Jukebox Friday

7 Years – Lukas Graham Cover by Tanner Patrick

Ever since it came out around last Christmas, ‘7 Years’ was the song that kept playing in my head, insisting for me to like it. And I kept insisting not liking it. It’s not the song, I really really like it. But it’s the singer, Lukas Graham. It’s the way he kinda rolls his words that drives me absolutely crazy. It’s like nails dragging on the blackboard for me. So I’ve been avoiding that song. But then recently I heard them singing it in the X-Factor UK, Christian Burrows, who made me cry last time he performed his own song about his late brother, sang a little of ‘7 years’, with such heart-wrenching passion that I almost instantly fell for that song. So for today’s Jukebox Friday, I set out to find a cover version of the song, to find a version that I hear in my head, which is the version close to Christian’s rendition, raw and passionate. I went through a looot of covers. For some reasons most covers are done in a very tame way, maybe because the song is very acoustic friendly? Then finally I found one that is not quite as raw as Christian, but close enough, and it’s none other than Tanner Patrick. I like many of his other covers like ‘A Thousand Years’. So here it is, ‘7 Years’, Lukas Graham cover by Tanner Patrick. Happy Friday!

Once I was seven years old my momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely
Once I was seven years old

It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure

Once I was eleven years old my daddy told me
Go get yourself a wife or you’ll be lonely
Once I was eleven years old

I always had that dream like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
‘Cause only those I really love will ever really know me

Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
I was writing about everything, I saw before me
Once I was twenty years old

Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
Once I was twenty years old
Soon we’ll be thirty years old, our songs have been sold
We’ve traveled around the world and we’re still roaming
Soon we’ll be thirty years old

 

I’m still learning about life
My woman brought children for me
So I can sing them all my songs
And I can tell them stories
Most of my boys are with me
Some are still out seeking glory
And some I had to leave behind
My brother I’m still sorry

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, my daddy got sixty-one
Remember life and then your life becomes a better one
I made a man so happy when I wrote a letter once
I hope my children come and visit, once or twice a month

Soon I’ll be sixty years old, will I think the world is cold
Or will I have a lot of children who can warm me
Soon I’ll be sixty years old…

Once I was seven years old, momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you’ll be lonely
Once I was seven years old…

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