Song of the Day #1,268: ‘Uncharted’ – Sara Bareilles

Top Ten Songs of 2011 – #10

If I had to pick one word to describe singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, it would be ‘endearing.’

She has an endearing personality, as she demonstrated in her adorable stint as a judge on The Sing-Off.

She makes endearing videos, such as the one for today’s SOTD, in which she hides herself until the last few frames and instead depicts gleeful lip-synching by Ben Folds, Adam Levine, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and others.

And her music is endearing, from her rock-solid debut Little Voice — as jam-packed with potential hits as any first album I’ve heard — to the first single off her latest release, Kaleidoscope Heart.

‘Uncharted’ picks up where Little Voice left off, with its piano-driven verses and infectious singalong chorus. I haven’t listened to the rest of Kaleidoscope Heart yet (apart from a cursory listen when I first bought it) but I keep meaning to.

But regardless of whether she suffered from a sophomore slump, she knocked this one out of the park.

No words, My tears won’t make any room for more,
And it don’t hurt like anything I’ve ever felt before,
this is no broken heart,
No familiar scars,
This territory goes uncharted…

Just me, in a room sunk down in a house in a town, and I
Don’t breathe, no I never meant to let it get away from me
Now, I’ve too much to hold, everybody has to get their hands on gold,
And I want uncharted.
Stuck under the ceiling I made, I can’t help but feeling…

I’m going down,
Follow if you want, I won’t just hang around,
Like you’ll show me where to go,
I’m already out of foolproof ideas, so don’t ask me how
To get started, it’s all uncharted…

Each day, countin’ up the minutes, till I get alone, ’cause I can’t stay
In the middle of it all, it’s nobody’s fault, but I’m
So low, never knew how much I didn’t know,
Oh, everything is uncharted.
I know I’m getting nowhere, when I only sit and stare like…

I’m going down,
Follow if you want, I won’t just hang around,
Like you’ll show me where to go,
I’m already out of foolproof ideas, so don’t ask me how
To get started, it’s all uncharted.

Jump start my kaleidoscope heart,
Love to watch the colors fade,
They may not make sense,
But they sure as hell made me.

I won’t go as a passenger, no
Waiting for the road to be laid
Though I may be going down,
I’m taking flame over burning out

Compare where you are to where you want to be, and you’ll get nowhere

I’m going down,
Follow if you want, I won’t just hang around,
Like you’ll show me where to go,
I’m already out of foolproof ideas, so don’t ask me how
To get started.
Oh-h
I’m going down,
Follow if you want, I won’t just hang around,
Like you’ll show me where to go,
I’m already out, foolproof idea, so don’t ask me how
To get started, it’s all uncharted…

3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,268: ‘Uncharted’ – Sara Bareilles

  1. Dana says:

    This song first came on our family’s radar when Sara performed it on the fun but now defunct No Ordinary Family. In the show, one of the kids snuck off to see Sara in concert. At the time, i thought it was a rather clever, though blatant, way to promote her new single and I found the song as immediately infectious as I did her previous hits such as “Love Song.”

    This is a cute video. Hadn’t seen this before.

  2. Amy says:

    The first thing that struck me as I read your post was whether a young male singer would ever earn the label “endearing.” Somehow it strikes me as patronizing, despite the fact that I know you mean it as a compliment.

    Somehow I can’t help thinking that such a talented and successful young woman deserves an adjective that gives her more credit. Still, I’m guessing you’re responding to her sunny personality – which comes across in both her songs and her Sing Off appearances – and is in stark contrast with some of your other favorite female singer songwriters (Fiona Apple, anyone?)

    Meanwhile, I have no memory of hearing this song on One Ordinary Family, so I guess the blatant promotion was lost on me. 🙂

  3. Clay says:

    That adjective is definitely tied to her non-musical persona, based mostly on The Sing-Off, and to be equal opportunity about it, I’d use the same word to describe Blake Shelton.

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