British model and singer-songwriter Karen Elson had her initial brush with Jackson C. Frank’s “Milk and Honey” through a different folk musician altogether. “I first heard a version recorded by Sandy Denny, and it’s haunted me ever since,” she tells Rolling Stone. “I covered the song live and it began to take on a whole new meaning. The lyrics are sorrowful, yet a poetic take on the season’s changing and love. It reminds me of a Rilke poem.”
Standing in a carefully and sparsely lit room, Elson performs the track with only a guitar as accompaniment. The ex-Mrs. Jack White delivers a lonesome, haunting rendition in a black and white clip, which you can watch below.