WHEN THE PAWN hits the conflicts he thinks like a king / What he knows throws the blows when he goes to the fight / And he'll win the whole thing before he enters the ring / There's no body to batter when your mind is your might / So when you go solo, you hold your own hand / And remember that depth is the greatest of heights / And if you know where you stand, then you know where to land / And if you fall it won't matter, cuz you'll know that you're right
(or simply, When the Pawn
) is the second album
by American singer-songwriter Fiona Apple
, released by Epic Records
in the United States
on November 9 1999
. The full album title contains over 400 characters of text.
The album came in special packaging that contained sheer red paper around the inserts. The title was written as a poem over Apple's face on the cover. She wrote the poem after reading a bad review of her debut album Tidal
. The album's long title has become a source of trivia, and when it was released held the world record for longest album title. However, in October 2007 Soulwax
released their remix album Most of the Remixes
, which has 100 characters more in its title and might be the new record holder. However, Apple's album still holds the record for longest title for a studio LP.
The first single, "Fast as You Can", was fairly popular and received moderate radio and video airplay. It charted within the top twenty on the U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and became Apple's first top forty hit on the UK Singles Chart. The follow-up singles, "Limp" and especially "Paper Bag", were less successful. Apple's boyfriend at the time, filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, directed videos for all three singles.
All songs written by Fiona Apple.
- "On the Bound" – 5:23
- "To Your Love" – 3:40
- "Limp" – 3:31
- "Love Ridden" – 3:22
- "Paper Bag" – 3:40
- "A Mistake" – 4:58
- "Fast as You Can" – 4:40
- "The Way Things Are" – 4:18
- "Get Gone" – 4:10
- "I Know" – 4:57
- "Across The Universe (Bonus track on Japanese edition only)"
- "Sleep To Dream (Bonus track on Japanese edition only)"