Jonathan (5:03)

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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 starting up his show. I was writing this instrumental thing that I’d started after he had taken me to Coney Island—he takes all of his girlfriends to Coney Island. I was bitchy about it later on, but at the time he gave me this really wonderful day of simple joy and kindness


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  • niqart

    This song good

    3 Sep 7:42pm Reply
  • plaidsheep

    wonderful how much her compositions are so similar to Jon Brion.. she just does whatever the heck she wants.. and it works!!

    20 Feb 4:56pm Reply
  • heroine-pretend

    This song kills me every time I listen to it... [2]

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • RonnieR2

    This song kills me every time I listen to it...

    2 Oct 2013 Reply
  • onetimemanatee

    seriously the bass on this track is incredible

    6 Sep 2013 Reply
  • p1d1s1

    Favorite track on Idler Wheel...

    23 Jun 2013 Reply
  • blue_myself

    I don't wanna talk about, I don't wanna talk about anything.

    17 May 2013 Reply
  • strom-z

    one of the best songs on the album, along with werewolf [2]

    12 May 2013 Reply
  • thazi

    I love this one. Nice Percussion. Nice Melody. chaotic and lovely."Just tolerate my little fist Tugging on your forest chest" awesome line

    8 Apr 2013 Reply
  • reynan_mtv

    @Apsolutnost: hahaha

    8 Jan 2013 Reply
  • kenobi_DXC

    Remembers me: The Fiery Furnaces

    5 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Apsolutnost

    @reynan: lol, I came here only to say the exact same thing

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • reynan_mtv

    Remembers me this Björk's song:

    2 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    Really gorgeous song.

    25 Dec 2012 Reply
  • dec30

    Intense! Classic FA. Percussion is sublime

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • flamencodave

    She's a great songwriter and singer. This chord progression is very unsettling, which fits the lyrics really well.

    6 Nov 2012 Reply
  • u_go_na

    ♥♫ ♥ ♫nice fiona♥♫ ♥ ♫

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    Factory sounds make such cool percussion.

    11 Oct 2012 Reply
  • igottrouble

    I like watching you live...

    8 Sep 2012 Reply
  • SoapMagic

    v The "drums" are actually a recording of a machine at a bottle-making factory! "On the first night of recording with Charley, we walked by this bottle-making factory. The door was open and you could hear a machine running. We both had our recorders with us and we agreed that the sound would be good for the song "Jonathan". Juan, the guy working the night shift at the factory, let us walk through and record the sound of the machine. That was the moment where I said, 'Oh, we're not making demos - this is going to be it. Me and Charley are going to make a record right now.' And then it just got fun."

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
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