Song of the Day #1,657: ‘Every Single Night’ – Fiona Apple

fiona_aple_every_single_nightFiona Apple has released some wonderful videos during her career, many courtesy of one-time boyfriend Paul Thomas Anderson.

My favorites are the big-band dance number they staged for the ‘Paper Bag’ video and the slow-mo black-and-white clip accompanying her cover of ‘Across the Universe’ (recorded for the film Pleasantville).

Watching those clips before today’s video makes it clear that the last 15 years have been hard on Ms. Apple. She was too thin in the late 90s, for sure, but these days she looks downright skeletal. Fortunately her voice (and songwriting prowess) are still in peak form.

The video for ‘Every Single Night,’ the first single from Apple’s celebrated The Idler Wheel…, is quite bizarre. Apple shares the screen with an octopus, snails, turtles and an alligator (most of which are either crawling on or perched on her body) and at one point walks along a Parisian bridge next to some sort of Godzilla-sized squid.

Does any of this mean anything? I don’t know. But it’s certainly attention-grabbing. I think my favorite moment in this video occurs in the final few seconds, when Apple breaks into a curious half-smile as if to say “What the hell are these people asking me to do?”

Every single night I endure the flight
Of little wings of white flame
Butterflies in my brain
These ideas of mine percolate the mind
Trickle down the spine
Swarm the belly, swelling to a blaze

That’s where the pain comes in
Like a second skeleton
Trying to fit beneath the skin
I cant fit the feelings in

Every single nights a light
With my brain

What’d I say to her
Why’d I say it to her
What does she think of me
That I’m not what I ought to be
That I’m what I try not to be
It’s got to be somebody else’s fault
I can’t get caught

If what I am is what I am
Cause I does what I does
Then brother get back cause my breast gonna bust open
The rib is the shell and the heart is the yolk
And I just made a meal for us both to choke on

Every single nights a fight
With my brain

I just wanna feel everything x3

So I’m gonna try to be still now
Gonna renounce the mill a little while
And if we had a double king size bed
We could move in it and I’d soon forget

That what I am is what I am
Cause does what I does
And maybe I’d relax let my breast just bust open
My hearts made of parts of all that surrounds around me
And that’s why the devil just can’t get around me

Every single nights alright
Every single nights a fight
Every single fights alright
With my brain

I just wanna feel everything

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,657: ‘Every Single Night’ – Fiona Apple

  1. Dana says:

    Bizarre song. Bizarre video. And get this woman a doughnut ASAP! Make it a dozen.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    Seems more like some performance art than music. Not good to dance to, as they’d say on American Bandstand. As to her figure< I might trade.

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