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A girl implores her guitar to bring back her girl. In the 69 Love Songs booklet, Stephin Merritt points to the folk tradition of singing in the character of the opposite gender. A song like House of the Rising Sun has different meaning when sung by Joan Baez or Marianne Faithful as opposed to Bob Dylan or The Animals. On the other hand, the vocalist, Claudia Gonson, is openly gay.
A girl implores her guitar to bring back her girl. In the 69 Love Songs booklet, Stephin Merritt points to the folk tradition of singing in the character of the opposite gender. A song like House of the Rising Sun, originally written from the female point of view, may be straightforward when sung by Joan Baez or Marianne Faithful, but is less so when sung by Bob Dylan, who retains the same point of view. A similar ambiguity arises when Claudia Gonson sings Acoustic Guitar (having previously been straight, [Gonson] is now openly lesbian).

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