Thursday Morning Melody: Every Single Night

Hers is one of the great female voices of our time, predating and probably influencing the likes of Regina Spektor, Joanna Newsom, Adele, and others. You’ll recognize her shaky vibrato, alternating rich low notes and airy highs. Edgy song composition, exuberant piano melodies, and unbridled vocals come together to create the sound that is uniquely, characteristically Fiona Apple.

Whether you were sixteen and angry and listening to “Criminal” or rocking your baby around to Apple’s version of “Across the Universe”, her incomparable music is bound to have touched you at some point. And if it hasn’t yet, then look no further! In this song, among her more bizarre, Apple describes the feeling of fighting with one’s own mind. “Every single night/I endure the flight/Of little wings of white-flamed/Butterflies in my brain.”

The music video is equally lush and bizarre. Check it out!

Every single night
I endure the flight
Of little wings of white-flamed
Butterflies in my brain
These ideas of mine
Percolate the mind
Trickle down the spine
Swarm the belly, swelling to a blaze
That’s when the pain comes in
Like a second skeleton
Trying to fit beneath the skin
I can’t fit the feelings in
Every single night’s alight 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’s 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 night’s a fight with my brain

I just want to feel everything

So I’m gonna try to be still now
Gonna renounce the mill a little while and
If we had a double-king-sized bed
We could move in it and I’d soon forget
That what I am is what I am cause I does what I does
And maybe I’d relax, let my breast just bust open
My heart’s made of parts of all that surround me
And that’s why the devil just can’t get around me
Every single night’s alright, every single night’s a fight
And every single fight’s alright with my brain

I just want to feel everything

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This post is part of  our Thursday Morning Melody series. Every Thursday we feature the music video and lyrics to a song that touches us deeply. If there’s a melody you wish to share with the Intent community, please share it with us in the comments below! Click here to listen to past Thursday Morning Melodies.