FIRST AID KIT – ” America ” On David Letterman

Posted: May 9, 2015 in MUSIC
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First Aid Kit perform the title track to their new EP, “America,” on the David letterman Show. As the final episodes of ” The Late Show ” winds down  David Letterman has asked some of his musical guests to cover some of his favorite songs, with Tracy Chapman covering the late  Ben E King “Stand By Me” and John Mayer  offering his rendition of Don McLean’s classic song “American Pie” Thursday night, he welcomed Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit to play the Simon and Garfunkel classic “America” a song they had covered previously and released on a special Record Store Day Black Friday 10″ EP. last year.

Before the duo performed the song, backed by a pianist and (an unpaid, according to Letterman) string section, Letterman explained the reason why he asked them to play that particular song. According to the host, “America” was one of two songs, along with the aforementioned “Stand By Me,” that he used to sing to his son as a part of their bed time rituals when the child was young. After the performance, an emotional Letterman thanked the duo and noted that their performance meant a great deal to him.

Watch the performance,  including Letterman’s introduction.

 

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