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Janet Jackson and The Roots’ cute classroom-instruments cover of ‘Runaway’ has one important change

Janet Jackson and The Roots' cute classroom-instruments cover of 'Runaway' has one important change

Janet Jackson joined The Roots and Jimmy Fallon for their Classroom Instruments cover challenge, and updated the lyrics of her classic hit “Runaway” for this dreamy version. The chill, globe-trotting cover is like a little holiday for your overloaded brain. 

The change is tiny, but a very good one. The line “I woke up with an Australian breeze / and danced the dance with Aborigines” has always grated a bit, as it’s best not to refer to Indigenous Australians as “Aborigines.” (Here’s a good explanation as to why.)

In this version, though, she’s changed it to “and danced the dance with Indigenous peeps,” possibly for the first time. (She can be seen singing the old lyrics at live shows as recently as 2018.) It’s a small tweak that totally works with the song, and the insensitivity of the original term probably wouldn’t even have registered with the vast majority of listeners — but the language we use about people matters, and being proactive about getting it right helps everyone have a good time. Yeah. Read more…

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Let Ringo Starr, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots distract you with an adorable toy-instruments version of ‘Yellow Submarine’

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We all live in… a hell world that’s rapidly warming beyond compatibility with civilization and is also largely governed by micro-souled mooseknuckles! Fortunately, there are some nice things to distract us while we fail to reach for the emergency brake in this particular handbasket to hell, like the above video of Ringo Starr, The Roots, and Jimmy Fallon singing the sweet, damply utopian ditty “Yellow Submarine” accompanied by toy instruments.

Soon we will all live beneath the waves. Until then, let’s pretend we live in the sunny 2D-animated acid flashback that happened every time the other three Beatles let Ringo near the mic, bless him. Read more…

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