Selezione musicale 54 – Fiona Apple Paper Bag

Fiona Apple (sono entrambi nomi, il cognome è McAfee Maggart) è una cantautrice statunitense, nata a New York nel 1977.
Pianista e cantante, pubblica nel 1996 l’album Tidal che riscuote subito grande successo di critica e pubblico. Non altrettanto succede per il secondo disco, da cui è tratto il video che qui propongo, Paper Bag.
E la situazione discografica procede secondo questa tendenza, con difficoltà nella realizzazione del terzo disco. Arriva comunque alla pubblicazione del quarto album nel 2012. Spesso i titoli dei dischi sono piuttosto lunghi e quindi conosciuti in una loro versione abbreviata.

I was staring at the sky
Just looking for a star
To pray on, or wish on
Or something like that

I was having a sweet fix
Of a daydream of a boy
Whose reality I knew
Was a hopeless to be had

But then the dove of hope began its downward slope
And I believed for a moment that my chances were
Approaching to be grabbed
But as it came down near, so did a weary tear
I thought it was a bird, but it was just a paper bag

Hunger hurts, and I want him so bad, oh it kills
‘Cause I know I’m a mess he don’t wanna clean up
I got to fold ’cause these hands are too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts, but starving works, when it costs too much to love

And I went crazy again today, looking for a strand to climb
Looking for a little hope
Baby said he couldn’t stay, wouldn’t put his lips to mine,
And a fail to kiss is a fail to cope

And I said, “Honey, I don’t feel so good, don’t feel justified
Come on put a little love here in my void”
He said, “It’s all in your head”
And I said, “So’s everything'” but he didn’t get it
I thought he was a man but he was just a little boy

Hunger hurts, and I want him so bad, oh it kills
‘Cause I know I’m a mess he don’t wanna clean up
I got to fold ’cause these hands are too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts, but starving works, when it costs too much to love

Hunger hurts, but I want him so bad, oh it kills
‘Cause I know I’m a mess he don’t wanna clean up
I got to fold because these hands are just too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts, but starving works, when it costs too much to love

Oh hunger hurts, but I want him so bad, oh it kills
Because I know that I’m a mess that he don’t wanna clean up
I got to fold because these hands are just too shaky to hold
Hunger hurts, but starving it works, when it costs too much to love

Fiona Apple - Paper Bag

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