touch if you have any piece of information to add ...



On this page you will mainly find an alphabetical listing of songs (known to be) covered by My Morning Jacket.
Included is information on the My Morning Jacket version(s), the original version (writer, performer), and other known cover versions.

BUT, the first part of this page contains information on My Morning Jacket songs covered by other artists. For now the following cover versions are known to me: the Belgian band Venus In Flames played a great version of I Will Be There When You Die live at the Marktrock festival in Leuven, Belgium in July 2000! This was broadcast by Studio Brussel, at least one time in December 2001, when Jim was in the Studio Brussel studio for an interview and an acoustic session.

Also, the Louisville cover band Gigolo Gypsy did a live cover version of Heartbreakin Man somewhere late 2000 or early 2001 at the Dutch's Tavern. KC Guetig wrote: "I witnessed it personally at a bar down the street from my house called Dutch's Tavern. This was before I was officially in the band, so no one had any idea that I knew the drum part as well. The rendition wasn't bad, though it was odd to hear a woman singing JJ's lyrics."

On May 31, 2002 in Dallas TX, the band Slobberbone closed the live-set with their song Haze of Drink. As they were finishing it up, and they were all strumming along and closing out the song Brent Best, the vocalist, closed the song by paying hommage to My Morning Jacket by singing the first line of The Dark, "Trapped in gasoline....", and then he said "Lizard" kind of quietly, but not the rest of it (the line is: "Trapped in gasoline, a lizard on a string, no one ever screams any more"). During the June 22, 2002 show at Dan's, Denton, TX, Brent Best also sang parts of The Dark, and Picture Of You.

A similar thing was done by the band Centro-matic, who played Phone Went West live during a show in the Fall of 2001. They also played a part of the same song on August 23, 2002 in Dallas TX!

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On October 21, 2002 the German FSK Sunday Service label (distribution Hausmusik) released the self-titled album by the (also German) singer-songwriter duo Künnecke & Smukal. It includes the My Morning Jacket song Death Is The Easy Way, and is available on CD and LP. Künnecke & Smukal also performed the song live on a Sunday Service radioshow on October 14, 2002.

- Christian Smukal (l) & Andi Künnecke (r) -

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Just shortly before the closing of this part of the first edition of "From Nashville To Kentucky", a My Morning Jacket fantribute was finished: "The Way That He Sings. The Fans Sing My Morning Jacket".

  1. At Dawn by Corey Hannah (olwiggum)
  2. O Is The One That Is Real by Jintro (‘O’)
  3. Bermuda Highway by Megan Hamilton (EC)
  4. Phone Went West (live) by buddy (Dave Rayburn and Caroline)
  5. Evelyn Is Not Real by The Rockefellaz (lfish)
  6. Lowdown by Hutch and the Hookers (hellaciousc)
  7. Tonite I Want To Celebrate With You by Megan Hamilton (EC)
  8. Just Because I Do by Corey Hannah (olwiggum)
  9. Masterplan by The Stillhouse Downs (Ben Grim)
  10. At Dawn by Megan Hamilton (EC)

"I am honored" - Jim James

For more information, MP3 downloads, liner notes, and artwork, go to this special site.




  • All Things Must Pass
    (George Harrison)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 2002

    (o) original version by George Harrison on his "All Things Must Pass" 3LP-set (1970). An early version from The Beatles 1969 "Let It Be" sessions can be found on The Beatles "Anthology 3" compilation (1996)



  • Angel Of Harlem
    (Bono/U2)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 2002

    (o) original version by U2 on their "Rattle And Hum" album (1988), also released as a single a-side the same year



  • Be Here To Love Me
    (Townes Van Zandt)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2003

    (o) original version by Townes Van Zandt on his "Our Mother The Mountain" album (1969)

    (c) other known cover version by Jonell Mosser (1996, on the album "Around Townes", including Townes Van Zandt songs only)



  • Behind That Locked Door
    (George Harrison)

    (mmj) official release on the various artists 2CD "The Mother Lodge: A Tribute To The Rudyard Kipling, Vol. 1" (March 2003)

    (o) original version by George Harrison on his "All Things Must Pass" 3LP-set (1970)

    (c) other known cover versions by Olivia Newton-John (1974), The Choir (1989), and Pete Drake (1999)



  • Beth
    (Criss/Ezrin/Penridge)

    (mmj) / (o) not a real cover, but on September 26, 2002 at La Zona Rosa in Austin TX, My Morning Jacket opened with all of them sitting on stools alongside each other stage front (ala "unplugged") everyone snapping along while Two Tone Tommy lip-synched to "Beth" by Kiss (originally from their 1976 album "Destroyer")



  • Black Sabbath
    (Tony Iommi/Bill Ward/Geezer Butler/Ozzy Osbourne)

    (mmj) performed live in 2002 & 2003

    (o) original version by Black Sabbath, to be found on their self-titled debut album (1970)

    (c) other known cover versions by Vader (1999), Mogwai & Magoo (1999), Acheron (2000 - on the Black Sabbath tribute "Hell Rules Vol. 2"), and Amber Asylum (2000)



  • Blue Moon Of Kentucky
    (Bill Monroe)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2000

    (o) original version by Bill Monroe (1946)

    (c) other known cover versions by the Stanley Brothers (1954), Elvis Presley (1954), Patsy Cline (1963), Ray Charles (1965), Rick Nelson (19..), Al Kooper (1969), Whirlwind (1978), Geraint Watkins (1979), and Paul McCartney (1991)



  • Dance The Night Away
    (Anthony/Roth/VanHalen/VanHalen)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2001

    (o) original version by Van Halen, to be found on the album "Van Halen II" (1979)

    (c) other known cover version by Tom Leach (1997 - on the Boston based artists Van Halen tribute "Everybody Wants Some")



  • Don't Stop Believin'
    (Cain/Perry/Schon)

    (mmj) performed live in 2001

    (o) original version by Journey, to be found on the album "Escape" (1981)



  • Dream A Little Dream Of Me
    (Gus Kahn/Fabian Andre/Wilbur Schwandt)

    (mmj) Jim James solo, official release on Ron Whitehead's various artists CD "From Iceland To Kentucky & Beyond" (November 2001). Also performed solo acoustic live by Jim James at the in studio performance of "Ron Whitehead's Apocalypse Jam" for "Live Lunch", WFPK Radio, Louisville, KY, September 21, 2001

    (o) original version by Wayne King & His Orchestra (vocals by Ernie Burchill) in 1931

    (c) other known cover versions by Ozzie Nelson (1931, Rick(y) Nelson's father!), Frankie Laine (1950), Jack Owens (1950), Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald (1950), Ella Fitzgerald & Count Basie (1957), Mama Cass with The Mamas & The Papas (1968), Pasadena Roof Orchestra (1985), Terry Hall & Salad (1995, on the War Child benefit CD "Help"), The Beautiful South (1995, in the movie "French Kiss"), Flying Pickets (1996), and Candye Kane (1999)



  • Easy
    (Lionel Richie)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000

    (o) original version by The Commodores, to be found on the album "Commodores" (1977), and as single a-side

    (c) other known cover version by Faith No More as "I'm Easy", single a-side (1993)



  • The End
    (The Doors)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 2000

    (o) original version by The Doors on their self-titled debut album (1967)

    (c) other known cover version by Nico (1974)



  • Every Rose Has It's Thorn
    (B. Dall/C.C. DeVille/B. Michaels/R. Rockett)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000

    (o) original version by Poison, to be found on the album "Open Up And Say ...Ahh!", and as single a-side (both 1988)

    (c) other known cover version by Norman Lee Schaffer

    the first verse has also been performed live solo by Jim James in 2002



  • Everybody's Talkin'
    (Fred Neil)

    (mmj) performed live in 2003

    (o) original version by Fred Neil on his untitled second album (1966, rereleased in 1969 as "Everybody's Talkin'" after Harry Nilsson -see below- had an international hit from the soundtrack of "Midnight Cowboy")

    (c) other known cover versions by Harry Nilsson (1968, on the album "Aerial Ballet" and as a 'bubbling under' single - in 1969 it was used in two versions for the "Midnight Cowboy" soundtrack, and Harry Nilsson received a Grammy for it), Emmylou Harris (1969, on her debutalbum "Gliding Bird"), Neil Diamond (1969), Willie Nelson (1970), Bill Withers (1971), John Holt (1978, reggae version), Johan Verminnen (1990, Flemish version as "Iedereen Praat Maar") Bongwater (1992), The Beautiful South (1994), Tony Bennett (1995), Ray Conniff (1995), Michael Ball (1999), Jimmy Buffett (2003), and many many more



  • Fairies Wear Boots
    (Tony Iommi/Bill Ward/Geezer Butler/Ozzy Osbourne)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2000

    (o) original version by Black Sabbath, to be found as one track with "Jack The Stripper" on the album "Paranoid" (1970)

    (c) other known cover version by Condemned (1993)



  • Freaks Of The Industry
    (Gibson/Money B/Shock)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000 as a medley together with "Principal's Office" (see below)

    (o) original version by Digital Underground, to be found on the album "Sex Packets" (1990)



  • Glycerine
    (Rossdale)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 1999

    (o) original version by Bush, to be found on the album "Sixteen Stone" (1994)



  • Good Til Now
    (Rawlings/Welch)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2000

    (o) original version by Gillian Welch, to be found on the album "Hell Among the Yearlings" (1998)



  • Hot Legs
    (Rod Stewart)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000

    (o) original version by Rod Stewart, to be found on the album "Foot Loose & Fancy Free" (1977), and as single a-side

    (c) other known cover version by Tom Jones (1970's live)



  • How The Gods Kill
    (Danzig)

    (mmj) performed live in 2002

    (o) original version by Danzig, to be found on the album "Danzig III: How the Gods Kill" (1992)



  • I Still Miss Someone
    (Johnny Cash/Roy Cash Jr.)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 2003 at the in-store performance at Soundscapes, Toronto, ON, Canada, September 12, 2003 (the day Johnny Cash died), and at the encore of the My Morning Jacket show at Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA, September 16, 2003!

    (o) original version by Johnny Cash on his "The Fabulous Johnny Cash" album (1958)

    (c) other known cover versions by Joan Baez (1964), Loretta Lynn (1965), Flatt & Scruggs (1965), International Submarine Band (1967), Linda Ronstadt (1972), Percy Sledge (1970's), Crystal Gayle (1978), Don King (1981), Emmylou Harris (1989), Stevie Nicks (1989), Leo Kottke (1991), Nanci Griffith (1998), Dolly Parton (1999), and more



  • I'm On Fire
    (Bruce Springsteen)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2002

    (o) original version by Bruce Springsteen, to be found on the album "Born in the U.S.A." (1984)

    (c) other known cover versions by Guana Batz (1986, rockabilly version), Fausto Papetti (1990, saxaphone version), Big Country (1996), Tori Amos (1996), P.J. Proby (1998), The Casey Neill Trio (2001), Little Milton (2001, on the "Bruce Springsteen Tribute: Made in the U.S.A."), and The Clumsy Lovers (2002)



  • Jeremy
    (Ament/Vedder)

    (mmj) performed live in 2002

    (o) original version by Pearl Jam, to be found on their debutalbum "Ten" (1991), also released as a single a-side

    (c) other known cover version by Naked Lunch (2001, on the various artists album "Smells Like Grunge Spirit")

    At the beginning of their Hamilton College (Clinton, NY) show on April 2, 2002, Jim went through about half of it to quiet a few drunken college kids who were standing in the front.



  • Jump
    (Anthony/Roth/VanHalen/VanHalen)

    (mmj) performed live in 2001

    (o) original version by Van Halen, to be found on the album "1984" (1984), and as single a-side

    (c) other known cover versions by Aztec Camera (1985), and London Bus Stop (1999)



  • The Man In Me
    (Bob Dylan)

    (mmj) performed live in 2004

    (o) original version by Bob Dylan, to be found on his album "New Morning" (1970)

    (c) other known cover versions by Lonnie Mack (1971), McKendree Spring (1973), Joe Cocker (1976), Nick Kamen, Freddie McGregor, The Sunset Travelers (2002), and Skip Heller (2004)



  • Miss You
    (Jagger/Richards)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2001

    (o) original version by The Rolling Stones, to be found on the album "Some Girls" (1978)

    (c) other known cover versions by Sugar Blue (1994), and Etta James (2000)



  • Mother
    (Roger Waters)

    (mmj) official release on the various artists CD "Little Darla Has A Treat For You v.14" (Darla Records Winter 2000)

    (o) original version by Pink Floyd, to be found on the album "The Wall" (1979)

    (c) other known cover version by Treadmill (1990)



  • My Morphine
    (Rawlings/Welch)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2000

    (o) original version by Gillian Welch, to be found on the album "Hell Among the Yearlings" (1998)



  • Never Tear Us Apart
    (Farriss/Hutchence)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2002

    (o) original version by INXS, to be found on the album "Kick" (1987)

    (c) other known cover version by Tom Jones w/ Natalie Imbruglia (1999, on the Tom Jones "Reload" album)



  • New Morning
    (Nick Cave)

    (mmj) official release on mini-CD "My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style!" (US-version Darla Records October 2000 & European version Darla Records/PIAS December 2000)

    (o) original version by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, as "New Day" on the b-side of "The Mercy Seat" single from May 1988. Re-titled "New Morning" on the album "Tender Prey" from September 1988



  • Peaceful, Easy Feeling
    (Jack Tempchin)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000, and live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2002

    (o) original version by the Eagles, to be found on their self-titled debut album (1972)

    (c) other known cover versions by B.W. Stevenson, Jack Tempchin (1978 - writer's version!), Kate Wolf (live 1983), Cecilio & Kapono (1992), Little Texas (1994 - on the Eagles tribute "Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles"), Nashville Superpickers (1994 - on their "Pickin' On The Eagles" album), and Bub Roberts (1997 - on his "Tribute To The Eagles" album)



  • Principal's Office
    (Dike/Ross/Young/Young M.C.)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000 as a medley together with "Freaks Of The Industry" (see above)

    (o) original version by Young M.C., to be found on the album "Stone Cold Rhymin'" (1989)



  • Race For The Prize
    (The Flaming Lips)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 1999

    (o) original version by The Flaming Lips, to be found on the album "The Soft Bulletin" (1999)



  • Ring Of Fire
    (June Carter/Merle Kilgore)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 2003 at the encore of the My Morning Jacket show at Lee's Palace, Toronto, ON, Canada, September 12, 2003 (the day Johnny Cash died)!

    (o) original version by Anita Carter as "Love's Ring Of Fire" (1962 - Anita Carter's the youngest sister of the late June Carter, co-writer and Mrs. Johnny Cash)

    (c) other known cover versions (all as "Ring Of Fire") by Johnny Cash (1963), Jerry Lee Lewis (1965), Tom Jones (1967), The Animals (1968), Country Joe McDonald & The Jordanaires (1969), Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash (1969, released bootleg only), Ray Charles (1970), Lynn Anderson (1971), The Eric Burdon Band (1974), Olivia Newton-John (1977), Carlene Carter (June Carter's daughter, 1980), Blondie (1980), Dwight Yoakam (1986), Social Distortion (1990), Frank Zappa (1991), Ed Kuepper (1994), Bob Dylan (1996, on the "Feeling Minnesota" soundtrack album), Bhundu Boys (1996), June Carter Cash (1999), and many more



  • Rocket Man
    (Elton John/Bernie Taupin)

    (mmj) official release on the various artists CD "Little Darla Has A Treat For You v.12" (Darla Records Summer 1999), and on the 7" vinyl single "My Morning Jacket Does Gold Hole" (Gold Hole Records January 2001). Also performed solo acoustic live by Jim James at the Dutch VPRO radio session, January 26, 2000

    (o) original version by Elton John, to be found on the album "Honky Château" (1972)

    (c) other known cover version by Kate Bush, released as single a-side (1990), and on the Elton John tribute album "Two Rooms" (1991)



  • Santa Claus Is Back In Town
    (Jerry Leiber/Mike Stoller)

    (mmj) official release on mini-CD "My Morning Jacket Does Xmas Fiasco Style!" (US-version only! Darla Records October 2000)

    (o) original version by Elvis Presley on his "Christmas Album" (1957)

    (c) other known cover versions by Nappy Brown (1991), Poison Idea (1996), Dwight Yoakam (1997), Jonny Lang (1997), Ron Sunshine & Full Swing (1998), and Southside Johnny (live 2000)



  • Sleep Walk
    (Ann Farina/John Farina/Santo Farina)

    (mmj) performed live in 1999 & 2000

    (o) original version by Santo & Johnny (1959), and a.o. to be found on "The Best of Santo & Johnny" (1997)

    (c) other known cover versions by Chet Atkins (1960), The Shadows (1961), The Ventures (1970's), Leo Kottke (1981), Jeff Beck (1985, in the movie "Porky's Revenge"), Jonathan Richman (1989), Stray Cats (1992), Al Kooper (1995), Ranier & Das Combo (1995), and many more



  • Spanish Pipedream
    (John Prine)

    (mmj) one verse only, performed live solo by Jim James in 2002

    (o) original version by John Prine, to be found on his self-titled album (1971)

    (c) other known cover version by Doodoo Wah (2000)



  • Suspicious Minds
    (Francis Zambon)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 2000 & 2001

    (o) original version by Mark James (real name Francis Rodney Zambon) in 1968

    (c) other known cover versions by Elvis Presley (1969, recorded with the same musicians as the original!), Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter (1970), B.J. Thomas (1970), Dee Dee Warwick (1971), Merry Clayton (1972), Thelma Houston (1980), Candi Staton (1982), Fine Young Cannibals (1986), Margriet Hermans (1990), Guido Belcanto (1992, Flemish version as "Als Door Achterdocht Verdoofd"), and Dwight Yoakam (1992, in the movie "Honeymoon In Vegas")



  • Take My Breath Away (Love Theme From Top Gun)
    (Moroder/Whitlock)

    (mmj) official release on the various artists CD "Louisville Is For Lovers" (Double Malt Music February 2001)

    (o) original version by Berlin for the "Top Gun" original motion picture soundtrack (1986), also to be found on their album "Count Three and Pray" (1986)

    (c) other known cover version by Earl Rose (1997)



  • Tequila Sunrise
    (Don Henley/Glenn Frey)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000

    (o) original version by the Eagles, to be found on the album "Desperado" (1973)

    (c) other known cover version by Ken Overcast, Alan Jackson (1994 - on the Eagles tribute "Common Thread: The Songs Of The Eagles")



  • Time Of The Season
    (Rod Argent)

    (mmj) performed live solo by Jim James in 2003

    (o) original version by The Zombies, to be found on the album "Odessey & Oracle" (1968)

    (c) other known cover versions by Argent (1974, ex-Zombies' Rod Argent new band), The Nylons (1994), Colin Blunstone (1996), Big Blue Missle & Scott Weiland (1999, on the "Austin Powers: Spy Who Shagged Me" soundtrack), and a few more



  • Touch Too Much
    (Scott/Young/Young)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000
    Jennifer Fuhrman wrote: "performed live twice both in 2000 - the second time ol' Two Tone grabbed that mic from Jim and sang his heart out, once again proving it's always the "quiet one" you have to watch out for"

    (o) original version by AC/DC, to be found on the album "Highway To Hell" (1979)



  • Tyrone
    (Badu/Hurt)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000, and released officially on the various artists CD "Little Darla Has A Treat For You v.17" (Darla Records Summer 2001)

    (o) original version by Erykah Badu, to be found on the album "Live" (1997), and as single a-side



  • Up On Cripple Creek
    (J.R. Robertson)

    (mmj) performed live acoustic solo by Jim James in 2000

    (o) original version by The Band (1969), to be found on the album "The Band" (1969)



  • Wear Your Love Like Heaven
    (Donovan)

    (mmj) official release on the various artists Donovan tribute CD "A Gift From A Garden To A Flower" (Darla Records November 2002)

    (o) original version by Donovan (full name: Donovan Phillip Leitch), on his 22-track double album (now available on a single CD) "A Gift From A Flower To A Garden", of which the first 10 tracks were released in the US as the single album "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" (both 1967)

    (c) other known cover versions by Richie Havens (live 1969), Sarah McLachlan (1991), Richard Dworsky (1992, New Age version), and Eartha Kitt (1995)



  • White Rabbit
    (Grace Slick)

    (mmj) official release on 7" vinyl single "My Morning Jacket Does Bad Jazz" (Bad Jazz Records July 2000)

    (o) original version by The Great Society (1965 w/ Grace Slick), to be found on the album "Conspicious Only In It's Abscence" (1968)

    (c) other known cover versions by Jefferson Airplane (1967 w/ Grace Slick), George Benson (1971), The Damned (1979), Sanctuary (1987), and June Tabor (1991)



  • Why Don't We Do It In The Road
    (Lennon/McCartney)

    (mmj) performed live in 1999

    (o) original version by The Beatles, to be found on the album "The Beatles" a.k.a. "White Album" (1968)

    (c) other known cover versions by Lowell Fulson (1970), Clint Ruin (a.k.a. Foetus) & Lydia Lunch (1992), Gumball (1994), and Today Is the Day (2000)



  • Will You Love Me Tomorrow
    (Carole King/Gerry Goffin)

    (mmj) performed live in 2000

    (o) original version by The Shirelles (1960 w/ Carole King on piano)

    (c) other known cover versions by Bobby Vee (1961), Ben E. King (1961), Tony Orlando (1961, as the answer "Not Just Tomorrow But Always"), John E. Holiday (1967, also as an answer "Yes, I Will Love You Tomorrow"), Little Eva (1962), Chiffons (1963), Dusty Springfield (1964), Len Barry (1965), Cher (1966 & 1972), Bunny Sigler (1967), The Four Seasons (1968 as "Will You Still Love Me"), Linda Ronstadt (1970), Carole King (1971 - writer's version!) Roberta Flack (1972), Cissy Houston (1973), Smokey Robinson (1973), Melanie (1973), Dave Mason (1978), Barbara Dickson (1981), The Machines (1982), Dionne Warwick (1983 w/ vocals by The Shirelles!), Herman Brood (1989), Bryan Ferry (1993), Bee Gees (1995 - on the Carole King tribute "Tapestry Revisited"), and Debbie Gibson (1995)




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