Katy Perry‘s ex stripped “XO” back to its raw, emotional core — performing the song with only his guitar and harmonica for accompaniment. And it survives the genre switch exceedingly well. Regardless of how you feel about John’s uber-sincere schtick, his folk ballad interpretation reminds you that Bey’s love song has an unusually melancholy underbelly. Watch up top.
The best thing about Beyoncé? The break in her voice on the first "baby, love me lights out" in XO. Real and raw.
— John Mayer (@JohnMayer) April 13, 2014
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