"Nightingale" as written by and Norah Jones....
Nightingale, sing us a song
Of a love that once belonged
Nightingale, tell me your tale
Was your journey far too long?

Does it seem like I'm looking for an answer
To a question I can't ask
I don't know which way the feather falls
Or if I should blow it to the left

Nightingale, sing us a song
Of a love that once belonged
Nightingale, tell me your tale
Was your journey far too long?

All the voices that are spinnin' around me
Trying to tell me what to say
Can I fly right behind you
And you can take me away

All the voices that are spinnin' around me
Trying to tell me what to say
Can I fly right behind you
And you can take me away, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
You can take me away


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"Nightingale" as written by Norah Jones

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    General CommentI really love this song. I think it's about the person singing asking "the nightingale" who is probably just a free-spirited person to help her. The person singing wants to fly away with the Nightingale, and leave behind the people who always tell her what to do. I like this song becuase I really want to fly away from school and just live. And I know where my responsibilites lie but I want to irresponsible just once.
    Emilykat16on May 08, 2002   Link
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    General CommentNightingale is such an awesome song...Norah Jones has an incredible voice. In listening to her, I can just imagine the darkened coffee house and the jazz performers before her...she's soft in her vocals, but the music is hard enough to be interesting.
    AliceInVelveton September 29, 2002   Link
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    General Commentmy personal favourite of Norah Jones's work, I can certainly relate to wanting to fly away......
    fadedon April 25, 2003   Link
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    General CommentHer voice is just so beautiful nothing else matters
    starsh0ton October 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhy havent more people posted on this song. because it is INCREDIBLE.

    thats all i have to say.
    Johnde08on October 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNorah Jones is so amazing, I definitely agree. I love the mellowness of her voice.
    Anyways...this song.
    Nightingale has always been my nickname from my grandpa, so this song holds a special place in my heart, especially when I'm about to play a song on my violin for him.
    Such a wonderful, floating song.
    severalwayson July 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthow my summers been this is my favorite part:
    Does it seem like I'm looking for an answer
    To a question I can't ask
    I don't know which way the feather falls
    Or if I should blow it to the left

    because im having second thoughts about the college i picked and other things.

    All the voices that are spinnin' around me
    Trying to tell me what to say
    Can I fly right behind you
    And you can take me away

    that would be great tonight.
    twowingsupon July 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthow my summers been this is my favorite part:
    Does it seem like I'm looking for an answer
    To a question I can't ask
    I don't know which way the feather falls
    Or if I should blow it to the left

    because im having second thoughts about the college i picked and other things.

    All the voices that are spinnin' around me
    Trying to tell me what to say
    Can I fly right behind you
    And you can take me away

    that would be great tonight.
    twowingsupon July 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLove It.. Love Norah!!

    Does it seem like I'm looking for an answer
    To a question I can't ask

    I don't know which way the feather falls
    Or if I should blow it to the left

    Having troubles knowing what u want..
    and maybe your pushed by other feelings to want something u dont really feel/want...

    Dont know whats going to happen..
    Shall I force myself/it..

    All the voices that are spinnin' around me
    Trying to tell me what to say

    Going Crazy from the feelings and people around me
    Telling me what to do/feel


    Can I fly right behind you
    And you can take me away

    ....


    So feeling this right now...

    Just Got to Love Her!!


    Scarletroseson December 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song writer is musing over a past love interest. Hearing the nightingale singing, she is hoping to hear news of her love.
    She's wrangling with a question she's afraid to ask herself, because the answers scare her. Did he ever/does he still care? Should she get back in touch and confess her love? Is she missing her chance at something real? In any case, we don't know the question, which may hold the key to all these things, but the answer to the core question is either yes or no. And she doesn't know the answer (I don't know which way the feather falls), or whether she'll go ahead and make a decision without knowing (blow it to the left).
    She's been getting advice about what to do, and what to feel, but knows the weight of the decision rests solely on her.
    So she asks the nightingale to take her away so she won't have to face the reality of the decision she's facing.

    At least that's what this song says to me. I can relate.
    Babbageon August 14, 2012   Link

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