shilpa ray with nick cave & warren ellis – pirate jenny (2013)

I’m sure I’ve posted this on Fleurmach before, but here it is again, because it’s just so great. A version of the Weill/Brecht composition, “Seeräuberjenny” from Threepenny Opera, released on the excellent compilation Sons of Rogues’ Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Shanties.

lotte lenya – lost in the stars

Lost in the Stars is a musical with score by Kurt Weill, based on the novel Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) by Alan Paton. The musical premiered on Broadway in 1949; it was the composer’s last work for the stage before he died the following year.

EDIT: The live performance I originally posted was removed from YouTube. Here is another version.

shilpa ray with nick cave and warren ellis – pirate jenny

My favourite version of this Weill/Brecht classic, ever.

“Pirate Jenny” (German: “Seeräuberjenny”) is a well-known song from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill, with lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. The English lyrics are by Marc Blitzstein. This cover by Shilpa Ray, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis was published in February 2013 on Sons of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, a Hal Willner-produced compilation album of songs performed by a roster of artists which also includes Tom Waits, Shane MacGowan, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Macy Grey, Johnny Depp, Frank Zappa and Richard Thompson.