I first came across Elizabeth Grace on her cover of Pierce The Veil’s King for a day. She is one of my favorite YouTube musicians and I thought that this cover would be a great holiday treat for those who have yet to hear it.
I’ve talked about my appreciation for Relient K and their music on my review for Come Right Out And Say It, and In Like A Lion (Always Winter) is one of the many amazing tracks of theirs I’d like to talk about.
The title alone is evidence or Relient K’s amazing wordwork. In like a lion is the first half of an adage that is often used to describe March and how it begins cold and harsh like lion but ends mild and pleasant like a lamb.
The song was written during development of the film adaptation for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, with the intention to have it included in the Inspired By album. Instead, when the band wasn’t asked, they included it on their Apathetic EP.
And everything it changed overnight
This dying world you brought it back to life
And deep inside I felt things shifting
Everything was melting away
And you gave us the most beautiful of days
The melancholy lyrics might leave your heart breaking but your soul will definitely be warmed.
What I like about this cover, more than the original, is the slightly slower tempo. Also, Grace’s vocals peaks a bit sharper on the highs and are much softer on the verses.
Cause when it’s always winter but never Christmas
Sometimes it feels like you’re not with us
But deep inside our hearts we know
That you are here and we will not lose hope