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Earth, Wind and Fire's Allee Willis has had her say on Taylor Swift's 'September' cover and she has not held back

The phrase ‘a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium’ makes an appearance.

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EARTH, WIND AND FIRE’S ‘September’ is a song that brings a lot of joy to a lot of people, particularly when it comes on after a few pints at a wedding or other event where a lot of alcohol has been consumed.

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If you haven’t the time of your life singing this and trying and failing to get that pitch then you haven’t lived.

Anyway Taylor Swift did a much slower cover of it which was grand. It was nothing to write home about to be honest. Pretty inoffensive altogether,

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Well co-writer of the iconic song Ailee Willis has had her say on the cover and she has not held back at all. She was speaking a local event in Detroit and described Swift’s cover in possibly the most unique way.

I didn’t really think she did a horrible job. Yes, I felt it was as lethargic as a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium, and I thought it had all the build of a one-story motel, but, I mean, the girl didn’t kill anybody. She didn’t run over your foot. She just cut a very calm and somewhat boring take of one of the peppiest, happiest, most popular songs in history.”

That is one hell of a description to be honest. I mean it’s slow but I wouldn’t have ever thought to describe it as drugging a turtle slow but anyway.

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Willis seemed most annoyed that Swift had changed the line from ’21st night of September’ to ’28th night of September’. A minor yet annoying change I would say.

Everyone has a right to do with a song what they please, so go on with your own bad self, Taylor Swift. I’m honored you’d choose to do my song and that it meant enough to you that you wanted to personalize it to the goddamn 28th night of September, that you wanted to cover it with banjo… and that you changed the sacred ba-de-ya to the more Caucasian ah-ah-ah and make it sound more like a field of daffodils than a Soul Train line.”

Damn, Allee, go in.

Taylor took home two awards at the Billboard Music Awards last night so she’s probably not too concerned about the comments but still. Bless the cover for we would have never heard the phrase ‘a drunk turtle dozing under a sunflower after ingesting a bottle of Valium’ without it.

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