During my retail days, I discovered this Joni cover on a Jason Falkner, import maxi single. It truly blew my mind...but not until the second verse onward. My initial reaction to the tempo and the power chords was, "There is no way Jason Falkner can pull this off." When it was over, I declared it one of my favorite covers of all time and proceeded to play the crap out of it at the shop. I received hateful glares from the purists and squeals of delight from the power pop contingent that would frequent my store.
What thrills me about Jason Falkner's take, isn't so much the basic irony of, "Let's rock up a folk song." It's how each verse builds, adding a harmony here and a harmony there. Then, he raises the ante by upping the octave on the third verse, while adding even more unique harnonies. By the end, it's as if he has surprised himself at what he pulled off, so much so, he can't contain his excitement on the coda and just exclaims a series of joyful anythings.
This isn't a war between cover versions. It's more of a battle between yays and nays.
I love this alot.
You might hate it alot.
Just listen to it all before you decide one way or another.