By: Renee Grant
For the first time in a little more than three decades, Bill Withers incredible voice can be heard on a new song. The cover of Little Jimmy Dickens‘ (You’ve Been Quite a Doll) Raggedy Ann is a part of a tribute album to the Grand Ole Opry star. The album is available for purchase on Bandcamp.
Withers’ last album, Watching You Watching Me, was released in 1985.
The new single is a spoken monologue over a melancholy track, and Withers’ version is pretty close to the original version. The song features a man speaking to a doll that once belonged to his daughter who has passed away.
Lyrics from the track are sad, featuring the line, “Well I barely made it up the hill today/ Look Raggedy Ann, I can’t even brush the dirt from my knees/ So don’t look for me tomorrow.” Withers’ version does end with a rising horn section, helping to give it a less somber feel than the original.
You can listen to the updated version via Rolling Stone and let us know what you think!