Good Souls; the Starsailor archive for fans.

Cover versions performed live

Starsailor often add cover versions to their live sets. Sometimes this is merely a snippet or refrain to introduce one of their own songs, sometimes it's just an impromptu addition in response to a shouted request, or crowd interraction.

On other occasions, James performs a whole cover song acoustically on his own, during the set, or as an encore. The list of such covers below is in no way definitive, but has been collected informally over time, largely from anecdotal references. Please feel free to send me in details of any more you know of. As of summer 2008, there are over 90 songs included.


  • (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding - Elvis Costello
  • About You Now - Sugababes **
  • A Man Needs A Maid - Neil Young
  • A Thousand Trees - Sterophonics
  • All I want is you - U2
  • All or Nothing - Small Faces **
  • Angel of Harlem - U2
  • Atlantic City - Bruce Springsteen
  • Bad - U2
  • Band On The Run - Wings
  • Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
  • Born To Be With You - Dion
  • Born To Run - Bruce Springsteen
  • California Dreaming - The Mamas and The Papas
  • Can't Get You Out Of My Head - Kylie
  • Cast No Shadow - Oasis
  • Champagne Supernova - Oasis
  • Crazy - Gnarles Barkley
  • Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
  • Dancing Queen - Abba
  • Dolphins - Fred Neil
  • Don't Let Me Down - Beatles
  • Don't Stop Movin' - S Club 7
  • Don't You Want Me - Human League
  • Eternal Life - Jeff Buckley
  • Everybody's Talking - Nilsson
  • Everybody Hurts - R.E.M.
  • Forever in Blue Jeans - Neil Diamond **
  • Go Down Easy - John Martyn
  • Grandma's Hands - Bill Withers **
  • Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen **
  • Handle With Care - The Traveling Wilburys
  • Hanging On A Star - Nick Drake
  • Harvest Moon - Neil Young
  • Here Comes The Sun - The Beatles
  • Hey Hey, My My - Neil Young
  • Hey Jude - The Beatles
  • Hot Burrito #2 - Gram Parsons / Hot Burrito Brothers **
  • Hotel Yorba - The White Stripes
  • Hungry Heart - Bruce Springsteen
  • I Am The Resurrection - The Stone Roses
  • I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - U2
  • I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
  • It's All Over Now Baby Blue - Bob Dylan
  • Jealous Guy - John Lennon
  • Last Goodbye - Jeff Buckley
  • Last Nite - The Strokes
  • Let It Be - The Beatles
  • Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll - Bob Dylan
  • Lover, You Should've Come Over - Jeff Buckley
  • Millionaire - Kelis / Outkast
  • My Girl - The Temptations
  • New York, New York - Ryan Adams
  • Octopus's Garden - The Beatles ***
  • One - U2
  • On The Road - Dave Matthews Band
  • Pride (In The Name Of Love) - U2
  • Push The Button - Sugababes **
  • Que Cera Cera - Doris Day
  • Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
  • River Deep Mountain High - Ike and Tina Turner
  • River Song - Dennis Wilson **
  • Road to Nowhere - Talking Heads
  • Rocket Man - Elton John
  • Running To Stand Still - U2
  • Sexual Healing - Marvin Gaye
  • She Said, She Said - The Beatles
  • Shine A Light - Rolling Stones
  • Silver Train - Martin Kelly East Village - cover by Tim Burgess & James Walsh
  • Simple Twist of Fate - Bob Dylan
  • Some Might Say - Oasis
  • Somewhere In My Heart - Aztec Camera
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland
  • Songbird - Oasis
  • Stand By Me - Ben E. King
  • Sunday Bloody Sunday - U2
  • Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
  • Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones
  • Tender - Blur
  • The Man in Me - Bob Dylan **
  • The Needle and the Damage Done - Neil Young
  • The One I Love - R.E.M.
  • The Way Young Lovers Do - Van Morrison **
  • Thunder Road - Bruce Springsteen
  • Tomorrow Never Knows - The Beatles
  • Umbrella - Rihanna
  • Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
  • We All Fall In Love Sometimes - Elton John
  • What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
  • When You're Smiling - Louis Armstrong
  • Where The Streets Have No Name - U2
  • Wild Night - Van Morrison
  • Yellow Submarine - The Beatles ***
  • You Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones
  • You've Got To Hide Your Love Away - John Lennon
  • You Just Keep Me Hanging On - Supremes
  • Your Own Backyard - Dion

** The songs indicated have also been recorded and either officially released or temporarily published on the band's MySpace page.

*** Performed during James's daughter's 'Bring your Dad to Nursery Day'


UK Chart Releases:

Tell Me It's Not Over; single, released 2nd March 2009

All the Plans; album, released 9th March 2009

Keep Us Together; single, released 8th May 2006, UK chart position = 47

This Time; single, released 23rd January 2006, UK chart position = 24

On the Outside; album, released 17th October 2005, UK chart position = 13

In the Crossfire; single, released 3rd October 2005, UK chart position = 22

Four to the Floor; single, released 1st March 2004, UK chart position = 24

Born Again; single, released 17th November 2003, UK chart position = 40

Silence Is Easy; album, released 15th September 2003, UK chart position = 2

Silence is Easy; single, released 1st September 2003, UK chart position = 9

Poor Misguided Fool; single, released 18th March 2002, UK chart position = 23

Lullaby; single, released 10th December 2001, UK chart position = 36

Love is Here; album, released 9th October 2001, UK chart position = 2

Alcoholic; single, released 17th September 2001, UK chart position = 10

Good Souls; single, released 23rd April 2001, UK chart position = 12

Fever; single, released 5th February 2001, UK chart position = 18



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