Monday, January 22, 2007

Fiona Apple: Paper Bag

Hunger hurts, And I want him, so bad, oh it kills
Cause I know I'm a mess that he don't want to clean up
I got to fold because these hands are just too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts, starving works, when it costs too much to love

Fiona Apple, "Paper Bag" Live on VH1, 2006

We're doing video today. When she was nineteen and crawling around on the floor unhappily in her undies, I wasn't really a fan. And then I went to one of her shows (free tickets, wanted to see the opening band) and I heard this song and I was hooked. The longing in her voice is unmatched. You just know she's feeling everything she sings and then some. This particular song about wanting someone so badly can feel hot and bubbly in the gut if you are in fact feeling the same way at the time. This song starts so good: I was having a sweet fix of a daydream of a boy... And I love the line about the dove making a downward slope and how she thought it was a bird but crap, it's just a paper bag and poof! all her hope is dashed. File this in the "excrutiatingly painful wallowing of unrequitedness" category. This song is originally from 1999's When the Pawn... CD.

Here is a link to one more video of the same song, this one stripped down, just Fiona singing with Jon Brion on guitar. It's of good quality and just loverly.

Fiona Apple's official site :: Full lyrics to this song :: Her MySpace page


heather said...

ha HA! I found your new blog, although you tried to hide it from me. Not really. I was just wondering where you were posting these says, and I wanted to say that I love the POW! tattoo. If I ever got a tattoo (I was thinking that record adapter thingie that goes in the center of a 7"?), I would want you to come with.


McGone said...

Fiona Apple's best break-up song is definitely "Love Ridden" off of When The Pawn.... Some of the best lyrics I've ever read, IMO.