Song of the Day #2,696: ‘Come Away With Me’ – Norah Jones

norah_jones_come_awayUnlike the other albums I’ve featured this week, I’m very familiar with today’s artist, if not the specific tracks on the record.

Norah Jones rocketed to stardom following the release of this jazz-folk record, which sold more than 10 million copies in the U.S. and 26 million worldwide. Come Away With Me earned eight Grammys and showed up on plenty of critics’ year-end lists (even as others dismissed the album as sleepy and bland).

While this was by far her biggest hit, Jones went on to release four more successful albums (each a little less successful than its predecessor). Her sophomore album, Feels Like Home, topped 10 million worldwide and nearly reached 5 million in the States. Her most recent album, 2012’s Little Broken Hearts, sold just shy of 500,000 copies in the U.S.

Jones has also carved out an acting career, generally playing herself (in films such as Ted and They Came Together) but also starring in Wong Kar Wai’s 2007 romance My Blueberry Nights.

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And not that these things matter, but she’s also super hot. Here’s a little photographic proof (click to enlarge).

To get back to the album at hand… surprisingly, I missed the boat on Come Away With Me in 2002 and never caught up with it later. So while I am very familiar with the title track and opening cut ‘Don’t Know Why,’ the rest remains undiscovered.

Unsurprisingly, a quick sampling of the album online reveals more of the low-key dinner party charm of the hits. Jones’ voice is rich and nuanced, the music is jazzy and soothing, and it’s clear why the record hit a nerve back in ’02.

Come away with me in the night
Come away with me
And I will write you a song

Come away with me on a bus
Come away where they can’t tempt us
With their lies

I want to walk with you
On a cloudy day
In fields where the yellow grass grows knee-high
So won’t you try to come

Come away with me and we’ll kiss
On a mountaintop
Come away with me
And I’ll never stop loving you

And I want to wake up with the rain
Falling on a tin roof
While I’m safe there in your arms
So all I ask is for you
To come away with me in the night
Come away with me

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5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,696: ‘Come Away With Me’ – Norah Jones

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not a spiritual man, but, if I were, I would think my mother played a hand in your selection for today. You see, it was ten years ago today that she passed away, and this album will forever be associated with her in my mind.

    In the last few months of her life, mostly spent in a hospital bed, we had brought in a portable CD player so that she could hear some of her favorite, mostly soothing, music to try to distract her and take her away from the incomprehensible pain. Whenever I was about to leave from a visit, I would put this CD on, and when she was sleeping or a bit out of it, I would sit next to her and listen to Nora with her.

    So, as you might imagine, hearing songs from this album since her passing has been bittersweet. Still, even with tears forming as I write this, I thank you for paying tribute, albeit unwittingly, to my mother.

  2. Andrea Katz says:

    It’s that unintended Clockwork Orange effect. It’s only just lately that I can play that CD and feel good about the connection it brings me even through the tears. Love you guys!

  3. Peg says:

    Wow is right

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