I lie in an early bed, thinking late thoughts
Waiting for the black to replace my blue
I do not struggle in your web
Because it was my aim to get caught
But daddy longlegs, I feel that I'm finally growing weary
Of waiting to be consumed by you
Give me the first taste, let it begin heaven cannot wait
Forever
Darling, just start the chase - I'll let you win but you must
Make the endeavor
Oh, your love gives me a heart contusion
Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red
Your hungry flirt borders intrusion
I'm building memories on things we have not said
Full is not heavy as empty
Not nearly my love
Not nearly my love
Not nearly
Give me the first taste, let it begin heaven cannot wait
Forever
Darling, just start the chase - I'll let you win, but you must
Make the endeavor


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  • +6
    General CommentThis song is very straightforward, which is one of the reasons why I absolutely love it.

    She begins by admitting to thinking "late thoughts," meaning in this instance that she is fantasizing about this person sexually. I love "waiting for the black to replace my blue." In other words, waiting to fall asleep - see nothing - black - rather than lay around feeling melancholy.

    She begins to describe being entangled in this man's web, although she is enjoying it and wanted to be there. But she is growing with anticipation, waiting for him to finally make a move on her, which is basically the entire song in a nutshell.

    Another part that I particularly love is when she says: Full is not heavy as empty. Not nearly, my love. I'm sure I'm interpreting this based on my own experiences, but I really feel that what she is saying is that the chase is pretty much all the fun. Even though she wants it so badly, once she gets it, it might not be as great as she imagined. I truly believe that anticipation is the purest form of pleasure, and that is how I interpret those lines.

    Fiona, I love you.
    scrletbegoniason June 24, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentEden84, although songs are open to interpretation and songs can mean different things to different people, I really think your interpretation has gone ascew. . .just a little.

    She's upset, waiting for the one she wants to make his first move toward her. It's almost as if they've known for a while that they are interested in eachother, but she wants him to make the first move and he's hesitant about getting caught up in her.
    She's at a point. "Waiting for the black to replace my blue "
    Either he makes a move and they start what she believes will be a wonderful relationship, or she starts the process of moving on and trying to forget her feelings for him.
    alohaparadiseon July 29, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI lie in an early bed, thinking late thoughts
    Waiting for the black to replace my blue

    ^^ waiting for her distress and unhappiness to be replaced with numbness.

    I do not struggle in your web
    Because it was my aim to get caught
    But daddy longlegs, I feel that I'm finally growing weary
    Of waiting to be consumed by you

    ^^ Waiting for the man she's been chasing after, to allow her to have him. He's playing too many games.

    Oh, your love gives me a heart contusion
    Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red
    Your hungry flirt borders intrusion
    I'm building memories on things we have not said

    ^^ poetic way of saying his ways, and flirtations towards her just drive her heart crazy, and she' fantasizingover things that haven't happend, and may never happen.
    that_sullen_girlon July 18, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentObviously, each person can take the same song and interpret it completely different. That's one of the beauties of music. Although, I will say I do like knowing the REAL meaning of a song by the artist. I think a lot of people have the same IDEA of this beautiful song by Fiona Apple. My meaning of the song, I think I am leading towards is because it's a kind of personal song for me. I am going through something and to me this song fits quite well. I think I am more so basing this song off of my feelings more so.
    Anyway, to me this song means:

    I think she is in this complicated "thing" with a man. I don't even want to say a relationship. I think she has known a man for awhile, and obviously she wants him. I think one night they may have had a wonderful night, maybe even sex together. They may be even friends, sex partners, something of that sort.
    I think she got attached to this man, but I think it's pretty plain and simple on his part. He may not want anything serious, no relationship. Just wild wonderful nights together every once in awhile. Nothing serious. Just fun. I think she really craves and yearns for this man inside and out. I think she wants more than just sex, or just a night together every so often. I think she has deep feelings for him but knows it's not the same on his part. I think she is aware of that and settles. Have you ever wanted something so badly that it hurt? So badly that you are willing to put up with something that makes you miserable just so you can have ONE night (maybe even once in awhile) with this person. Just so you can have any piece of them? I think this is the case in this song. I think she wants him so badly. I think she is quite depressed knowing they aren't more than just a fling, or something not serious. I think she is on the hunt for his heart, and he's on the hunt for what's between her legs. He may even care about her to a certain extent, but not as a girlfriend.

    "I lie in an early bed, thinking late thoughts. Waiting for the black to replace my blue"
    Could be her laying there the morning after he was there with her. The bed still warm from their night together. When, she's not in that world with him, she's depressed. She is consumed by him, and is unhappy until they cross paths, and do the heartbreak all over again.

    "I do not struggle in your web Because it was my aim to get caught
    But daddy longlegs, I feel that I'm finally growing weary Of waiting to be consumed by you"
    Obviously, she wants him and isn't going to play games, or pretend she doesn't want him. She can't wait until the next time she is with him.

    "Give me the first taste, let it begin heaven cannot wait Forever
    Darling, just start the chase - I'll let you win but you must Make the endeavor"
    Simple as this: I am here when you want me. Come quick. I want you. I need you. Show me you want me too, and I will be there. I will let you in.

    "Oh, your love gives me a heart contusion. Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red"
    She's crazy about him, and the Adagio breezes fill my skin with sudden red part. like the one person said.. could be embarrassed, excited, or something of that sort.

    "Your hungry flirt borders intrusion. I'm building memories on things we have not said"
    She's crazy for him still lol. Every little thing he does, drives her mad. She feels hurt, upset and not so good feelings for the most part because she wants to close to him, she wants him to be hers. She feels violated sometimes.
    and as for the 2nd verse, she wants more.... like a relationship. She's thinking things up about them. She's fantasizing. She's wishing there was more, and wanting more. She's thinking about the future between the two of them.

    "Full is not heavy as empty Not nearly my love Not nearly my love Not nearly"
    I don't really have a thought at the moment.

    BUT like I said, I am just going through personal struggles at the moment, and this is what I get from the song. Whether, I'm right or wrong it doesn't really matter to me. It's just what I think and feel. Well, and what I wish the song would be about since I could relate to one of the most beautiful talented women out there. More than I already do relate to her.
    imperfectwingsflutteron September 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentseems to be about waiting for the right person... perhaps the sexual and emotional tensions that go along with waiting ("Give me the first taste, let it begin, heaven cannot wait/Forever/Darling, just start the chase- I'll let you win/But you must make the endeavor")... also the line "I'm building memories on things we have not said" makes me think she is so anxious for Mr. Right (or whomever) that she is daydreaming up fantasies of him. Not that girls DO that... :-o
    emann333on June 19, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment'Your hungry flirt borders intrusion
    I'm building memories on things we have not said'
    I can really relate to that line. Fiona is a true poet.
    the wretchedon September 24, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe certain stanza in the lyrics that seems to have arouse some discussion is the first one, including the lines

    I lie in an early bed, thinking late thoughts
    Waiting for the black to replace my blue
    I do not struggle in your web because it was my aim to get caught
    But daddy longlegs, I feel that I'm finally growing weary
    Of waiting to be consumed by you

    Although many people have related her replacing the blue with black as unhappiness and emotions, I feel that when she says "I lie in an early bed, thinking late thoughts" she means she waits and waits for him, in her bed as the day passes, in an early bed, meaning that its morning, thinking late thoughts, wishing that it were night so she could go to sleep and have another day pass that will entail she is closer to him, or the subject of this song. When she says "waiting for the black to replace my blue" again she is wanting black (the darkness of the night) to replace the blue (daylight) so another day can go by in which she is closer to getting him, because a day spent without him is a day spent doing nothing but lay in bed, unable to function without him. When she says "I don not struggle in your web, because it was my aim to get caught" she means that he is caught in his "web”, yet she waits there without a struggle, unlike a fly struggles to get out of a spiders web, because he doesn’t want to be there and be eaten, but she wants him to consume her, it's all part of the game we all play in love, and she shows no struggle because she wants him to have her. He, the man she is trying to pursue, is "daddy long legs" and she is the fly that thought she could wait forever, but she is "finally getting weary" of waiting to be consumed by him... therefore she needs a first taste finally, and she needs the games to end and for him to finally give himself up to her.
    KKC789on October 10, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe KKC789 is exactly right, but I'd like to add that the black (of night) is replacing HER blue, rather than the blue of daylight (although that is also what is happening). She's waiting for sleep so she won't have to pine.

    The line that gets me the most is "I'm building memories on things we have not said." She says so many things with JUST this one line! She has no indication of his feelings for her by his words, but rather by the way he acts around her. Her memories are based on what's unsaid, what she has to interpret. And because all she has to go from are her interpretations of his actions, this is her way of asking for him to stop fumbling around and VALIDATE her analysis and her feelings.
    hotsoupwomanon February 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think that the lyric "Full is not heavy as empty, not nearly my love." is a reference to the strength of her emotions. Being "Full" or satisfied, content, happy, etc. isn't quite as strong an emotion such as "Empty", sad, hungry, alone.
    Waitforiton May 15, 2011   Link
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    General Commentits about giving urself up to something and waiting for the unexpecting
    swindler123on May 04, 2002   Link

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