24. Anna Begins – Counting Crows

Anna Begins is possibly the greatest love song ever written. The album version sucks enormous ass, so that’s why we return, time and again, to this live, acoustic version from the Jools Holland show in…I don’t know. Before you were born, anyway.

I am not worried,
I am not overly concerned

Yes you are, Adam Duritz, and that’s the reason you wrote the song.

She’s talking in her sleep
It’s keeping me awake

Well, that’s what you get for falling in love with a woman. You can’t say you weren’t warned.

Maybe I should just snap her up in a butterfly net and just pin her down on a photograph album

I’m not ready for this sort of thing

You and me both, Adam. You and me both.

Artist: Counting Crows
Album: August and Everything After
Writer: Adam Duritz
Producer: T Bone Burnett
Released: 1993; Geffen

2 thoughts on “24. Anna Begins – Counting Crows

  1. Nate

    How in the world can you not like the album version???? I am literally flabbergasted by that statement. The album version is PURE PERFECTION. The last 1:15 might be the best ending of any song. Pure gold.

  2. Simon Post author

    Thanks, Nate. Certainly a clumsy choice of words from me, but then this entire piece needs re-writing from the ground up. It’s on the todo list, promise.

    I do still believe the album is over-produced to the point where some of the songs—this one in particular—are not done justice. That’s why I like that live version: the song is given space to sing, and the artists are given space to emote.

    That all being said, I’ll listen to the album again with fresh ears. Thank you.


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