Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
Joanna Newsom
Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie

that means no
where i come from
i am cold, out waiting for the day to come
i chew my lips, and i scratch my nose
feels so good to be a rose

oh, don’t, don’t you lift me up
like i’m that shy, no no no no no,
just give it up

there are bats all dissolving in a row
into the wishy-washy dark that will not let go
and i will not let go
and so i thank the lord
and i thank his sword
though it be mincing up the morning, slightly bored

o morning, without warning, like a hole
and i watch you go

there are some mornings when the sky looks like a road
there are some dragons who were built to have and hold
and some machines are dropped from great heights, lovingly
and some great bellies ache with many bumblebees
(and they sting so terribly)

i do as i please, now i’m on my knees
your skin is something that i stir into my tea
and i am watching you
and you are starry, starry, starry
and i’m tumbling down, and i check a frown

well just look around, it’s why i love this town
just see me serenaded hourly! celebrated sourly!
dedicated dourly
waltzing with the open sea
clam, crab, cockle, cowrie
oh, will you just look at me?

Joanna Newsom Music Asks
  • 1: Favorite Joanna song?
  • 2: Top five favorite Joanna songs?
  • 3: Favorite album?
  • 4: Favorite lyric(s)?
  • 5: A Joanna song that is the most special to you?
  • 6: Least favorite Joanna song?
  • 7: Least favorite album?
  • 8: What's your favorite song(s) from Milk-Eyed Mender?
  • 9: What's your favorite song(s) from YS?
  • 10: What's your favorite song(s) from Have One On me?
  • 11: What's your favorite song(s) from Divers?
  • 12: What's your least favorite song(s) from Milk-Eyed Mender?
  • 13: What's your least favorite song(s) from YS?
  • 14: What's your least favorite song(s) from Have One On me?
  • 15: What's your least favorite song(s) from Divers?
  • 16: Rank the albums from favorite to least favorite?
  • 17: What was the first Joanna album you've purchased?
  • 18: Have you seen Joanna live?
  • 19: Favorite Joanna song live?
  • 20: What's your dream Joanna set list?
  • 21: What is your favorite cover Joanna has performed?
  • 22: Favorite cover of a Joanna song?
  • 22: When and how did you discover Joanna's music?
  • 23: First song you loved by Joanna?
  • 24: Have you seen Joanna live? Have you gotten to meet her?
  • 25: Yarn and Glue or Walnut Whales?
  • 26: Favorite version of Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie?
  • 27: Who would you want to see Joanna collaborate with?
  • 28: Best way to listen to a Joanna album?
  • 29: The Joanna song(s)/album(s) you put on when you've had a long day and want to cry?
  • 30: The Joanna song(s)/album(s) you put on when you're feeling happy?
  • 31: Most Overrated song(s)?
  • 32: Underrated song(s)?
  • 33: What songs do you prefer to hear solo (without her backing band)?
  • 34: Favorite musical arrangement (studio or live)?
  • 35: Favorite live performance?
  • 36: Favorite harp instrumentation?
  • 37: Favorite piano instrumentation?
  • 38: Favorite vocal performance ?
  • 39: If you could hear any Joanna song live (if you haven't already), what would it be?
  • 40: If you could play one Joanna song for the world to listen to, what would it be?
the signs as the songs of the milk-eyed mender

aries: the book of right-on

do you want to sit at my table?/my fighting fame is fabled/and fortune finds me fit and able

taurus: sprout and the bean

should we go outside?/should we break some bread?/are y’interested?

gemini: inflammatory writ

and as for my inflammatory writ?/well, I wrote it, and I was not inflamed one bit

cancer: sadie

you and I and a love so tender/stretched on the hoop where I stitch this adage/”bless our house and its heart so savage”

leo: clam, crab, cockle, cowrie

that’s why I love this town/well, just look around/to see me serenaded hourly!/and celebrated sourly! and dedicated dourly!/waltzing with the open sea/clam, crab, cockle, cowrie/will you just look at me?

virgo: en gallop

and you laws of property/you free economy/and you unending afterthoughts/you could’ve told me before

libra: peach, plum, pear

this is unlike the story/it was written to be/I was riding its back/when it used to ride me

scorpio: three little babes

“for I shan’t stay here in this wicked world/when there’s a better one for me/cold clods, cold clods, inside my bed/cold clods down at my feet/the tears my dear mother shed for me/would wet my winding sheet”

sagittarius: cassiopeia

and in store are dreams so daring/that the night can’t stop from staring/and I’ll swim sweetly as a herring/through the ether, not despairing

capricorn: swansea

dear one, drive on/when all we want to do/is chew, and chew, and chew

aquarius: bridges and balloons

oh my love, oh it was a funny little thing/to be the ones to’ve seen

pisces: this side of the blue

and I find myself knowing the things that I knew/which is all that you can know on this side of the blue

Joanna Newsom's Singing Range

Significant high notes:

  • D6 (“Colleen”)
  • A5 (“Look and Despair”)
  • G5 (“Have One On Me”, “Good Intentions Paving Company”, “Look and Despair”, “Only Skin”)
  • F♯5 (“Bridges and Balloons”, “Colleen”, “Have One On Me”, “In California”, “The Fray”)
  • F5 (“Cosmia”, “‘81”, “Emily”, “Esme”, “Monkey & Bear”, “Sawdust & Diamonds”)
  • E5 (“Autumn”, “Colleen”, “Emily”, “Esme”, “Have One On Me”, “In California”, “Kingfisher”, “Peach, Plum, Pear”, “Only Skin”, “Ribbon Bows”, “The Man Who Ran the Town”)
  • E♭5 (“Easy”, “Only Skin”, “Sadie”, “Sawdust & Diamonds”, “Swansea”, “The Fray”)
  • D5 (“Baby Birch”, “Cosmia”, “Does Not Suffice”, “Emily”, “En Gallop”, “Esme”, “Go Long”, “Good Intentions Paving Company”, “In California”, “Inflammatory Writ”, “Look and Despair”, “Kingfisher”, “Monkey & Bear”, “On A Good Day”, “Ribbon Bows”, “Sawdust & Diamonds”, “Soft As Chalk”, “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens”, “Three Little Babes”, “What We Are Allowed”, “You And Me, Bess”)
  • C♯5 (“Bridges and Balloons”, “Cosmia”, “Erin”, “Go Long”, “Only Skin”, “Sprout and the Bean”, “Swansea”, “What We Have Known”)

Significant low notes:

  • A3 (“Autumn”, “Baby Birch”, “Colleen”, “Cosmia”, “Esme”, “Half a Day”, “Have One On Me”, “In California”, “Inflammatory Writ”, “Kingfisher”, “Monkey & Bear”, “Occident”, “Only Skin”, “Ribbon Bows”, “Soft As Chalk”, “The Diver’s Wife”, “This Side of the Blue”, “What We Are Allowed”)
  • G♯3 (“Monkey & Bear”, “Sprout and the Bean”, “Swansea”, “The Book of Right-On”, “What We Have Known”)
  • G3 (“Cosmia”, “'81”, “Emily”, “Good Intentions Paving Company”, “In California”, “Jackrabbits”, “Kindness Be Conceived”, “Kingfisher”,“Monkey & Bear, "No Provenance”, “Only Skin”, “Soft As Chalk”, “The Diver’s Wife”, “The North Star Grassman and the Ravens”, “This Side of the Blue”, “You And Me, Bess”)
  • F♯3 (“Autumn”, “Bridges and Balloons”, “Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie”, “Does Not Suffice”, “Go Long”, “Sadie”, “Soft As Chalk”, “What We Have Known”)
  • F3 (“Autumn”, “'81”, “Esme”, “Good Intentions Paving Company”, “Half a Day”, “Ribbon Bows”, “The Diver’s Wife”)
  • E3 (“Good Intentions Paving Company”)
  • C3 (“Only Skin”)

A spoiler-free fanmix for Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap. I had the incredible privilege of reading an advance copy of this book and it is indescribable. The ultimate feminist reclamation of Persephone, of beauty, of the role of public perception in our views of ourselves. Plus bees! And kittens! And a horse! And cunnilingus! Not all in the same scene, technically.

This is a book to be devoured by women with appetites… and to be read with the lights on.

8tracks || download

1. Ghosts - Laura Marling 2. Girl - Across the Universe OST 3. Black Coffin - his orchestra 4. Honey to the Bee - Play 5. I Go Blind - Hootie & the Blowfish 6. Tickle Me Pink - Johnny Flynn 7. I Knew You Were Trouble - Taylor Swift 8. Eyeless in Holloway - Johnny Flynn 9. Open Fields - Mark & James 10. Night Changes - One Direction 11. Keep the Streets Empty for Me - Fever Ray 12. Nighttime - the drink up, honey 13. Trouble is a Friend - Lenka 14. Night Terror - Laura Marling 15. The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face - Matt Cardle 16. Autumn Leaves - Ed Sheeran 17. Nightmare - Ronan Hardiman 18. Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - Aly & A.J. 19. Breathe Me - Aiden Grimshaw 20. Blank Space (Live Acoustic Genderswap) - Stereo Kicks 21. Breathe Out - Faye Hamlin 22. Clam, Cockle, Cowrie, Crab - Joanna Newsom 23. Comeback (Stripped) - Ella Eyre 24. Ghost (Acoustic) - Ella Henderson 25. Muzzle of Bees - Wilco

all that i could see;
→ a mix for two kunoichi softly, quietly falling in love.
listen on 8tracks

i. clam, crab, cockle, cowrie - joanna newsom; ii. guilty as charged - tegan and sara; iii. when you sleep - mary lambert; iv. wonder - lauren aquilina; v. i already see it - kye kye; vi. real love - regina spektor; vii. combinations - eisley; viii. salvation - gabrielle aplin; ix. brand new colony - the postal service; x. 1234 - feist; xi. the story - brandi carlile

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