Slow Like Honey

Album: Tidal (1996)
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  • You moved like honey in my dream last night
    Yeah, some old fires were burning
    You came near to me and you endeared to me
    But you couldn't quite discern me

    Does that scare you? I'll let you run away
    But your heart will not oblige you
    You'll remember me like a melody
    Yeah, I'll haunt the world inside you

    And my big secret - gonna win you over
    Slow like honey, heavy with mood

    I'll let you see me, I'll covet your regard
    I'll invade your demeanor
    And you'll yield to me, like a scent in the breeze
    And you'll wonder what it is about me

    It's my big secret - keeping you coming
    Slow like honey, heavy with mood

    Though dreams can be deceiving
    Like faces are to hearts
    They serve for sweet relieving
    When fantasy and reality lie too far apart

    So I stretch myself across, like a bridge
    And I pull you to the edge
    And stand there waiting
    Trying to attain
    The end to satisfy the story
    Shall I release you?
    Must I release you?
    As I rise to meet my glory

    But my big secret
    Gonna hover over your life
    Gonna keep you reaching
    When I'm gone like yesterday
    When I'm high like heaven
    When I'm strong like music
    'Cause I'm slow like honey, and heavy with mood Writer/s: FIONA APPLE MAGGART
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Comments: 10

  • Mariah from New York, NyThis relates a lot to me. All I can really sense so far in this song is a woman who is determined to get the guy that she wants. One way or another, she'll make him chase after her. "But my big secret, gonna hover over your life, gonna keep you reachin'". Or "I'll haunt the world inside you". Like she's trying to get inside his head and make it so all he can think about is her...."Gonna win you over, slow like honey, heavy with mood.
  • Fariha from Dhaka, BangladeshI agree with all the comments made here about the meaning of this song but thought I'd chip in my two cents. What I love the most about this song is that it portrays a strong confident woman who knows fully well that a certain man (or men, for that matter) are drawn to her but he doesn't quite know why. The woman, however, knows exactly what it is about her that he finds so appealing and she says "It's my big secret - keeping you coming". She lets him think that she wants his attention ("I'll let you see me, Ill covet your regard, I'll invade your demeanor")but he will have no idea why he is so attracted to her ("and you wonder what it is about me". These mind games are so well-described by her. Kudos!
  • Daniel from Sydney, AustraliaThe live version recorded at the Troubador is fantastic and superior to the album version. An incredible song.
  • Shanna from Spring, TxWhat this song means to me is much the way Fiona Apple herself explained the lyrics. To me this song is somewhat vengeful- especially the last verse where she sings ,"You stand there waiting, trying to attain." And how , while she was misunderstood in her younger life, or perhaps barely was acknowledged at all by those who thought to be above her, yet secretly still wanted their attention, though to shy to ask for it. She felt that she made no long-term impressions as a wallflower but that those people would eventually regret treating her in that way and she will never forget that and will keep them metaphorically captive in her mind "Shall I release you, must I release you". Then because of her talent that no one saw in her, but fame would haunt them over the radio waves, "Gonna hover over your life, gonna keep you reaching," causing them much regret, "When I'm gone like yesterday," as in, it's too late now, "When I'm high like heaven<" fame, "When I'm strong like music," and to me when she states that she is "slow like honey and heavy with mood" that is her expression for the length of time for her to creep under their skin; slow and and heavy and powerful, heavy with mood.
  • Morbidious from Deerlodge, TnI was 25 years old when I first heard this wonderful song. It instantly made me fall in love with Fiona Apple and her music! This song has a special place in my heart and memory....I remember I was at a friend's birthday party (which I was DJing at the time) and it was late in the evening and the party was winding down. There was this girl named Jennifer who was 18 and she had a crush on me. She asked me to slow dance with her, so I put on this song, and we danced together.....it was like magic! I dont think I will ever forget her and how she was with me in that very moment....as if all of time stopped and we were the only two in all of existence. I will cherish that memory for the rest of my life. :] Thank you so very much, Fiona Apple! You are wonderful!
  • Erickoverveen from Amsterdam, NetherlandsThis was the favorite song of filmdirector Theo van Gogh, who was stabbed and shoot death on the streets of Amsterdam by a fundamental muslim (in the morning of 2/11/2004) He loved this song so much and used it in his movie Baby Blue (2001) The song sets the movie on fire. It creates a
    intriguing, mystic mood. Love it.
  • Ash from Charleston, WvThanks. It's funny, too, cause I was very, very high when I wrote that. I'm surprised it made any sense.
  • Dylann from Los Angeles, CaI agree. And she wrote a lot of these SO young. It's incredible how profound she is.
  • Dennis from Chicagoland Burrows, IlASH! you could not be more right. Good luck with the boomstick
  • Ash from Charleston, WvThis song is a lyrical gem. Most of the music anymore consists of a tune first and some words that rhyme second. Fiona Apple is the rare exception. Her music is good poetry first which then just so happens to be set to some pretty darn good music, too. Oh if only the likes of R. Kelly, Kelly Clarkson and 50 Cent could write such lines as "I'll covet your regard, I'll invade your demeanor" or dreams "serve for sweet relieving when fantasy and reality lie too far apart" or even know what the word "discern" means. Then maybe they would actually deserve all of their millions.
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