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Mary Lambert’s “Jesse’s Girl” Is An Ode To Lesbian Love

photo_marylambe_300rgb-1Mary Lambert made her musical breakthrough in 2012 after co-writing and singing “Same Love” with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The song went on to become a top ten single in six countries.

According to an interview with The Huffington Post, Lambert’s contributions to “Same Love” drew upon her experiences being “a queer woman growing up in a tumultuous, Christian upbringing”.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Lambert talks about how her rendition of Rick Springfield‘s “Jesse’s Girl” was transformed it into a lesbian ballad. Check out an excerpt from the interview below the jump and let us know what you think of her version of the classic song.

The singer’s debut album Heart on My Sleeve was released on October of 2014 and includes a lot of the same themes of gay rights and social justice. You can check out a review of the album here and to hear more from Lambert, you can purchase a CD here or buy concert tickets here.

Youve cited Jewel as an influence and I can really hear Spiritearly Jewel in your rendition of Jessies Girl.” Why did you choose to cover that song?
Originally, I had put a piece about rape on the record, called “Epidemic.” My project manager was like, “We support you 100 percent, but you should know Target and Starbucks won’t carry it, and it’ll have a warning on it,” so I was like, damn, that’s true. I remember when I heard “Jessie’s Girl” for the first time, I was like, “This is so applicable to lesbians!” So in two days I came up with a different chord progression, rearranged it, played the piano and sang it. Everyone in the room was crying and I was like, “Cool, job well done.” It seemed to be the perfect replacement for “Epidemic” – equally as important for me.

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