Hear Bob Dylan turn a classic song into a gay love anthem

Dylan changes 'She's Funny That Way' to 'He's Funny That Way'

Bob Dylan has contributed to a new compilation that turns classic tracks into “same-sex wedding anthems”.

‘Universal Love’ will be released on Friday (April 6) and features the likes of Dylan, St Vincent, Kesha, Bloc Party‘s Kele Okereke, Death Cab For Cutie‘s Ben Gibbard and Valerie June.

For the six-track EP, Dylan takes on American classic ‘She’s Funny That Way’ (popularised by Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole), changing the song to be ‘He’s Funny That Way’.


Executive producer Rob Kaplan said Dylan was quick to agree to the project: “It wasn’t just ‘yes, I’ll do this’. It was ‘hey, I have an idea for a song.’”

“If you look at the history of pop music, love songs have predominantly come from one heterosexual perspective,” co-producer Tom Murphy told The New York Times. “If we view music as something that brings people together, shouldn’t these popular songs be open to everyone?”

The NY Times report states that the compilation was funded by MGM Resorts International and that its songs are “intended to function as wedding anthems for same-sex couples”.

Listen to the EP in full below.

Last year, Bob Dylan’s Nobel Prize acceptance speech was turned into a book.


The 32-page book was published by Simon & Schuster, available as a standard hardcover volume, and as a special signed and numbered tome. Limited to only 100 copies, the special edition was priced at $2,500 (£1,882).