Percy Sledge may be dead, but his song will never die

Here is “When a Man Loves a Woman” sung (pretty well) by someone in the Chinese version of “The Voice”:

OK, fine, but there will never be anything like the original:

Hearkening back to our discussions of first person vs. third person: notice how the song starts out in the third person, and then abruptly changes into the first person, and suddenly becomes infinitely more powerful.  Percy isn’t talking in generalities now; he is talking about himself.  And therefore he’s talking about each of us.

RIP.

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