Sharon Van Etten recently stopped by Australia’s Triple J radio station and played both “Give Out” from 2012’s Tramp and a cover of “People Ain’t No Good,” a song by her soon-to-be-tourmates, Australia’s own Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds. The track is a real-talk ballad originally sung in Cave’s frank baritone on 1997’s The Boatman’s Call—and, as pointed out in the Triple J video, brought to the masses on the Shrek 2 soundtrack.
Van Etten’s version features only her acoustic guitar and her deep alto, but that’s all she needs to shoulder the weight of the song. We would be OK if Van Etten and Cave decided to duet on this one on tour. Watch Van Etten’s rendition, and her performance of “Give Out,” below.