In true ska-pop rhythm, Graham “Suggs” McPherson delivers a “new” sound to Simon & Garfunkel’s “Cecilia”. The track also features the female raggamuffin duo, Louchie Lou & Michie One. From the perspective of ‘heartbreaker’ Cecilia, they rebuke the persona for his late night outs and mistreatment – in classic reggae rap form. Additionally, the two provide the background vocals.
Prior to a solo recording career, Suggs had served as the frontman for the English ska band, Madness. This cover song was one of his most successful releases, charting at #4 in the United Kingdom in 1996. While conversely, Simon & Garfunkel’s 1970 original recording charted at #4 in the United States but did not chart in the United Kingdom.
"Hey, you should know you never treat me too right
Should’ve come home you shouldn’t stay out at night
Think you never know you shouldn’t treat me this way
And you know I wouldn’t stray
Man, you should’ve known you could have give me everything
Go down on your knee, you should’ve put on the ring
Oh deny the rest, to me alone you should sing
And you know I wouldn’t stray, no way
Jubilation, she loves me again
I fall on the floor and I love it
Oh, jubilation she loves me again
I fall on the floor and I love it”
What are your thoughts of this collaborative rendition? Which version do you prefer?
About the Uncovering Covers series.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, such that this music series aims to spotlight musical gems as well as new and familiar artists. Cover songs will draw from the grand discographies of Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, including both the duo’s and their solo works.
This year’s series will focus on the Simon & Garfunkel catalogue.