#NP: Fiona Apple - "The Way Things Are"

We've all taken bullshit from other people at some point in our lives.  Someone tries to make you feel weird or stupid because they don't understand why you do what you do.  If you're confident, you don't let it affect you, but it's hard not to sometimes.  And when it does bother you, you try to run away from it.  Instead, you should encourage it.  Recognize that those people don't want to see it your way and they aren't as strong as you.  Encourage their shit talking just to show them how much you don't give a fuck.  That's what Fiona Apple is talking about in this song from her 1999 Jon Brion-produced album, When The Pawn ... (the actual title is 30 words long, you can view the whole thing here).  "Keep on calling me names, keep on, keep on," she sings on the song's catchy chorus, "And I'll keep kicking the crap till it's gone."  She wants the person she's addressing to keep on "killing" her happiness because, if they do, eventually she'll "settle" and as soon as she does, she moves on.  That's Apple doing what she does best, talking about those things everyone else is scared to talk about because we don't want to seem vulnerable.  She makes herself vulnerable so we don't have to, and she's stronger for it.  Go with yourself.



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