Every single night I endure the flight
Of little whims of white flame
Butterflies in my brain
These ideas of mine percolate the mind
Trickle down the spine
Form the belly swelling to a blaze

That's where the pain comes in
Like a second skeleton
Trying to fit beneath the skin
I can't bear the feeling

Every single night's alight
With my brain

And I say to her
Why'd I say it to her
What does she think of me
That I'm not what I ought to be
That I'm what I try not to be
Has got to be somebody else's fault
I can't get caught

If what I am is what I am
'Cause I does what I does
Then brother get back 'cause my breast gonna bust open
The rib is the shell and the heart is the yolk
And I just made a meal for us both to choke on

Every single night's a fight
With my brain

I just wanna feel everything
I just wanna feel everything
I just wanna feel everything

So I'm gonna try to be still now
Gonna renounce the mill a little while
And if we had a double king-size bed
We could move in it and I'd soon forget

If what I am is what I am
'Cause I does what I does
And maybe I'd relax, let my breast just bust open
My heart's made of parts of all that's around me
And that's why the devil just can't get around me

Every single night's alright
Every single night's a fight
Every single fight's alright
With my brain

I just wanna feel everything
I just wanna feel everything
I just wanna feel everything
I just wanna feel everything


Lyrics submitted by NeonZebra, edited by nickireland7, ghostyyy, Soulwax

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  • +19
    My Interpretationsome have said "you are your own worst enemy". I think this song is an acknowledgment of that. our minds sometimes try to sabotage us and with fiona it is not at all different. every single night she fights the thoughts and feelings that come up and try to bring her down, feelings of depression, of loneliness, anything that's real and human. the eternal battle between what we are and what we want to be. the eternal frustration and the sensation that we just might explode with all these feelings. we all feel it, it's all there.

    what I love the most about this song is that in the end she realizes that frailty is actually her biggest strength: "My hearts made of parts of all thats around me/And thats why the devil just cant get around me" - she is moved by love and that love will keep her safe from harm. that's why every single fight is alright.

    fiona apple has been my favorite artist for years. but never has she been so close to what I feel. thank you for coming back!
    giuliadmon April 23, 2012   Link
  • +11
    General CommentNo song has ever even come close to what's going on inside me like this one does. The constant anxiety, the overwhelming collision of feelings, the noise in my head that won't go away. I hate it. I love it. But above all, I wish I could bottle it up and create something amazing out of it like Fiona can.

    I don't understand how someone can be such a *ridiculously* good writer. And it's not just that...it's the way she uses her voice, the rhythm of her playing, just everything combining to make her probably my favorite artist of all time.

    I know this all sounds really fangirly and over-exaggerated, but at this moment in time, I'm in complete fucking irrational awe. I wish I was born with a voice like hers so I could bring to life the songs I write...but they probably don't even compare anyways :/ thanks for being a dream crusher Fiona Apple...still love you <3
    Aquarius121on June 22, 2012   Link
  • +5
    General CommentI have always been able to relate to Fiona's words & these lyrics are no exception. My personal brain-fight results in insomnia.

    Initially, I misheard the lyric as "I just wanna be everything", which I also related to & thought fit the song, but of course the actual lyric makes sense, too.

    But anyway, I agree with qiuliadm's interpretation - couldn't have said it any better.
    nylonstringon June 13, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionThese are the lyrics from her website (fiona-apple.com/)

    Every single night I endure the flight
    Of little wings of white flame
    Butterflies in my brain
    These ideas of mine percolate the mind
    Trickle down the spine
    Swarm the belly, swelling to a blaze

    That's where the pain comes in
    Like a second skeleton
    Trying to fit beneath the skin
    I cant fit the feelings in

    Every single nights a light
    With my brain

    What'd I say to her
    Why'd I say it to her
    What does she think of me
    That I'm not what I ought to be
    That I'm what I try not to be
    It's got to be somebody else's fault
    I can't get caught

    If what I am is what I am
    Cause I does what I does
    Then brother get back cause my breast gonna bust open
    The rib is the shell and the heart is the yolk
    And I just made a meal for us both to choke on

    Every single nights a fight
    With my brain

    I just wanna feel everything x3

    So I'm gonna try to be still now
    Gonna renounce the mill a little while
    And if we had a double king size bed
    We could move in it and id soon forget

    That what I am is what I am
    Cause does what I does
    And maybe I'd relax let my breast just bust open
    My hearts made of parts of all that surrounds around me
    And that's why the devil just can't get around me

    Every single nights alright
    Every single nights a fight
    Every single fights alright
    With my brain

    I just wanna feel everything
    actoroutofworkon June 15, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think this song is a trip into her brain. Fiona's telling us how her brain works, and how it doesn't let her live\sleep. She thinks too much, and it causes her pain.
    JackSylverwindon July 06, 2012   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about someone with an eating disorder having late night food cravings.
    DKVilleon July 16, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIts not a fad for me to love her. I've loved her and appreciated her since I first heard her. I do believe she's the greatest lyricist/singer ever. No hyperbole. This is a feeling which has endured for decades. She's a poet and bursting with creativity.

    I always feel grateful when she shares her talent, pain and introspection with us.

    It's a pleasure reading all of the insight of the commenters here.
    trumanhwon September 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjust wanted to say I loved the song and the crazy video right away...but when I read the lyrics it hit me like an Ironic ton a bricks...then when I read your post I had to agree but mostly...however you should give yourself a little more credit for your own writing :) @AQUARIUS121
    mariahroon July 01, 2013   Link

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