Oh look. Another fucking cover. 74. The Ballad of Lucy Jordan - 6.10 Extras (A Woman and a Man B-side, 1996) Highest score: 10 (@unnameable) Lowest score: 3 x 2 (@Hatbar, @tylerc904) Okay, this one actually isn't bad. I gave it a 6.5, mostly on the strength of Belinda's vocal. It was one of two B-sides on CD1 of Always Breaking My Heart, the other being Love Walks In. In an ploy for sales so unabashed that I have to laugh, CD2 featured Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Circle in the Sand, and I Get Weak. CD1, on the other hand, included an "art print" of the front cover photo, which is actually one of my favorite Belinda photos, so who's the real winner here. Both Lucy Jordan and Love Walks In were added to the album in Japan, and Lucy Jordan was also included on the DTS 5.1 surround sound edition in the US. Anyway, The Ballad of Lucy Jordan was written by poet Shel Silverstein (of The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends fame), who, before he was writing shitty children's books, was writing songs and poems for adults. Like this song, about a housewife driven to attempt suicide. It was originally recorded in 1974 by Dr. Hook and the Medicine Show - no, I don't know her - but made famous in 1979 by Marianne Faithfull - hey, I do know her! - on her comeback/signature album Broken English. Her recording appeared in the finale to American Horror Story: Hotel, and she performed it in an episode of Absolutely Fabulous in her recurring role as God. Amazing? Amazing. It has also been recorded by country singer Lee Hazlewood, blues singer Lucinda Williams, and perennial Melodifestivalen contestant Kikki Danielsson. Again, amazing. @unnameable (10) calls it "a beautiful version of a classic." I... will agree that it is a classic, at least in the commercial sense of the word. @CasperFan (4) "wasn’t familiar with the original, nice enough but a little dull." "Shame this was relegated to only some special surround-sound release of A Woman and a Man," says @Seventeen Days (8), "as it’s the only other track from this era (besides In Too Deep) that I can truly say I enjoyed." Choices! Speaking of... "I like the vocal. The production, though... That was a choice. Someone remix this ASAP." Thank you, @pop3blow2 (7.8), for justifying my love my take above.