Song of the Day #2,123: ‘I Know (Live)’ – Fiona Apple

fiona1A couple of weeks back, I posted a week’s worth of songs that fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff listed as essential in the Rolling Stone Guest List column.

Naturally, I wondered which five songs I would pick if asked to contribute to the same sort of list. This week I’ll give my answer.

There is no such thing, for me at least, as a top five, top ten or even top fifty “favorite songs” list. My favorites are fluid depending on my mood. A burst of pop adrenaline might sound like perfection one day and overkill the next. So I wouldn’t consider this a list of favorites.

Instead, these five songs are the first that came to mind when I reached back for musical moments that stopped me in my tracks.

Initially I aimed for a diversity in styles and sounds but in the end, naturally, I wound up with a bunch of melancholy tracks. A tiger can’t change its stripes.

First up is Fiona Apple’s ‘I Know,’ the closing track of her sophomore album When the Pawn…. Like all of the songs featured this week, this one has been a SOTD in the past (my 13th, in fact), so I’m going with a live version.

Though I was mesmerized by the whole When the Pawn… album, ‘I Know’ was the song that made me truly appreciate Apple as a composer and performer. I’d never heard anything quite like it, and I still haven’t.

So be it, I’m your crowbar
If that’s what I am so far
Until you get out of this mess

And I will pretend
That I don’t know of your sins
Until you are ready to confess
But all the time, all the time
I’ll know, I’ll know

And you can use my skin
To bury secrets in
And I will settle you down

And at my own suggestion
I will ask no questions
While I do my thing in the background
But all the time, all the time
I’ll know, I’ll know

Baby
I can’t help you out while she’s still around

So for the time being, I’m being patient
And amidst this bitterness
If you’ll just consider this
Even if it don’t make sense
All the time
Give it time

And when the crowd becomes your burden
And you’ve early closed your curtains
I’ll wait by the backstage door
While you try to find the lines to speak your mind
And pry it open, hoping for an encore

And if it gets too late, for me to wait
For you to find you love me, and tell me so
It’s ok, don’t need to say it

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,123: ‘I Know (Live)’ – Fiona Apple

  1. Dana says:

    Okay, Mr. melancholy! Looking forward to seeing your selections. This is certainly a good lead off pick for you.😃

  2. Amy says:

    Makes sense that you’d be in a melancholy mood, stuck on an island and all. I guess the question is whether you’d want music that would give you reason to hope or music that will accompany your spiral into madness. Clearly with today’s pick, we know your approach 🙂

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