The late Elliott Smith was among the most avid and unabashed of Beatles fans. Throughout his tragically short career, the artist managed to cover a great number of the Fab Four’s timeless music, and all with beautiful results. In fact, quite recently, we ranked his cover of Because as the second greatest Beatles cover of all-time.
Now, thanks to TwentyFourBit, another one of Smith’s great Beatles covers has come to our attention. Below you can listen to his unreleased cover of the John Lennon-penned I’ll Be Back from A Hard Day’s Night:
The lyrics to the track were among Lennon’s most vulnerable at the time, and so the words and the music seem like a perfect fit for a musician as truthful and as authentic as Smith. It is also quite nice to hear Smith’s voice again from beyond the grave: still soothing and still brokenhearted.