#3 Song of the Year 2012
”WEREWOLF" - Fiona Apple
On The Idler Wheel, Fiona Apple stripped her compositions down to vocals, piano, percussion, and found sounds, culminating in one of the most striking and accomplished albums of her career. ”Werewolf” is the furious early capstone of a set of heartsick ballads in which both parties are equally to blame for the demise of a relationship. While Fiona playfully compares her former lover to a shark biting off her head, she woefully admits that she was “waving around a bleeding open wound.” Always known for putting it ‘just-so’ since Tidal, 16 years later, Fiona still manages to surprise us with her brutal, beautiful honesty.
I could liken you to a werewolf, the way you left me for dead,
But I admit that I provided a full moon.
And I could liken you to a shark, the way you bit off my head,
But then again, I was waving around a bleeding open wound.
But you were such a super guy ’til the second you get a whiff of me;
We’re like a wishing well and a bolt of electricity.
But we can still support each other, all we gotta do is avoid each other.
Nothing wrong when a song ends in a minor key."
“Werewolf" by Fiona Apple, from The Idler Wheel…