Pale September

Album: Tidal (1996)
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  • Pale September, I wore the time like a dress that year
    The autumn days swung soft around me, like cotton on my skin
    But as the embers of the summer lost their breath and disappeared
    My heart went cold and only hollow rhythms resounded from within
    But then he rose, brilliant as the moon in full
    And sank in the burrows of my keep

    And all my armor falling down
    In a pile at my feet
    And my winter giving way to warm
    As I'm singing him to sleep

    He goes along just as a water lily
    Gentle on the surface of his thoughts his body floats
    Unweighed down by passion or intensity
    Yet unaware of the depth upon which he coasts
    And he finds a home in me
    For what misfortune sows, he knows my touch will reap

    And all my armor falling down
    In a pile at my feet
    And my winter giving way to warm
    As I'm singing him to sleep

    All my armor falling down
    In a pile at my feet
    And my winter giving way to warm
    As I'm singing him to sleep

    All my armor falling down
    In a pile at my feet
    And my winter giving way to warm
    As I'm singing him to sleep Writer/s: Fiona Apple Maggart
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Comments: 10

  • Lili from Chicago Only a complete imbecile could possibly think that anyone could write a love song about being raped.
  • Ken from Baltimore I always felt it was about a relationship where the girl is really emotional and protective of her heart and the guy is more simple. But something about his simplicity allows her to open her heart and she loves him. Lines about “he goes along like a water lily” yet unaware of the depth upon which he floats, made me think the depths is the emotions and he stays kinda shallow. He probably loves her but doesn’t get too into his feelings. Whereas she’s cold and untrusting. But something about his lack of awareness of emotions allows her thaw and be a nurturer; a role she’s not usually comfortable playing.

    I don’t know. That’s what I’ve always read into it. And now prefer it that way.
  • Trina from Eagle River, AkThis song made me think of my first born son. The circumstances behind his birth and what I was feeling before he was conceived and after he was born. I understand the meaning behind the song but to me me it hit home in another way. My winter did give way to warmth as I was singing him to sleep. Before he was conceived only hollow rhythms resounded from within, and he did rise as brilliant as the moon in full. He sank in the burrow of my keep. This song makes me cry because I'm reminded of the emotion I felt while pregnant and after giving birth to my first true love, my son. Before him I was cold at heart and because of him all my armour had fallen down in a pile at my feet. I love this song. It is truly deep.
  • A from London, United KingdomThe 'keep' is the most secure part of a fortress, she's talking about her heart! This song is about falling in love, gradually and gently. She meets someone who sinks slowly into her heart through the wall she's built around it and she finds her armour - her defences - falling down at her feet, she's powerless to fight the growing love she feels for this person... 'Winter giving way to warm' makes me feel that she saw herself cold and icy before melting into the warmth of this new love. A beautiful song and one of my favourites, I don't understand how anyone could think it's about rape! I really like the pregnancy metaphor though.
  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnGentle little song.
  • G from Cleve, AndorraNo, it is not about rape. It is about Fiona making a new friend after a long time of being alone and singing to him as he drifts to sleep.
  • Nat from West Covina, CaIt sounds to me like a pregnancy. "he sank in the burrow of my keep", " and he floats just as a water lily" and this turns her winter into warm as she sings to baby to sleep. the baby finds a home in her, for what misfortunes, the baby knows her touch will reap. And so her armour comes tumbling down at her feet.
  • Fiona from Nycity, AlDamn that song is deep. It's more likely that her being raped made that song, as opposed to some guy who didn't do much for her..;p
  • Fiona from Nycity, AlFiona wrote this song after she was raped , she was 13 or 14 when it happened. Read into her lyrics, and it tells the story of it. "he sank in the burrow of my keeps".
    She gives in to the pain and succumbs to what is happening to her, and realizes that it is a fight or flight situation and she is better off if she sort of acts like the actions are about lust, and it sort of helps dull the pain away and her armour falls down and he takes what is all of her as a new woman emerges.
  • Morbidious from Deerlodge, TnI wish she'd help me.
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