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Slash pops up everywhere these days, appearing to play his “Sweet Child o’ Mine” lick whenever you say his name three times (see: Super Bowl). Thankfully, jolly old Vunter Slaush stayed dormant when Scott Gagner recorded his cover of the Guns n’ Roses classic. This delicate acoustic ballad would most certainly not benefit from top-hatted heroics.

“The idea came to me in a dream: covering Sweet Child O’ Mine as a soft acoustic lullaby, not unlike Nick Drake or Elliott Smith,” Gagner said. “In so doing, I was interested in taking an incredibly popular, muscular, ’80s metal anthem and stripping it down until it revealed something new and beautiful in the lyric. When I tracked the vocal, I had my unborn daughter in mind, thus a more literal take on the song title.”

Drift off to sleep to his Drake-ish “Sweet Child o’ Mine,” available on his new album Rhapsody in Blonde.

Scott Gagner – Sweet Child o’ Mine (Guns n’ Roses cover)

Buy Gagner’s ‘Rhapsody in Blonde’ at Amazon or iTunes.

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  1. Actually, it’s on Til Their Eyes Shine – The Lullaby Album from 1992 and was covered by Emmylou Harris — an absolutely fantastic album no matter who/what age the audience.

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      2. Child Of Mine Emmylou Harris
      3. Dun Do Shuile Maura O’Connell
      4. To A Child Laura Nyro
      5. Lullaby For a Doll Kate McGarrigle;Anna McGarrigle
      6. Nayib’s Song (I Am Here For You) Gloria Estefan
      7. Go To Sleep Deniece Williams
      8. If I Didn’t Have You To Wake Up To Carole King
      9. Dream Brenda Russell
    10. Sail Away Dionne Warwick
    11. Dreamland Mary-Chapin Carpenter

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