Miley Cyrus has often been the subject of controversy and now she is, once again, under the spotlight for her cover of the Led Zeppelin classic Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You, which she has renamed for her version of it Baby I’m Gonna Leave You. The controversy, this time, stems from some fans and critics who really love her version of the song and others who think that it is horrible and that she should stick to singing pop songs and twerking.
Miley Cyrus, 21, received pretty much the same reaction when she covered The Beatles’ classic song, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. While there is probably nobody who can match the original version of this song, Cyrus did what many feel was at least a passable job singing it, although others thought that she did not deserve to have tried to sing it at all, as it is such an iconic rock song.
The reactions of various websites and reporters who have written about Miley’s cover, Baby I’m Gonna Leave You, ranges from Cambio saying that since it was posted at YouTube this weekend, “we haven’t stopped playing it,” to the earsucker site article about it in which the reporter writes that “we think this version of the song is nothing but utter garbage.”
Cambio claims that the the Miley Cyrus version sounds just “like the original track, minus the small title change and all,” adding that her “freaking vocals sound amazing.” On the other hand, earsucker‘s reporter wrote that Miley should “stick with what you know: manufactured pop music for the masses.”
When Led Zeppelin recorded the song Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You and put it on their first album in 1969, they were covering another artist’s song. The song was actually originally written by folk singer Anne Bredon and recorded by Joan Baez in 1962. After Led Zeppelin recorded it, the song became more popular than it ever had been before, though.
According to the Standard-Examiner, Miley Cyrus, who won the MTV VMAs award for Video of the Year with her hit, Wrecking Ball, her take on songs like the classic Led Zeppelin classic Babe, I’m Gonna Leave You sends out a feminist message that women can take on hard rock songs and do just as well as men can. Whether or not she succeeds at this with her cover of the Led Zeppelin song and her covers of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and Fleetwood Mac’s Landslide is a matter of opinion.
Miley Cyrus has pointed out the double standard that exists in rock ‘n’ roll before, saying that she has been criticized for sticking out her tongue too much, but that Gene Simmons or KISS did not receive much criticism when he did it. Also, she has stated that Elvis Presley was twerking when he did his hip thrusts long before she did it, though he was not dressed as provocatively. She stated to the Standard-Examiner “Like, no one wants to admit that he was twerking, he was.”
Miley Cyrus will probably get even more criticism by these comments. People who are fans of rock legends like The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, KISS, Elvis Presley and Led Zeppelin often do not like anyone to cover the iconic rock songs that they grew up with. The songs are considered by them to be the ultimate expressions of whatever particular song it happens to be, whether it is Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds or Baby, I’m Gonna Leave You. An audio version of the Miley Cyrus version, Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, is below — check it out!
Written By Douglas Cobb
Miley Cyrus Singing Baby I’m Gonna Leave You (Audio)