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This Medieval Cover of “Summertime Sadness” Is a Mood

Hildegard von Blingin’ has one of the best channels on YouTube. We bet you never knew you needed medieval-style covers of songs like “Jolene” and “Somebody That I Used to Know,” but trust us, you do. We’ve covered many of the channel’s musical selections since its inception just three short months ago, and all of them have been a delight. But their latest cover? Well, it feels more directly relatable.

Take a listen to Hildegard von Blingin’s cover of Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” below.

See what we mean? There’s something so melancholy and applicable about this particular cover. Maybe because we’re approaching the end of summertime and it’s definitely been a sad one. This whole year has felt relatively miserable, but summertime illustrated it best of all. In the era of COVID-19, summer feels like one long, giant slog instead of the fun-filled season it once was.

A lyrical image from the Summertime Sadness cover by Hildegard von Blingin'.
Hildegard von Blingin’

The original song offers a similar melancholy energy, and speaks about the good times before the bad. Those lyrics are re-framed in a medieval style for Hildegard von Blingin’s video. Here’s just a brief sampling of the new, bard-like wording:

I don my red surcoat tonight,
Dancing in the dark in the pale moonlight
Like Godiva, hair loose down to the thigh
Pattens off, I feel so alive 

Oh, by God!
I feel it in the air,
Cathedral bells above 
A-ringing like a prayer 

How my heart’s a’fire! 
I feel it everywhere 
Naught can daunt me anymore 

If you’re into this lovely medieval cover, be sure to check out everything else by Hildegard von Blingin’. That includes the new cover of a song by Saint Hildegard, their namesake, that they posted this week. Can we hurry up and make this person famous already? They’re one of the many examples of people bringing us their profound creativity in quarantine and we’re so grateful.

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