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Why Zooey Deschanel's Duo She & Him Released Two Versions Of Their New Song

"Love belongs to everyone — so love songs should too."

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Get excited, because Zooey Deschanel is back to recording music. She & Him, her act with guitarist M. Ward, just debuted their first new song (not counting covers) in five years, and you'll want to listen to it twice — for a very important reason.

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The duo released two versions of the new track, titled "She Gives Her Love to Me" and "He Gives His Love to Me." Or, as they cleverly explained on Twitter, "a She version and a Him version." That's because the song is the first original contribution to the Universal Love project, in which artists recorded gender-swapped versions of classic love songs for same-sex weddings.

The project's EP included Kesha singing "I Need a Woman to Love," a new version of Janis Joplin's "I Need a Man to Love." As part of the song's music video, the pop star officiated a same-sex wedding in Las Vegas. Other artists on the project included Bob Dylan and St. Vincent.

"We have always believed that love belongs to everyone — so love songs should too," Deschanel and Ward said in a press release, according to Hello Gi ggles. "What drew us to this project is that it opens up new ways of thinking about songwriting. It would be amazing if our songs help to inspire other artists to engage with lyrics in a more open, and inclusive way."

"She/He said, 'Love me just a little bit more / Hold me just a little bit longer / Say my name the way you used to,' " Deschanel sings on the folksy track. "She/He gives her/his love to me unconditionally / How could I ever refuse ya."

Here's hoping this new release means we'll get to hear another album from the duo soon. In the meantime, you can listen to both versions of the song on Spotify, here and here, as well as on iTunes and Apple Music. 

Or check them both out below:

Cover image: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com

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