Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard was at the “Conan” studios in Los Angeles on Wednesday to perform his fresh cover of The Beatles’ 1964 ballad, “And I Love Her.” Gibbard’s new version however, has been given a makeover with reworked lyrics which fit into the LGBT community, thanks to the song's inclusion on a new star-studded compilation album titled Universal Love.
As previously reported, Universal Love includes six new recordings from artists like Bob Dylan, St. Vincent and Kesha, who all put new lyrics into classic love songs so that those in the gay community now have the equal chance to enjoy the music, penned a bit differently to fit their romantic lifestyles. The album was funded and produced by MGM Resorts International, whose goal was to provide a “collection of wedding anthems for same-sex couples.” English musicians Kele Okereke and Valerie June also appear on the album, which is available to hear now on most major streaming platforms.
Gibbard’s version of the Beatles’ classic acoustic ballad, which was featured in their 1964 “A Hard Day’s Night” film, sticks pretty close to the original, with only the main lyrical line in the chorus changed to “And I love him.” As seen and heard in the video above, the bass player in Gibbard's live band even sports a Hofner brand model, the same one which Paul McCartney has famously used throughout his career.
This isn’t the first time that the Death Cab singer and guitarist has put his own spin on a classic love song from the past. The band contributed their own version of the 1954 doo-wop ballad "Earth Angel" for the soundtrack to the “Stubbs the Zombie” computer game a few years back, which can also be heard by clicking here.