Leadbelly, “Where Did You Sleep Last Night”
When we decided, after much deliberation, that our video needed music (“But the words are the music!”), and then that they desperately needed music, we promptly had a panic attack.
Okay we promptly made remixes of The Xx and then remembered copyright infringement laws (silly us!) and that this was PROBABLY a situation where we should mind our Ps and Qs and then we had a panic attack.
And then we remembered the public domain, and Creative Commons, and the wonderful, albeit tragically unattractive, miracle of a website, archive.org
I was once upon a time not so long ago Jonathan Coulton’s Scarface-d assistant and spent a few afternoons uploading his music up to that website myself and although I truly did battle with it and wished ill upon it many times, IT IS NOW OUR SAVIOR.
Melissa found the song and was sort of like, “Not this, but,” and then we were like, “WAIT, YES, THIS!”
We think it’s haunting and lovely and perfect (and apparently, the Kurt Cobain version that makes you want to take your clothes off!).