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Single Serving: TRAILS AND WAYS – Sure Thing (Miguel Cover)

From where I’m sitting it looks like Oakland-based Trails and Ways have been on fire. The quickly rising quartet’s last single, “Mtn Tune” is a summery, uptempo pop tune that hit all the right notes for me with it’s hypnotic co-ed vocals and smoothly flowing melodies. And it’s clear I wasn’t alone in that regard. The jam racked up over 4,800 likes on Hype Machine in short order. Similarly, the single that preceded it “Nunca” scored them over 7,300 likes on Hype. And, it’s no wonder it was such a hit either. The tune’s tropical rhythms and sexy grooves are simply infectious.

Today, we’re incredibly proud to offer the debut of their latest single a cover of Miguel’s “Sure Thing“. The band explain the inspiration for the cover selection by noting that frontman KBB “saw a crew of folks ghost-riding the whip down his block in Oakland, blasting ‘Sure Thing’ and singing along perfectly.” He’d previously spent the summer playing the song obsessively and the site made him realize he needed to try his hand at the tune. What direction would they take it? The band explained it like this: “If the original ‘Sure Thing’ was a sunny day in LA, we want ours to be a rainy night in São Paulo.”

Stormy and hot, I’d say they nailed it. Mixing smooth beats, jazz guitar and slick rhythms the band reinvent the tune from the ground up even taking the time to dramatically rewrite 70% of the lyrics. You can read their new lyrics below (they are interactive)!

Full (and interactive) Lyrics

you can bet that,never gotta sweat that.

If you be the Marx, I’ll be your Engels, babe.
If you be the plot, I can be your ruse, boom.
union baby I could be your dues.
If I’m in prison baby you’re my tunnel loose.cause you’re the suffragette, and I’m the new vote.
you are the miles, I could be your blue note, true though.
you are the bloc, and I can be the soviet.
you can be the talk, and I can be the walk.even when the sky comes falling,
even when the sun don’t shine,
I got faith in you and I,
so put your pretty little hand in mine.
even when we’re down to the wire babe,
even when it’s do or die,
we can do it baby simple and plain.
this loveis a sure thing.if you be my jimmy, I’ll be your grace lee.
if you’re the picket baby, I could be your tough feet, line it up.
if you’re benjamin I can be yr quote,
neruda baby, I can be your boat, all aboardspraypaint, I’m the thinner, jackie o, I’m berliner
and it’s you, what can I do to deserve that
angie davis, I’ll be dissent
ya say that I’m the one, cause boy you are a tenbut nothing normative

Posted by Matthew Hickey


Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Nina

    This is great, love it! Now what dish might come with it… :)

  • jumbojet

    They just keep dropping a bomb after the other. Trails and Ways has been all over my summer, I’m so glad I found them.

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  • Hazal Eryilmaz

    the lyrics r amazing!!! waaaaaay smarter and original than miguels lyrics…

  • grateful

    i love this post and thank you very much haha i use it to karaoke. but i think there isn’t a “if you’re” before benjamin

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