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Sprout and the Bean
Joanna Newsom Lyrics


I slept all day
I woke with distaste
And I railed
And I raved

That the difference between
The sprout and the bean
It is a golden ring
It is a twisted string
And you can ask the counselor
You can ask the king
And they'll say the same thing
And it's a funny thing:

Should we go outside?
Should we go outside?
Should we break some bread?
Are y'interested?

And as I said
I slept as though dead
Dreaming seamless dreams of lead

When you go away
I am big-boned and fey
In the dust of the day
And in the dirt of the day

And the danger, danger, drawing near them was a white coat
And the danger, danger, drawing near them was a broad boat
And the water, water, running clear beneath a white throat
And the hollow chatter of the talking of the tadpoles

Who know th'outside
Should we go outside?
Should we break some bread?
Are y'interested?

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Written by: Joanna Newsom

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slint69

I slept all day
Awoke with distaste
And I railed
And I raved

That the difference between
The sprout and the bean
Is a golden ring
It is a twisted string
And you can ask the counselor;
You can ask the king;
And they'll say the same thing;
And it's a funny thing:

Should we go outside?
Should we go outside?
Should we break some bread?
Are y'interested?

And as I said
I slept as though dead
Dreaming seamless dreams of lead

When you go away
I am big-boned and fey
In the dust of the day
In the dirt of the day

And Danger! Danger! Drawing near them was a white coat
And Danger! Danger! drawing near them was a broad boat
And the water! water! running clear beneath a white throat
And the hollow chatter of the talking of the Tadpoles

Who know th'outside!
Should we go outside?
Should we break some bread?
Are y'interested?



Ashley J

I slept all day
I woke with distaste
And I railed
And I raved

That the difference between
The sprout and the bean
It is a golden ring
It is a twisted string
And you can ask the counselor;
You can ask the king;
And they'll say the same thing;
And it's a funny thing:

Should we go outside?
Should we go outside?
Should we break some bread?
Are y'interested?

And as I said
I slept as though dead
Dreaming seamless dreams of lead

When you go away
I am big-boned and fey
In the dust of the day
And in the dirt of the day

And the danger! Danger! Drawing near them was a white coat
And the danger! Danger! Drawing near them was a broad boat
And the water! Water! Running clear beneath a white throat
And the hollow chatter of the talking of the tadpoles

Who know th'outside!
Should we go outside?
Should we break some bread?
Are y'interested?



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daydrmnation

My dad, when i lived with him as a twenty something but didn't quite connect, used to sing along to this when I'd play it... I remember him singing along outside my closed door where he sat in his living room, as a way to try to connect with me. Makes me miss him.

Jessica

I haven't listened to this song in years and today I just had to hear it.
Your story made me cry, of the sweet sadness that is life. Your father gave you a gift of love in a way that he knew how.
That is so beautiful!

spook dog

@Thawne you must be fun at parties. You seem like a reeeaalll catch.

Volunteer Firefighter

And you didn’t connect?

spook dog

@Thawne I was going to defend you for the first comment, because I thought You were just being dramatic as in that’s a hard pill to swallow and something you don’t want to think about but I can’t say the same for the second time you did it.

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Nathan Hulsey

Heard this on The Strangers movie. Haven't stopped listening to it since 2008. Always will be an unknown legend. Played it to my 2 year old with our nice headphones. Her eyes got huge and she reached out and grabbed my thumb and held on tight for the whole song. Now she keeps singing "Should we go outside?" The lyric "The difference between the sprout and the bean is a golden ring, it is a twisted string" will always make me think of me (the bean) and her ( the sprout).

moon222

This is so touching, and also made me cry - what a lovely story

Nillea

i burst out in tears the first time I read this. Thanks for sharing Nathan

AuroraRose

That’s so sweet 🥺

Dømïñïç Nïttï

I hope memory isn't lost in the afterlife I really want to remember this one

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