Milk-eyed mender


Joanna Newsom – Sprout and the bean
Joanna Newsom (born 1982) started taking piano lessons at a very early age and played for a couple of years, but switched to the harp at seven. Her approach to the harp, from the percussive aspects of her playing to her chord changes, was also influenced by West African and Venezuelan harp music, which she began studying at a folk music camp she attended in her early teens.

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 counsellor
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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