The Apple Stretching

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"The Apple Stretching"
Single by Grace Jones
from the album Living My Life
B-side"Nipple to the Bottle"
ReleasedOctober 1982
  • 7"
  • 12"
RecordedJune 1982
Songwriter(s)Melvin Van Peebles
Grace Jones singles chronology
"Nipple to the Bottle"
"The Apple Stretching"
"My Jamaican Guy"

"The Apple Stretching" is a song by American recording artist Grace Jones, released as a single in 1982.


"The Apple Stretching" was written by Melvin Van Peebles for his 1982 play Waltz of the Stork.[1] The song describes New York City in the early morning. It was included on Jones' sixth album Living My Life and later released as a double A-side single with "Nipple to the Bottle", written by Jones and Sly Dunbar, which also got a separate single release. The original 7-minute song's single edit was just the album version, faded out at 3:33. "The Apple Stretching" was simultaneously released in a 12" version, clocking in at 8:40. It included an omitted (on the album) second verse of the song, where Grace sings together with a bass guitar only along with funky percussion. This version remains unreleased on CD. The song has been described as "the best record ever about New York."[2] Van Peebles said of being able to do the song, "I couldn't have done [that track before], because people weren't used to [paying attention to] music and words simultaneously}.[3]

Track listing[edit]

  • 7" single
A. "The Apple Stretching" – 3:33
B. "Nipple to the Bottle" – 4:22
  • 12" single
A. "The Apple Stretching" – 8:40
B. "Nipple to the Bottle" – 6:59

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1982) Peak
United Kingdom[4] 50


  1. ^ Bessman, Jim (March 4, 1995). "Capitol's Melvin Van Peebles Issues 1st Album in 20 Years". Billboard. 107 (9): 86. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ Paul Flynn. "Grace Jones The Apple Stretching The best record ever about New York..." Archived from the original on 2012-10-29. Retrieved 2012-05-24.
  3. ^ Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 1995-03-04.
  4. ^ "GRACE JONES". Retrieved 2011-02-07.