On April 6th, the Elton John tribute records Restoration and Revamp were released. Both records feature chart-topping popular artists, but Restoration in particular is required listening for any country fan. The album features stunning covers of Elton John classics, such as Miranda Lambert’s version of “My Father’s Gun.”
The track, written by Elton John and his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, was orginally released in 1970 on Tumbleweed Connection. Starting with John’s vocals and signature piano stylings, the song sweeps up in energy with a backing choir. Lambert’s version, on the other hand, starts off with her voice and an acoustic guitar and builds up to a soaring electric guitar joined by only Lambert’s vocals.
Without the choir, the song remains more individualistic, reflecting a personal battle happening alongside the Civil War. Starting with the lyrics, “From this day on, I own my father’s gun,” the track paints the picture of a son of a Confederate soldier who picks up his father’s fight where he left off when he passed away.
Miranda Lambert’s “My Father’s Gun” has recevied special attention along with Chris Stapleton’s “I Want Love” and Little Big Town’s “Rocket Man,” but the entire record is well worth a listen from start to finish for anyone who appreciates stellar songwriting.