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According to the Jonathan Songfacts, the song was inspired by the kindness Apple's former boyfriend Jonathan Ames showed her during a trip to Coney Island.

APPLE: I did that because Jonathan likes his name to be spoken. He pisses me off in so many ways, but I’m still very close with him. I felt like he deserves to have a song with his name in it. I was staying in an apartment in New York and he was just… read more

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  • jonathan, anything and anyone you have done has gotta be alright with me, if she's part of the reason you are how you are she's alright with me ༼ つ ◕_◕ ༽つ
  • This song good
  • wonderful how much her compositions are so similar to Jon Brion.. she just does whatever the heck she wants.. and it works!!
  • This song kills me every time I listen to it... [2]
  • This song kills me every time I listen to it...
  • seriously the bass on this track is incredible
  • Favorite track on Idler Wheel...
  • I don't wanna talk about, I don't wanna talk about anything.
  • one of the best songs on the album, along with werewolf [2]
  • I love this one. Nice Percussion. Nice Melody. chaotic and lovely."Just tolerate my little fist Tugging on your forest chest" awesome line

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