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Listen: Phosphorescent covers Bob Dylan’s “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”

on January 22, 2014, 10:43am

Though not yet an official holiday, we’re hoping Bob Dylan Cover Day eventually catches on like Christmas or Flag Day. Earlier this morning, we heard Built To Spill’s rocking take on 1983’s “Jokerman”, and now Phosphorescent‘s Matthew Houck tries his hand at “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”.

Written in December 1962 as a demo, but not released until 1971’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 2, the track represents one of the most poignant and heartfelt ballads from Dylan’s early career. Though Houck and Co. replace the song’s folksy acoustic guitar with the lush and warm tones of an electric guitar, little is done to disturb the hushed intimacy that abounds throughout the original. Listen in below.

The cover is the latest off Starbucks’ new Valentine’s Day comp, Sweethearts 2014, which also features Beck (“Love”), Vampire Weekend (“Con te Partirò”), Jim James, and Ben Harper (“Fade Into You”), among others. It’s due out February 4th via Hear Music/Concord Music Group.

Sweetheart 2014 Tracklist:
01. Jim James – “Turn Your Lights Down Low” (Bob Marley cover)
02. Vampire Weekend – “Con Te Partirò” (Inspired by the Andrea Bocelli recording)
03. Beck – “Love” (John Lennon cover)
04. Phosphorescent – “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” (Bob Dylan cover)
05. The Head and the Heart – “Don’t Forget Me” (Harry Nilsson cover)
06. Valerie June – “Happy or Lonesome” (the Carter Family cover)
07. Bahamas – “Always on My Mind” (Willie Nelson cover)
08. Thao – “If You Were Mine” (Ray Charles cover)
09. Ben Harper – “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
10. Fiona Apple – “I’m In The Middle of a Riddle” (Anton Karas cover)
11. Brandi Carlile – “The Chain” (Fleetwood Mac cover)
12. Blake Mills – “I Hope” (Bobby Charles cover)
13. Sharon Jones – “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours” (Stevie Wonder cover)