Track of the Day: 'Just Like a Woman' by Richie Havens

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Reader Barry Eisenberg recommends an artist known for his covers:

The one that comes to mind is Richie Havens’ cover of “Just Like A Woman,” and this live performance at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Celebration star tribute is as good as it comes.

Reason? Really? The feeling of it conveyed by his phrasing, the drama, the power of his simple rhythm work on the guitar, just a broken hearted, woebegone, it’s over, it’s over. And “I can’t fit. I believe it’s time for us to quit, and when we meet again, introduced as friends, PLEASE don’t let on that you knew me when I was hungry and it was your world.”

A more transformative version is embedded above, featuring Havens segueing from Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey” into the Dylan cover.

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