September 3, 2010

Madonna rarity leaks



Suddenly there are a clutch of unreleased Madonna songs hitting the net. The latest is a simple piano ballad called If You Go Away, supposedly recorded around 2004. It has been mentioned as being a part of her abandoned Hello Suckers musical, but that seems odd given that it was written by Jacques Brel in 1959. Tidbit: the English lyric was translated by Rod McKuen, the man whose voice you hear at the very beginning of Madonna's Drowned World. She sampled a snippet of his track Why I Follow The Tigers.

Get it from the lovely Camille at Hard Candy...

Madonna If You Go Away

5 comments:

Paul said...

i'm very behind with these madonna leaks. what else am i missing out on?! This is quite lovely. Can't believe Hey You got a release over this!

billcsistunedon said...

Canadian singer Terry Jacks, he of Seasons In The Sun infamy (another Jacquel Brel derivitive), had a Canadian hit with a version of this song in 1974. It was the follow up single to Seasons and got to #68 in a brief run on the Billboard Hot 100.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aazaieIk-4M

xolondon said...

Seasons is a song of my childhood! God. And I think Scott Walker also did If You Go Away during his imperial phase.

xolondon said...

PS Paul, most of them are quite crappy, so you are not missing much. I keep waiting for another "Honesty" or "Liquid Love" to leak.

V said...

Marc Almond covered "If You Go Away" way back in '83 I think in his "Untitled" album. Later he covered it again in his "Jacques" album. I always thought Marc and Nina Simone were the only ones that covered the song. Nina off course sang in French.