2003 was a good year for Norah Jones. In addition to her debut album Come Away With Me topping the Billboard 200 chart, she took home eight Grammy Awards (including best new artist, album, song and record of the year). But perhaps the Recording Academy should have spread the wealth.
In an interview with Katie Couric, Jones revealed that while she was appreciative, she “felt really bad” and “guilty” about dominating the awards that year. “I felt like I went to somebody else’s birthday party and I ate all their cake. Without anybody else getting a piece.” And on her career as a whole: “I feel like I’ve had my cake and I’ve eaten it and it tasted great. And I don’t need another piece.”
But enough about cake. We revisited 5 of our favorite songs from the little album that could.
1. “Feelin’ the Same Way”?
“Another day that I can’t find my head.”
Is this because we are head over heels in love (again)? While some claim the song is about depression, there’s an unmistakable glimmer of hope and optimism mixed into every note. “Maybe we’ll find it (the one we’re looking for) in the end.”
2. “The Nearness of You”
“When you’re in my arms and I feel you so close to me all my wildest dreams came true.”
There’s something so delicate and uncomplicated about Jones’ voice and the way the piano notes gently travel alongside her every word. It’s about holding your beloved close, and as the song comes to an end, a kiss.
3. “Cold Cold Heart”
“Another love before my time made your heart sad an’ blue.”
4. “Come Away With Me”
“Come away with me and I’ll never stop loving you.”
Picture yourself on a beach, watching the waves gently crash onto the sand underneath your toes. Or lying in a meadow filled with wild flowers watching the clouds slowly move across the sky. Or, according to the video, in a car on the open road somewhere in the California desert. The wind gently tousles your hair as tumbleweeds rolls by. You pull over to give that handsome stranger on the side of the road a ride. But in our daydream, speeding tickets don’t exist.
5. “Don’t Know Why”
“My heart is drenched in wine, but you’ll be on my mind forever.”
We don’t know why the song only peaked at No. 30 on the Hot 100 and was the only single from the album to reach the top 40. The single itself was responsible for three of Jones’ eight Grammy Awards (including best female pop vocal performance).
Also, get your mind outta the gutter. Jones said she’s never thought about the song having a “double [dirty] meaning,” but she’s fine with people interpreting it any way they want.