Music legend Bob Dylan has recorded a same-sex love song for a new compilation of “reimagined” versions of songs designed for same-sex couples’ weddings.
On the new EP Universal Love, Dylan sings a new version of the 1929 song “She’s Funny That Way” with the pronouns switched to “He’s Funny That Way”.
“If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective,” one of the EP’s producers Tom Murphy told the New York Times.
“If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?”
Executive producer Rob Kaplan said he received a very quick ‘yes’ from Dylan when he asked him about the project.
“And it wasn’t just ‘yes, I’ll do this,’ it was ‘hey, I have an idea for a song,’” he said.
The EP also features St. Vincent, who takes on the Crystals’ “And Then He Kissed Me” (reimagined as “And Then She Kissed Me”).
Kesha also sings a switched-pronoun version of Janis Joplin’s “I Need a Man to Love”.
She told the New York Times since marriage equality was legalised she had become ordained and had officiated two weddings for gay couples.
“For years I said that I’m not getting married until any two people can legally marry in this country,” she said.
On the EP, Bloc Party’s Kele Okereke covers the Temptations on “My Guy” and Death Cab for Cutie vocalist Ben Gibbard covers the Beatles with “And I Love Him”.
Listen to Bob Dylan’s take on “He’s Funny That Way” below: