Watch: Sam Smith covers Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car”

Sam Smith // Photo by Ben Kaye

Photo by Ben Kaye

“Hey, Chris, what’s the one song that really gets at you emotionally? Ya know, really hits you in the ol’ heart box every time?”

“Why that would be Tracy Chapman’s 1988 single ‘Fast Car’, oddly curious stranger.”

“How so?”

“It’s so powerful and moving; from Chapman’s evocative croon to the notion of escaping life’s banalities for the uncertainty of happiness, it’s utterly heartbreaking and yet still totally life-affirming. Not sure anyone could make it more of an emotional experience.”

“What if I told you Sam Smith covered the song during a recent session for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge.”

“He did?”

“Yes, and much like his cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”, he totally made it his own. The stark, minimalist approach put the emphasis directly on Smith, who alternated between a pained whisper and a sparing croon born out of pure desperation. If Chapman’s version gets your goose, then this rendition will leave you crying in the fetal position. You should totally check it out, bra!”

::Watches the cover below:: “Oh, god, my feelings.”