Sprout and the Bean

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"Sprout and the Bean"
Single by Joanna Newsom
from the album The Milk-Eyed Mender
Released November 2, 2004
Format Compact Disc
Recorded 2003–2004
Genre Indie folk
Length 10:50
Label Drag City
Producer(s) Noah Georgeson
Joanna Newsom singles chronology
"Sprout and the Bean"
"What We Have Known"

"Sprout and the Bean" is a single by Joanna Newsom. The A-side is from her album The Milk-Eyed Mender, while the B-side, "What We Have Known", is a re-recording of the track originally appearing on the self-released Yarn and Glue EP. The CD also contains the video for "Sprout and the Bean" which was directed by Terri Timely. The song has been used in commercials and films such as The Strangers, as well as a tourism advert for Melbourne, Australia. The harp intro was also used in a Victoria's Secret ad.

In 2009, Pitchfork Media named "Sprout & The Bean" the 229th best song of the 2000s.[1]

Track listing

  1. "Sprout and the Bean" – 4:42
  2. "What We Have Known" – 6:08

What We Have Known was later released as a 12" Single on July 19, 2011.


  1. "Staff Lists: The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 200-101". Pitchfork. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2010-02-25.