John Mellencamp and Meshell Ndegeocello teamed up to release a new version of this song in 1994 which was a huge hit, going to #3 in America. This was an interesting combination: Mellancamp was disenchanted with the music industry and Ndegeocello was just entering it - her first album came out in 1993. It was Mellencamp's good friend Timothy White who put them together. White was a writer for Billboard
magazine and had gotten to know Meshell, who says he was "one of the few people that understood what I was doing."
In our interview with Meshell Ndegeocello
, she told the story: "I went to Indiana. He [Mellencamp] has a compound, a studio. My first record I had made totally in a house with machinery, because I played everything on a computer - a real hi-pro production. He took me back to my roots where you just have a band in the studio and you played together. There was no clique. It was just trying to create a vibe and humanity. He was really nice to me.
That's one of the great experiences of my life. It made my second record much better, as well, because I started adding more live elements and playing with other people.
So, it's something I look back on fondly and I thank Timothy White for that, just for his crazy idea of, 'Y'all should meet each other.' And of course, Van Morrison, who's one of the many people I look to in his approach to singing and his lyricism. To me, it's about him and that great song and John and me coming together and having fun with it."