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menju56
08-27-2011, 04:22 PM
I looked and I couldn't see one!

Does what it says on the tin. What are your top 10 favourite Joanna Newsom songs? I'm going to have to make it extra hard, I'm afraid, and ask you to rank them in preference order (as best you can.)

Also feel free to say why you've chosen said songs; I like reading stuff like that.

Go!

stillorbiting
08-27-2011, 04:25 PM
I started typing a list and realized about seven songs down that I'd already listed all five Ys songs. Maybe I need to give this more thought... or maybe that's the way it is! I shall ponder.

Nora
08-27-2011, 09:12 PM
By my iTunes's report of most played (because I'm not afraid of a cop-out):

1. Peach, Plum, Pear
2. You and Me, Bess
3. Sprout and the Bean
4. Have One on Me
5. '81
6. Soft as Chalk
7. Go Long
8. Easy
9. On a Good Day
10. In California

Nothing from Ys :( Overriding my iTunes in order to answer the real question, I'd still keep the top eight in there, and add Sawdust and Diamonds and Cosmia, with Colleen as an honorable mention.

Arranging the list by preference is impossible! I attempted, and failed, but I will offer Cosmia as my favorite-for-now. Preference right now is given to the songs I've most recently discovered. Each of these songs I've formed a deep fascination with (obviously I'm still at an inchoate stage with Ys), which makes it difficult to explain why they're on my list and impossible to rank. Each song is just so damn interesting, beautiful, and complicated in its own way.

Peter Z
08-27-2011, 09:25 PM
Oh gosh. Yeah.... no order exactly. The top 5 are constantly interchanging, so that doesn't help!

01/ Cosmia
02/ In California
03/ Baby Birch
04/ Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
05/ Go Long
06/ Peach Plum Pear
07/ 81
08/ Emily
09/ On a Good Day
10/ Colleen

just owls
08-27-2011, 10:00 PM
Eeek. Right now, and in no particular order since some of these change quite often:

Go Long
In California
Esme
Only Skin
Cosmia
Peach Plum Pear
"En Gallop"
Emily
Good Intentions Paving Company
Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie (Ys Street Band version)

Jessie
08-27-2011, 10:30 PM
1. Only Skin
2. Sawdust & Diamonds
3. Baby Birch
4. Colleen
5. Esme (Live)
6. In California
7. Go Long
8. "En Gallop"
9. On A Good Day
10. Cosmia

Other favorites:

Three Little Babes (traditional song)
Sadie
Emily
Monkey & Bear
Have One On Me
Kingfisher
81

stillorbiting
08-27-2011, 10:32 PM
Okay, here we go.

1. Only Skin
2. Cosmia
3. Emily
4. Baby Birch
5. Soft as Chalk
6. Monkey & Bear
7. Easy
8. In California
9. Bridges and Balloons
10. Does Not Suffice

Yuki
08-27-2011, 10:36 PM
In no particular order:

1. Only Skin
2. Sadie
3. Peach Plum Pear
4. Sawdust and Diamonds
5. Emily
6. In California
7. Go Long
8. 81
9. Autumn
10. Have One On Me

other pete
08-27-2011, 10:54 PM
1. Emily
2. Peach Plum Pear
3. Bridges and Balloons
4. Good Intentions Paving Co
5. Monkey and Bear
6. Only Skin
7. Jackrabbits
8. Inflammatory Writ
9. Sprout and the Bean
10. '81

menju56
08-27-2011, 11:08 PM
I'm liking seeing "En Gallop" on a couple of lists - an underrated one, I feel.

Hannah.
08-27-2011, 11:15 PM
1. Sawdust and Diamonds
2. Only Skin
3. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
4. Go Long
5. Kingfisher
6. Cosmia
7. Soft as Chalk
8. Emily
9. '81
10. No Provenance/Colleen (tie)

Whew. That was hard.

Buelis
08-27-2011, 11:21 PM
Yeah, in no order.

Bridges and Balloons
The Book of Right-On
Emily
Monkey & Bear
Sawdust & Diamonds
Only Skin
Cosmia
Have One On Me
Baby Birch
In California

menju56
08-27-2011, 11:24 PM
^ Book of Right-On - good one! That may well make my list too.

Corinthe
08-28-2011, 06:28 AM
Oh man..

What We Have Known
Emily
You and Me Bess
Only Skin
Sawdust and Diamonds
Sprout and the Bean
Colleen
Have One on Me
'81
Occident

PoorMatty
08-28-2011, 07:04 AM
1. Only Skin
2. Emily
3. Sawdust & Diamonds
4. Sadie
5. In California
6. Good Intentions Paving Company
7. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
8. Does Not Suffice
9. Have One On Me
10. Swansea

Am I really the only one who loves "Swansea" that much? I think it's easily one of her most beautiful melodies.

May H
08-28-2011, 08:09 AM
Emily
Monkey & Bear
Sawdust & Diamonds
Cosmia
Colleen
Have One On Me
Good Intentions Paving Company
Soft As Chalk
Kingfisher
In California

No MOM songs are in my list because I still can't get past her voice on that album. I'm sure I would love them otherwise, because the lyrics are beautiful. :(

okyanus
08-28-2011, 10:12 AM
In no order....

1. Only Skin
2. Go Long
3. In California
4. Sawdust and Diamonds
5. Sadie
6. Baby Birch
7. Cosmia
8. Monkey and Bear
9. Emily
10. Peach Plum Pear

This. Except with 'Easy' instead of 'Baby Birch.'

emptytuileries
08-28-2011, 05:37 PM
01. Baby Birch/In California
02. Go Long/Cosmia
03. Good Intentions Paving Company
04. Does Not Suffice
05. Monkey & Bear
06. Only Skin
07. Colleen
08. The Book of Right-On
09. Bridges and Balloons
10. Sprout and the Bean

ebby
08-29-2011, 12:54 AM
I love Swansea!

ditto. it is one of my favourites of her songs. I'm not sure I can do a top 10. That is hard!

Mr. Fox
08-29-2011, 01:35 AM
1. Sawdust & Diamonds
2. Only Skin
3. Sadie
4. Go Long
5. Baby Birch
6. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
7. Monkey & Bear
8. Emily
9. Peach, Plum, Pear
10. Soft as Chalk

menju56
08-29-2011, 04:53 PM
RANK CHECK TIME!

I collated all of the Top 10 lists and here is our current Definitive Unforumzed Joanna Newsom Top 10. (I will add subsequent rankers' to the list too.)

1= Only Skin
1= Emily
3= Sawdust and Diamonds
3= Cosmia
3= In California
6. Go Long
7= Peach Plum Pear
7= Monkey and Bear
9. Baby Birch
10= Have One On Me
10= '81

Joanna songs with no Top 10 votes so far
This Side of the Blue
Cassiopeia
Three Little Babes
Ribbon Bows
(plus the Yarn and Glue and Walnut Whales songs)

Pretty good, I think - everything else has made it into people's lists :)

menju56
08-29-2011, 05:32 PM
I think it's a great list too, and I was pleased to see a lot of variety in the lists.

For those interested in such matters, if we were doing a Joanna Top 20 the list would be completed by:

12= Soft as Chalk
12= Sadie
12= Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
12= Colleen
12= Good Intentions Paving Company
17= Sprout and the Bean
17= Easy
17= Bridges and Balloons

Buelis
08-30-2011, 07:18 AM
Damn, Ribbon Bows and Casseopeia are definitely top 20 material for me.

Andrew
02-06-2012, 07:56 PM
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folderol and
02-06-2012, 08:09 PM
01 peach, plum, pear
02 only skin
03 cassiopeia
04 sawdust & diamonds
05 in california
06 bridges and balloons
07 "en gallop"
08 what we have known
09 does not suffice
10 flying a kite

baroquepopfan
02-12-2012, 12:36 AM
1. Emily
It's her most 'complete' song, the one that encapsulates all that is good about her. Great tune, arrangement and packed full of quotable lines. It's full of passion.
Dumbstruck with the sweetness of being

2. Sawdust and Diamonds
The metronome plucking gives this song a real drama. Seeing it live is spellbinding.
I wasn't born of a whistle Or milked from a thistle at twilight

3. In California
The most Ys-like song from HOOM, the musical arrangement is superb. The language is simpler than on Ys (lyrics rather than poetry), but utterly effective and really conjures up the scene.
when you come and see me, in California, you cross the border of my heart

4. Sadie
Fan favourite from the early days. The metaphysical musings on the dog and bone is very affecting.
And this is not my tune, but it's mine to use

5. Only Skin
The one that takes a whole side of vinyl. And that incredible final part.
Rowing along, among the reeds, among the rushes
I heard your song, before my heart had time to hush it! (I love the way she rushes those last few words)

6. Sprout and the Bean
The meticulous harp arrangement made this her breakthrough hit.
I slept as though dead, dreaming seamless dreams of lead.

7. Baby Birch
Upon the release of HOOM it instantly took on the status of the live show encore song wit its dramatic final passage.
There is a blacksmith and there is a shepherd and there is a butcher-boy
And there is a barber who's cutting and cutting away at my only joy

8. Clam Crab Cockle Cowrie
A little gem of a song with many great lines.
There are some mornings when the sky looks like a road

9. Esme
I can imagine Joanna scratching down these lyrics before she's even left this garden party. Perhaps one day soon she'll be writing about her own family?
I believe love will always surround you, brave as a bear, with a heart rare and true.
But If you are scared, if you are blue,
I've prepared a small song for you

10th place is tied between too many favourite to mention.

arsonist samael
02-12-2012, 09:48 AM
In no particular order.....

Only Skin
Sawdust & Diamonds
Does Not Suffice
Soft As Chalk
Good Intentions Paving Company
Autumn
Peach Plumb Pear
En Gallop
Baby Birch
Go Long

The Seaward
02-29-2012, 03:24 AM
1. Sawdust & Diamonds
2. Inflammatory Writ
3. Does Not Suffice
4. Ribbon Bows
5. Colleen
6. Peach Plum Pear
7. Emily
8. Easy
9. Kingfisher
10. Only Skin

talkingtadpole
05-24-2012, 05:46 PM
1. Baby Birch
2. Cosmia
3. Peach Plum Pear (new band arrangement)
4. Emily
5. Go Long
6. Colleen
7. Sawdust and Diamonds
8. Inflammatory Writ
9. Sadie
10. In California

rubidoux
05-24-2012, 07:36 PM
This is incredibly hard! In chronological order:

Inflammatory Writ
Peach, Plum, Pear
Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie (probably my favourite Joanna song ever, especially the Ys Street Band version)
Emily
Sawdust & Diamonds
Only Skin
Cosmia
Good Intentions Paving Company
Baby Birch
Does Not Suffice

garnite
05-25-2012, 06:29 AM
[note]

adore
05-25-2012, 06:34 AM
1. baby birch
2. sawdust and diamonds
3. peach plum pear
4. in california
5. clam crab cockle cowrie (ys street band version)
6. on a good day
7. easy
8. sadie
9. cosmia
10. good intentions paving company

adore

Edu
06-27-2012, 01:17 AM
1. Only Skin
2. Easy
3. Sawdust & Diamonds
4. Emily
5. Go Long
6. In California
7. Kingfisher
8. Peach, Plum, Pear
9. Monkey & Bear
10. Sprout & The Bean

andrewb
06-30-2012, 07:31 PM
1. Sawdust and Diamonds
2. Baby Birch
3. Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
4. Go Long
5. En Gallop
6. Only Skin
7. Bridges and Balloons
8. Sadie
9. Flying a Kite
10. Colleen

andrewb
06-30-2012, 09:31 PM
Here's who you are the most similar to:

adore -> andrewb
Andrew -> emptytuileries
andrewb -> Mr_Fox
arsonist_samael -> PoorMatty
baroquepopfan -> PoorMatty
Buelis -> other_pele
Corinthe -> PoorMatty
Edu -> okyanus
emptytuileries -> just_owls
folderal_and -> Yuki
garnite -> rubidoux
Hannah -> Mr_Fox
Jessie -> Kari
just_owls -> Kari
Kari -> okyanus
May_H -> Buelis
Mr_Fox -> Kari
Nora -> garnite
okyanus -> Kari
other_pele -> Buelis
Peter_Z -> talkingtadpole
PoorMatty -> baroquepopfan
rubidoux -> garnite
stillorbiting -> talkingtadpole
talkingtadpole -> Peter_Z
The_Seaward -> rubidoux
Yuki -> PoorMatty

Andrew
10-18-2012, 07:09 PM
1. Monkey & Bear
2. Autumn
3. Colleen
4. Swansea
5. Only Skin
6. In California
7. Have One on Me
8. Kingfisher
9. Instrumental 1999
10. Look & Despair

thisnotget
02-11-2016, 08:18 PM
in no particular order

emily
the book of right-on
only skin
soft as chalk
sapokanikan
a pin-light, bent
have one on me
'81
baby birch
sawdust and diamonds

okyanus
02-12-2016, 10:27 AM
ugh, I had to leave out a ton:

Emily
Monkey & Bear
Sawdust and Diamonds
Only Skin
Cosmia (w/ Ys Street Band)
Anecdotes
Go Long
Easy
Sprout and the Bean
Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie (w/ Ys Street Band)

Nora
02-12-2016, 09:36 PM
Yeah I'm not sure this is an answerable question ;l

In no order, though:

Sapokanikan
Leaving the City
Have One on Me
You and Me, Bess
Jackrabbits
Go Long
Colleen
Peach, Plum, Pear
Sawdust & Diamonds
Only Skin

nathan zephyrus
02-13-2016, 12:39 AM
In sort of order
Crab Clam Cockle Cowrie
Good Intentions Paving Co.
Sapokanikan
Only Skin
Monkey & Bear
Go Long
Goose Eggs
Time as a Symptom
Baby Birch
Emily

her every cry
02-18-2016, 08:17 PM
Made Easier by the JN Song Ranker Milky Mooner madpawn created (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6upsq24o5cvovak/joanna%20sorter.html?dl=0)

Time, As a Symptom
Only Skin
Cosmia
Waltz of the 101st Lightborne
Anecdotes
Sadie
Peach, Plum, Pear
Go Long
Good Intentions Paving Company
No Provenance

nathan zephyrus
02-19-2016, 12:56 PM
JN Song Ranker Milky Mooner madpawn created (https://www.dropbox.com/s/6upsq24o5cvovak/joanna%20sorter.html?dl=0)

am I exceptionally tired, or did that just provide 5 mins of ridiculously nerdy joy?!

Not too different from what I originally put down

Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
Only Skin
Good Intentions Paving Company
Monkey and Bear
Baby Birch
Sapokanikan
Goose Eggs
Anecdotes
Emily
Have One on Me
Go Long

ebby
02-24-2016, 07:46 PM
That was nerdy joy!

I kinda agree with the top ten, but I'd be good with any of the top 20 being the top 10 really I guess:

Rank Game
1 Only Skin
2 Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
3 Sawdust & Diamonds
4 '81
5 Leaving the City
6 In California
7 Good Intentions Paving Company
8 On a Good Day
9 Baby Birch
10 Jackrabbits

Ryan
02-25-2016, 06:43 AM
Hahaha, that sorter put all my least favorites at the very bottom so it got that right:


Three Little Babes
No Provenance
Occident
Inflammatory Writ

But how Three Little Babes managed not to be at the very bottom by, like, a zillion points is beyond me.

According to the sorter, this is my top 10. It's pretty good but for the life of me I can't see how Same Old Man ended up where it is. Sadie, Kingfisher, and Colleen were all tied in 11th place and I feel they should have been somewhere around Same Old Man.


Only Skin
Cosmia
Monkey and Bear
Sawdust & Diamonds
Go Long
Divers
Same Old Man
Time, As a Symptom
Have One on Me
A Pin-Light Bent

thisnotget
02-27-2016, 03:39 AM
using the rank game:

have one on me
'81
no provenance
time, as a symptom
only skin
good intentions paving company
divers
sawdust & diamonds
easy
sapokanikan

Peeping Tommi
03-05-2016, 07:45 PM
01. Time, As A Symptom
02. '81
03. Cosmia
04. In California
05. Sapokanikan
06. Good Intentions Paving Co.
07. Only Skin
08. Easy
09. Emily
10. Soft As Chalk