The 10 Best Lyrics On Fiona Apple’s “The Idler Wheel…”

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If the length of the title of Fiona Apple’s new LP The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver of The Screw And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do is any indication, it’s that she wanted her words to be the guiding force of the record. Lo and beholdApple’s lyrics embody a stark candor that commands attention and leads to some interesting revelations. Check out Stereo IQ Co-founder Alex Koenig’s breakdown of the top 10 lyrics on The Idler Wheel…

10. “The rib is the shell and the heart is the yolk / And I just made a meal for us both to choke on.”

Fiona Apple, “Every Single Night” Lyrics

She compares her body parts, namely her ribs and heart, to the fragility of an egg. Only by cracking the egg, and subsequently breaking her own heart, can she create a scenario where it is appropriate to part ways. Essentially, she is torn with this decision and no matter how she goes about it, it will hurt both parties.

9. “We are like a wishing well and a bolt of electricity / But we can still support each other, all we gotta do is avoid each other.”

Fiona Apple, “Werewolf” Lyrics

Apple suggests here that the idiom “opposites attract” might be more fiction than fact, believing that electricity isn’t always the best idea for a relationship; with the wrong partner, it can be hazardous. Moreover, she has problems with staying friends post-breakup, halfheartedly offering courtesy and support to someone she doesn’t want to have around.

8. “That’s where the pain comes in / Like a second skeleton, trying to fit beneath the skin.”

Fiona Apple, “Every Single Night” Lyrics

Fiona Apple’s mind is emotionally tormented to the point of suffering physical pain with each passing thought. This lyric can also be seen as symbolic of her lover’s abject inability to make love, with every attempt leaving Apple feeling squeamish and unsatisfied.

7. “You like to captain a capsized ship / But I like watching you live.”

Fiona Apple, “Jonathan” Lyrics

This one is an example of Apple’s passive response to a plummeting romance. Her love interest, “Jonathan,” has evidently done something to capsize the couple’s relationship; perhaps he cheated, or maybe his personal growth has stagnated. Either way, Apple hands him a lifeboat because she feels unlikely find someone better.

6. “I’m amorous but out of reach / A still life drawing of a peach.”

Fiona Apple, “Valentine” Lyrics

Apple reveals here that she has pretty much stopped trying to fulfill her romantic and sexual desires. Alhough Apple might be “in the mood” and look enticing as a peach, she remains closed off– as unobtainable as an illusion of the fruit. She knows that her needs will be unrequited, so she doesn’t bother.

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  • John

    #4 certainly conjures up some disturbing imagery.

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  • Nas

    Im glad there wasnt ten slides lol. Great album

  • Charlotte

    She has a way with words. These lyrics and the way you can hear her emotion when she sings it on the album is simply incredible. The Idler Wheel is perfection. I also enjoyed her crazy “Every Single Night” video, check it out!

  • Kirk Stauffer

    If you’re going to use my two Fiona photos from Flickr, the least you could do was NOT to remove my name from the bottom.

  • Confusion

    I didn’t remove anyone’s name from anything. No idea where I got these pics but I wouldn’t go into someone’s personal pics and remove the name. I’ll credit you now.

  • Fiona therapy

    What about “I’m a tulip in a cup. I stand no chance of growing up” it’s as though she’s sayin she’s bound to be stifled by something she can’t control. Stunting her soul’s growth. That’s one of my favorites.

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