Track listing

All tracks are written by Fiona Apple, except where noted.

Fetch the Bolt Cutters track listing
No. Title Length
1. “I Want You to Love Me” 3:56
2. “Shameika” 4:08
3. “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” 4:58
4. “Under the Table” 3:20
5. “Relay” (contains a sample from “My Kettle, My Cats” by Sebastian Steinberg) 4:50
6. “Rack of His” 3:42
7. “Newspaper” 5:32
8. “Ladies” (lyrics written by Apple; music composed by Steinberg and Davíd Garza) 5:25
9. “Heavy Balloon” 3:26
10. “Cosmonauts” 4:00
11. “For Her” 2:43
12. “Drumset” 2:40
13. “On I Go” 3:09
Total length: 51:49

I Want You to Love Me lyrics

I’ve waited many years
Every print I left upon the track
Has led me here
And next year it’ll be clear
This was only leading me to that
And by that time
I hope that
You
Love me
You
Love me
I move with the trees
In the breeze
I know that time is elastic
And I know when I go
All my particles disband and disperse
And I’ll be back in the pulse
And I know none of this’ll matter
In the long run
But I know a sound is still a sound
Around no-one
And while I’m in this body
I want somebody to want
And I want what I want
And I want
You
To love me
You
And I know that you do
In the dark
I know that you do
And I know that you know
That you got the protector to pick me up
And I want you to use it
Blast the music
Bang it, bite it, bruise it
Whenever you want to begin, begin
We don’t have to go back to where we been
I am the woman who wants you to win
And I’ve been waiting
Waiting for
You
To love me
You
You

Shameika Lyrics

I used to walk down the streets on my way to school
Grinding my teeth to a rhythm invisible
I used my feet to crush dead leaves like they had fallen from trees
Just for me
Just to be crash cymbals
In class I’d pass the time
Drawing a slash for every time the second hand went by
A group of five
Done twelve times was a minute
But
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
I used to march down the windy, windy sidewalks
Slapping my leg with a riding crop
Thinking it made me come off so tough
I didn’t smile, because a smile always seemed rehearsed
I wasn’t afraid of the bullies
And that just made the bullies worse
In class I’d pass the time
Drawing a slash for every time the second hand went by
A group of five
Done twelve times was a minute
But
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Hurricane Gloria in excelsis deo, that’s my bird in my tree
My dog and my man and my music is my holy trinity
Hurricane Gloria in excelsis deo, that’s my bird in my tree
My dog and my man and my music is my holy trinity
Tony told me he’d describe me as pissed off, funny and warm
Sebastian said, I’m “a good man in a storm”
Back then I didn’t know what potential meant and
Shameika wasn’t gentle and she wasn’t my friend
But she got through to me and I’ll never see her again
She got through to me and I’ll never see her again
I’m pissed off, funny and warm
I’m a good man in a storm
And when the fall is torrential, I’ll recall
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Tony told me he’d describe me as pissed off, funny and warm
Sebastian said, I’m “a good man in a storm”
Back then I didn’t know what potential meant but
Shameika wasn’t gentle and she wasn’t my friend
But she got through to me and I’ll never see her again
She got through to me and I’ll never see her again
I’m pissed off, funny and warm
I’m a good man in a storm
And when the fall is torrential, I’ll recall
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential
Shameika said I had potential

Fetch the Bolt Cutters Lyrics

I’ve been thinking about when I was trying to be your friend
I thought it was, then, but it wasn’t, it wasn’t genuine
I was just so furious, but I couldn’t show you, ’cause I know you
And I know what you can do, and I don’t want a war with you
I won’t afford it, you get sore, even when you win
And you maim when you’re on offense
But you kill when you’re on defense
And you got them all convinced that you’re the means and the end
All the VIP’s and PYT’s and wannabes
Afraid of not being your friend
And I’ve always been too smart for that, but you know what?
My heart was not, I took it like a kid, you see
The cool kids voted to get rid of me
I’m ashamed of what it did to me
What I let get done
It stole my fun, it stole my fun

Fetch the bolt cutters, I’ve been in here too long
Fetch the bolt cutters, I’ve been in here too long
Fetch the bolt cutters, I’ve been in here too long
Fetch the bolt cutters

You seem so nice, I guess you’ve changed
Fetch the bolt cutters, I’ve been in here too long
Fetch the bolt cutters, whatever happens, whatever happens
Fetch the bolt cutters, I’ve been in here too long
Fetch the bolt cutters

While I’d not yet found my bearings, those it-girls hit the ground
Comparing the way I was, to the way she was
Saying I’m not stylish enough and I cry too much, and I listened because
I hadn’t found my own voice yet
So all I could hear was the noise that
People make when they don’t know shit
But I didn’t know that yet

I grew up in the shoes they told me I could fill
When they came around, I would stand real still
A girl can roll her eyes at me and kill
I got the idea I wasn’t real
I thought being blacklisted would be grist for the mill
Until I realized
I’m still here
I grew up in the shoes they told me I could fill
Shoes that were not made for running up that hill
And I need to run up that hill
I need to run up that hill, I will, I will, I will, I will, I will

Fetch the bolt cutters, I’ve been in here too long
Fetch the bolt cutters, whatever happens, whatever happens
Fetch the bolt cutters, I’ve been in here too long
Fetch the bolt cutters, whatever happens, whatever happens
Fetch the bolt cutters, whatever happens, whatever happens
Fetch the bolt cutters, fetch the bolt cutters
I will, I will, fetch the bolt cutters
Fetch the bolt cutters, fetch the bolt cutters
Fetch the bolt cutters, fetch the bolt cutters
Whatever happens, whatever happens
Whatever happens, whatever happens
Fetch the bolt cutters

Under The Table Lyrics

I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me
I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me
I told you I didn’t want to go to this dinner
You know I don’t go for those ones that you bother about
So when they say something that makes me start to simmer
That fancy wine won’t put this fire out, oh

Kick me under the table all you want
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up
Kick me under the table all you want
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up

I’d like to buy you a pair of pillow-soled hiking boots
To help you with your climb
Or rather, to help the bodies that you step over, along your route
So they won’t hurt like mine

Kick me under the table all you want
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up
Kick me under the table all you want
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up

And if I don’t wanna go, leave me alone, don’t push me
Cookie, don’t push me, don’t you push me
If you get me to go and I open my mouth
To the fucking mutton that they’re talking about
You can pout, but don’t you, don’t you, don’t you, don’t you, don’t you shush me

Kick me under the table all you want
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up
Kick me under the table all you want
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up
Kick me under the table all you want
(I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me)
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up
Kick me under the table all you want
(I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me)
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up

And if I don’t wanna go, leave me alone, don’t push me
Cookie, don’t push me, don’t you push me
If you get me to go and I open my mouth
To the fucking mutton that they’re talking about
You can pout, but don’t you, don’t you, don’t you, don’t you, don’t you shush me

I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me
I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me
I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me

Kick me under the table all you want
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up
Kick me under the table all you want
(I would beg to disagree, I would beg to disagree)
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up

Kick me under the table all you want
(I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me)
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up
Kick me under the table all you want
(I would beg to disagree, but begging disagrees with me)
I won’t shut up
I won’t shut up

Relay Lyrics

Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch

I resent you for being raised right
I resent you for being tall
I resent you for never getting any opposition at all
I resent you for having each other
I resent you for being so sure
I resent you for presenting your life, like a fucking propaganda brochure

And I see that you keep trying to bait me
And I’d love to get up in your face
But I know if I hate you, for hating me
I will have entered the endless race

Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch

I resent you for being raised right
I resent you for being tall
I resent you for never getting any opposition at all
I resent you for having each other
I resent you for being so sure
I resent you for presenting your life like a fucking propaganda brochure

And I see that you keep trying to bait me
And I’d love to get up in your face
But I know if I hate you, for hating me
I will have entered the endless race

Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch

(Don’t want to hurt you, but I don’t want to hurt myself even more)
I’m sorry
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
Evil is a relay sport, when the one who’s burned, turns to pass the torch
I used to go to the ferris wheel every morning
Just to throw my anger out the door

Rack Of His Lyrics

I gave you pictures and cards on non-holidays
And it wasn’t because I was bored
I followed you from room to room, with no attention
And it wasn’t because I was bored

It was because I was loving you so much
That’s the only reason I gave my time to you
And that’s it, that’s the kick in you giving up
‘Cause you know you won’t like it, when there’s nothing to do

Check out that rack of his, look at that row of guitar necks
Lined up like eager Fillies, outstretched like legs of Rockettes
They don’t know what they are in for, and they don’t care, but I do
I thought you would wail on me, like you wail on them
But it was just a coochie-coo-coups

And meanwhile, I’m loving you so much
It’s the only reason I gave my time to you
And that’s it, that’s the kick in you giving up
‘Cause you know you won’t like it, when there’s nothing to do

Meanwhile, I’m loving you so much
That’s the only reason that I gave my time to you
And that’s it, that’s the kick in you giving up
‘Cause you know you don’t like it, when there’s nothing to do

And I’ve been used so many times
I’ve learned to use myself in kind
I try to drum, I try to write
I can’t do either well, but alright, it’s fine, I guess
‘Cause I know how to spend my time
I know how to spend my time
I know how to spend my time
I know how to spend my time

Meanwhile, I’m loving you so much
Meanwhile, I’m loving you so much
Meanwhile, I’m loving you so much

Newspaper Lyrics

I too, used to want him to be proud of me
And then I just wanted him to make amends
I wonder what lies he’s telling you about me
To make sure that we’ll never be friends
And it’s a shame, because you and I didn’t get a witness
We’re the only ones who know
We were cursed, the moment that he kissed us
From then on, it was his big show

I grew concerned, when I saw him start to covet you
When I learned what he did, I felt close to you
In my own way, I fell in love with you
But he’s made me a ghost to you
I watch him let go of your hand, I wanna stand between you
But it’s not what I’m supposed to do
I watch him walk over, talk over you, be mean to you

And it makes me feel close to you
It makes me feel close to you
It makes me feel close to you
It’s not what it’s supposed to do
It makes me feel close to you

I too, wanted to make him proud of me
And then I just wanted him to make amends
I wonder what lies he’s telling you about me
To make sure that we’ll never be friends
And it’s a shame, because you and I didn’t get a witness
We’re the only ones who know
We were cursed, the moment that he kissed us
From then on, it was his big show
From then on, it was his big show
From then on, it was his big show

And you’re wearing time, like a flowery crown
Sitting that, sitting that big cat down
And I’m alone on the summit now
Trying not to let my light go out

I too, used to want him to be proud of me
And then I just wanted him to make amends
I wonder what lies he’s telling you about me
To make sure that we’ll never be friends
And it’s a shame, because you and I didn’t get a witness
We’re the only ones who know
We were cursed, the moment that he kissed us
From then on, it was his big show

I grew concerned, when I saw him start to covet you
When I learned what he did, I felt close to you
In my own way, I fell in love with you
But he’s made me a ghost to you
I watch him let go of your hand, I wanna stand between you
But it’s not what I’m supposed to do
I watch him walk over, talk over you, be mean to you

And it makes me feel close to you
And you’re wearing time, like a flowery crown
Sitting that, sitting that big cat down
And I’m alone on the summit now
Trying not to let my light go out
Trying not to let my light go out

You’re wearing time, like a flowery crown
Sitting that, sitting that big cat down
And I’m alone on the summit now
Trying not to let my light go out

Oh, I too, used to want him to be proud of me
And then I just wanted him to make amends
I wonder what lies he’s told you about me
To make sure that we’ll never be friends
To make sure that we’ll never be friends
To make sure that we’ll never be friends
To make sure that we’ll never be friends

Ladies Lyrics

Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies

Ruminations on the looming effect
And the parallax view, and the figure
And the form, and the revolving door that keeps
Turning out more and more
Good women like you
Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through

Ruminations on the looming effect
And the parallax view, and the figure
And the form, and the revolving door that keeps
Turning out more and more
Good women like you
Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through

Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Take it easy, when he leaves me, please be my guest
To whatever I might’ve left
In his kitchen cupboards, in the back of his bathroom cabinets
And oh yes, oh yes, oh yes

There’s a dress in the closet, don’t get rid of it, you’d look good in it
I didn’t fit in it, it was never mine
It belonged to the ex wife of another ex of mine
She left it behind, with a note
One line it said, “I don’t know if I’m coming across, but I’m really trying”
She was very kind

Fruit bat
Cuter than a button, mutton-head maniac
Fruit bat, cuter than a button, mutton-head maniac

Nobody can replace anybody else
So, it would be a shame to make it a competition
And no love is like any other love
So, it would be insane to make a comparison with you

Ruminations on the looming effect
And the parallax view, and the figure
And the form, and the revolving door that keeps
Turning out more and more
Good women like you
Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through

Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies

No love is like any other love
So, it would be insane to make a comparison with you

Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies
Ladies, ladies, ladies, ladies

Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through
Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through
Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through
Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through
Yet another woman, to whom I won’t get through

Heavy Balloon Lyrics

People like us, we play with a heavy balloon
Keep it up to keep the devil at bay but it always falls way too soon
People like us, we play with a heavy balloon
We keep it up to keep the devil at bay but it always falls way too soon
People like us, we play with a heavy balloon
We keep it up to keep the devil at bay but it always falls way too soon

I spread like strawberries!
I climb like peas and beans!
I’ve been sucking it in so long
That I’m busting at the seams
I spread like strawberries!
I climb like peas and beans!
I’ve been sucking it in so long
That I’m busting at the seams

In the middle of the day, it’s like the sun
But the Sahara one, staring me down
Forcing all forms of life inside of me to retreat underground
It grows relentless like the teeth of a rat
It’s just got to keep gnawing at me
And it constricts like a ball on a hose, nothing flows
So the pressure grows instead of the sea

People like us get so heavy and so lost sometimes
So lost and so heavy that the bottom is the only place that we can find
We get dragged down, down to the same spot enough times in a row
The bottom begins to feel like the only safe place that you know

But you know what?

I spread like strawberries!
I climb like peas and beans!
I’ve been sucking it in so long
That I’m busting at the seams
I spread like strawberries!
I climb like peas and beans!
I’ve been sucking it in so long
That I’m busting at the seams

(I spread like strawberries)
(I climb like peas and beans)

(I spread like strawberries)
(I climb like peas and beans)

(I spread like strawberries)
(I climb like peas and beans)

(I spread like strawberries)
(I climb like peas and beans)

Cosmonauts Lyrics

Your face ignites a fuse to my patience
Whatever you do is gonna be wrong
There’s no time to interrupt the detonation
Be good to me before you’re gone
When I met you I was fine with my nothing
I grew with you and now I’ve changed
What I’ve become is something I can’t be without your loving
Be good to me, it isn’t a game

Now let me see, it’s you and me, forgive a good God
How do you suppose that we’ve survived?
Come on, that’s right, left right
Make light of all the heavier

Cause you and I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off
Oh, you and I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off

When you resist me, hon, I cease to exist
Because I only like the way I look, I look into your eyes
And when you come back, you commemorate the penetration of the sun
Into the deep dark sky

Now let me see, it’s you and me, forgive a good God
How do you suppose that we’ve survived?
Come on, that’s right, left right
Make light of all the heavier

Cause you and I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off
Oh, you and I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off

Started, started off, started off
Started off, started off, started off, baby
Started off, started off, started off, now
Started off, started off, started off, baby
Started off, started off, started, started
Started, started

You and I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off
Oh, you and I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off

Started, started off, started off
Started off, started off, started off, baby
Started off, started off, started off, now
Started off, started off, started off, baby
Started off, started off, started, started
Started, started
Started off, started off, started off, baby
Started off, started off, started off, now
Started off, started off, started off, baby
Started off, started off, started, started
Started, started

And I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off
Oh, you and I will be like a couple of cosmonauts
Except with way more gravity than when we started off

For Her Lyrics

Look at how feathered his cocks are!
See how seamless his frocks are
Look at his paper-beating over that rockstar
Look at how long she walks and how far
Was she lost? or
Maybe she was not for travelling in the stock car, anymore
Maybe she spent her formative years
Dealing with his contentious fears
And endless jeers and her endless tears
And maybe she’s got tired of watching him

Sniff white off a starlet’s breast
Treating his wife like less than a guest
Getting his girl to clean up his mess
Never showing weakness unless it’s a ward’s season!
It’s the season of the ward
And she’s trying to cut the cord
She’s tired of planting her knees on the cold, hard floor of facts
Trying to act like the other girl acts

And you strike me a been exact
But you know that you never really go to the mat
You tie everything all pretty in the second act
When you know that it didn’t go exactly like that!

You arrive and drive by, like a sauced up bat
Like you know you should know but you don’t know where it’s at
Like you know you should know but you don’t know where it’s at
Like you know you should know but you don’t know where it’s at

You arrive and drive by, like a sauced up bat
Like you know you should know but you don’t know where it’s at!
You arrive and drive by, like a sauced up bat
Like you know you should know but you don’t know where it’s at!

Like you know, you should know, but you don’t know what you did
Like you know, you should know what happened when I came to bed
Like you know, you should know, but you don’t know
Like you know, you should know, but you don’t know
Like you know, you should know, but you don’t know what you did

Well, good morning! Good morning!
You raped me in the same bed your daughter was born in
Good morning! Good morning!
Good morning! Good morning!
(Like you know, you should know, but you don’t know
Like you know, you should know, but you don’t know
Like you know, you should know, but you don’t know)

You were so high
You were so high
You were so high

Drumset Lyrics

The drumset is gone
And the rug it was on
Is still here screaming at me
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you take it all away?
And the dialing of the phone
Is no longer wrong
Since you’ve been done with me
And you don’t want to talk with me at all
Why did you take it all away?
I did nothing wrong
I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it
I don’t believe your reasoning
Now I understand, you’re a human
And you got to lie, you’re a man
And you got to get what you want
How you want it, cause so do I
And I wanted to try

Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?

Why did you take it all away? (You took it all away)
Why did you take it all away? (You took it all away, took it)
Why did you take it all away? (You took it all away)
Why did you take it all away? (You took it all away)

The drumset is gone
And the rug it was on
Is still here screaming at me (You took it all away, took it)
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you take it all away? (You took it all away, took it)
And the dialing of the phone (You took it all away, took it)
Is no longer wrong (You took it all away, took it)
Since you’ve been done with me
And you don’t want to talk with me at all
Why did you take it all away?
I did nothing wrong
I don’t believe it, I don’t believe it
I don’t believe your reasoning
Now I understand, you’re a human
And you got to lie, you’re a man
And you got to get what you want
How you want it, cause so do I
And I wanted to try

Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?
Why did you not want to try?
Why did you take it all away?
And

On I Go Lyrics

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a-
Ah, fuck, shit
Oh!

You were long gone, you were long gone, you were long gone

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

On I go, not toward or away
Up until now it was day, next day
Up until now in a rush to prove
But now I only move to move

 

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