O' Sailor
Fiona Apple Lyrics


I'm undecided about you again
Mightn't be right that you're not here
It's double-sided 'cause I ruined it all
But also saved myself
By never believing you, Dear

Everything good I deem too good to be true
Everything else is just a bore
Everything I have to look forward to
Has a pretty painful and very imposing before

O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then lettin' it go by the boards
O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then lettin' it go by the boards

I have too been playing with fifty-two cards
Just cause I play so far from my vest
Whatever I've got, I've got no reason to guard
What could I do but spend my best

O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then lettin' it go by the boards
O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then lettin' it go by the boards

And after waiting, fighting patiently on my knees
All the other stuff tired itself out first, not me
And in its wake appeared the touch and call of a different breed
One who set to get me wise and got me there and then, got me

And what a thing to know what could be instead
Oh what a blessed curse to see
It took the agenda from its place in my bed
Made a merry paramour of me

O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then lettin' it go by the boards
O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Giving me eyes to view it
As it goes by the boards

O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then lettin' it go by the boards
O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then lettin' it go by the boards

O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Giving me eyes to view it
As it goes by the boards
O' sailor why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Giving me eyes to view it
As it goes by the boards

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Written by: FIONA APPLE MAGGART

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

Jelly Ellipsis

I'm undecided about you again
Mightn't be right that you're not here
It's double-sided, cause I ruined it all
- But also saved myself, by never believing you, Dear

Everything good, I deem too good to be true
Everything else is just a bore
Everything I have to look forward to
Has a pretty painful and very imposing before

O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards

O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards

I have too been playing with fifty-two cards
- Just cause I play so far from my vest
Whatever I've got, I've got no reason to guard
What could I do, but spend my best

O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards

O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards

And after waiting, fighting patiently on my knees
All the other stuff tired itself out first, not me
And in its wake, appeared the touch and call
Of a different breed
One who set to get me wise, and got me there
And then, got me

And what a thing, to know what could be instead
Oh, what a blessed curse; to see
It took the agenda from its place in my bed
Made a merry paramour of me

O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards
O' sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Giving me eyes to view it
As it goes by the boards



Laura

I'm undecided about you again
Mightn't be right that you're not here
It's double-sided, cause I ruined it all
- But also saved myself, by never believing you, Dear
Everything good, I deem too good to be true
Everything else is just a bore
Everything I have to look forward to
Has a pretty painful and very imposing before
O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards
O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards
I have too been playing with fifty-two cards
- Just cause I play so far from my vest
Whatever I've got, I've got no reason to guard
What could I do, but spend my best
O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards
O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards
And after waiting, fighting patiently on my knees
All the other stuff tired itself out first, not me
And in its wake, appeared the touch and call
Of a different breed
One who set to get me wise, and got me there
And then, got me
And what a thing, to know what could be instead
Oh, what a blessed curse; to see
It took the agenda from its place in my bed
Made a merry paramour of me
O' Sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Saying there's nothing to it
And then letting it go by the boards
O' sailor, why'd you do it
What'd you do that for
Giving me eyes to view it
As it goes by the boards



All comments from YouTube:

Zelda Zonkin'

I love the mechanics of this song. It really sways like you're on a boat. The video perfectly fits the atmosphere of the song, and not just the sailor reference. This is art.

Bill Haines

@Kai McCook Intriguing! Maybe there's a way to test the theory: does it explain something that can't otherwise be explained? Here's something that I don't know how to explain: why is it O'Sailor like an Irish name, not "O sailor" or "Oh, sailor"?

Kai McCook

Yep. I like that the song is a metaphor for the industry too with sailors known for constantly moving around and not staying loyal to lovers for very long, just as the industry were unloyal to Fiona by loving her when she first emerged then swiftly moving on to the next new artist. It's cool that the nautical imagery ties in with her first album being called Tidal too.

And it may be a stretch but I personally suspect Sailor is a reference to the industry controlling her album sales . Like sale-r or short for wholesaler. Especially since this song was written when Fiona was having trouble with her label due to pirates leaking her music, her album release date being delayed, the label rejecting some of her new material for being too different and not just a repeat of Tidal, etc. She responds with a song about tides that musically sways and sums up her current point in life all in one tidy metaphor.

Bill Haines

I hadn't noticed the nautical feel here. What struck me as feeling nautical is Jonathan and the drum intro to Left Alone. I don't know why.

J X

It reminds me of the illustrations done by the children's book illustrator Brett Helquist

blue genes

Good for hula hooping, too!

Dominic Omegon

People with an ear for music, all in the know, know.. Fiona Apple is UP THERE as the one of the best talents in modern music history.

CoreDizzleSizzle

@mr. pink She's almost as good as the band Slowdive

mr. pink

Fiona is such a phenomal songwriter it's insane.. the fact that twenty years into her career and she managed to have the most critically acclaimed album last year. This is genuine talent. There's something running in her veins and I'm just so happy to live in a world where she exists

Miss Mac

Perfect statement

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