Song of the Day #3,282: ‘I Know (Live)’ – Fiona Apple vs. Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley took out Lana Del Rey in Round One of Montauk Madness, and now he faces another enigmatic female singer-songwriter in Fiona Apple. Apple is both a better singer and a better songwriter than Del Rey (which is high praise for her, not a shot at Del Rey), but does she have the stuff to take out one of country music’s leading men?

Paisley picked up 75% of the vote in defeating Del Rey, while Apple defeated another female singer-songwriter, Dar Williams, with 80%.

I feel bad voting against Paisley a second time, especially because I’m the guy who introduced him to many of this blog’s readers. But Apple is one of my favorite artists — top ten for sure, top five on the right day. I feel about her the way my dear nephew feels about Taylor Swift.

Exhibit A as to why is today’s SOTD, ‘I Know,’ which I include on any list of my favorite songs ever, even if the rest of the list changes.

[Verse 1]
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

[Verse 2]
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

I can’t help you out
While she is still around

[Verse 3]
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 curtain
I’ll wait by the backstage door

[Verse 4]
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

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,282: ‘I Know (Live)’ – Fiona Apple vs. Brad Paisley

  1. Dana says:

    Clearly, there is considerable support among the voters for Paisley given that both the blog’s author and its most loyal commenter voted for Lana Del Rey in the last round. I suppose if those voters stay loyal to Mr. Accidental Racist, Apple may suffer a similar fate as Del Rey. Nevertheless, once again, I will align with the blog author. Apple gets my vote.

  2. Rob says:

    My vote goes to Brad Paisley. Amazing guitar player, strong songwriter … and prolific – pretty much a new album every 18 months or so. Granted, a misstep here and there along the way, but overall a strong body of work in a fairly short time-span.

  3. Amy says:

    My initial vote for Paisley was both a vote for the songs of his I know and love most and a vote against the too melancholy for my taste Lana Del Rey. I was reluctant to vote against Fiona Apple, but I knew she had the round despite my vote for the single song I adore by Dar Williams. This time out, I’m happy to vote for the mind/voice behind my two faves, “Criminal” and “Paper Bag.” I won’t be unhappy to see Paisley advance, but I agree with Clay that Apple is the artist who more deserves to head to the next round.

  4. The Cool Guy (Daniel) says:

    Everything that I’ve heard from Fiona Apple has only made me want to listen to more of her stuff. However, at the current moment Brad Paisely is the artist I vote for in this pairing. Perhaps it’s due to my lack of having listened to much of Fiona Apple’s discography and I plan on listening to a lot more of her music since the songs that I listened to from this blog and to determine whether I wanted to vote for her over Dar Williams. However, it is possible that even after I fully explored all her music I still would vote for Brad Paisley. He’s an extremely talented artist and an incredible ability to tell stories all backed by guitar playing that holds a candle to some of the greatest (particularly his slide guitar prowess)

  5. Peg says:

    I’m voting for Fiona Apple largely because I like her performance at the beginning of the Showtime series the Affair 🙂

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