Musical coincidences # 218

April 13, 2012

Today’s coincidence is a triple header, and I may need to explain how I arrived at what you’re about to hear.

I’ll call the following course of events “What Peter Did”:

1. I recently saw on a music chart “Here Comes My Girl” by Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers. When I saw that song title I thought of “Here Comes The Night” by Them.

2. I started remembering the choruses in both songs, and I noticed that they were fairly similar. As a result, I started getting them both mixed up by having a part of the chorus in one of the songs choruses appear in the chorus of the other – and vice versa.

3. I wondered if those choruses were as interchangeable as I thought they were, so I fired up my audio editing program.

4. I messed about with the two songs and was able to replicate what I heard in my head. Hooray for technology!

5. As I was fiddling about with the audio for those two songs, I noticed that the way Van Morrison occasionally sang the word “night” in “Here Comes The Night” – using three notes to sing that one word (i.e., “ni-i-ight”) – sounded just like the ending of The Turtles‘ “Elenore”.

6. I tacked on the end of “Elenore” to the audio track in the part where Van Morrison was about sing “ni-i-ight” again, so that at the end of the track it’s The Turtles singing it instead of Van.

7. I saved the file, uploaded it to DivShare Grooveshark, and wondered if anyone would understand what on Earth I was talking about.

So what I’m basically trying to say is…

When I hear Tom Petty’s “Here Comes My Girl”, this is what I hear:

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – “Here Comes My Girl (1979) /
Them – “Here Comes The Night (1964) /
The Turtles – “Elenore” (1968)

Here are the full, untangled, versions:

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – “Here Comes My Girl (1979)

Them – “Here Comes The Night (1964)

The Turtles – “Elenore” (1968)

Incidentally, I don’t know if you know this (you probably do), but as I was gathering the links for all the songs and artists I discovered that Them’s version of “Here Comes The Night” wasn’t the first recorded one. The original is by Lulu.

And here it is:

Lulu – “Here Comes The Night (1964) (mono)

Lulu – “Here Comes The Night (1964) (stereo)