This black and white Lex Halaby-directed clip finds Detroit’s own Bettye LaVette alone at the Lockeroom Lounge, blowing smoke, drinking too much wine, looking at photos, staring at the walls, and singing about what it’s like to grow old and having a graveyard for a friend. Her take is jazzier, smokier than Elton John’s version. It comes from last year’s The Scene Of The Crime, which as we mentioned, includes the Drive-By Truckers, Spooner Oldham, and David Hood as her backing band. In the video, though, it’s Bettye by her lonesome.
If this has you in the mood for more Bettye, you can return to The Scene Of The Crime’s Don Henley cover:
The Scene of the Crime is out via Anti-.