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Spark

Lyrics by Tori Amos

she's addicted to nicotine patches
she's addicted to nicotine patches
she's afraid of the light in the dark
6.58 are you sure where my spark is
here, here, here

she's convinced she could hold back a glacier
between cotton balls and xylophones
but she couldn't keep Baby alive
I'm getting old
doubting if there's a woman in there somewhere
here, here, here
you say you don't want it again
and again but you don't really mean it
you say you don't want it
this circus we're in
but you don't you don't really mean it you don't really mean it

if the Divine master plan is perfection
swing low
maybe next I'll give Judas a try
swing low, sweet chariot
trusting my soul to the ice cream assassin
here, here, here
you say you don't want it again
and again but you don't really mean it
you say you don't want it
this circus we're in
but you don't you don't really mean it you don't really mean it

how many fates turn around in the overtime
ballerinas that have fins that you'll never find
you thought that you were the bomb yeah well so did I
say you don't want it
say you don't want it
say you don't want it again
and again but you don't really mean it
say you don't want it
this circus we're in
but you don't you don't really mean it you don't really mean it

she's addicted to nicotine patches
she's afraid of the light in the dark
6.58 are you sure where my spark is
here, here, here


improvised intro
September 14, 2005


She haunts me still
up there
She lives beyond the moon
She still sings to me
"I have found another home"
and I reach up to the sky
I reach up and say, "I tried
oh, God knows I tried"
I reach up to where you are
If you're happy now
that's all that matters
Have you found your spark?
Have you found your spark?


Tori Quotes

"Spark" is about when I miscarried, in 1996. I was three months pregnant and very excited. All of a sudden I woke up one morning and started to feel bad. The songs started coming soon after. I was really angry at God. Going into a shopping mall and seeing some woman knock the head off her child, I'm going -- "So this is fair?" I don't know where the spirit went, whether she picked another mummy, like, OK, choose her, then! Hope you're tone deaf! [Deluxe - May 1998]

There's a lot of symbolism in it, there are moments when I turn around and I say something like, "she's convinced she could hold back a glacier/but she couldn't keep baby alive." Really clear. There are moments when it gets really clear and it goes back into symbolism again -- "ballerinas that have fins that you'll never find." Which makes a lot of sense to me, because it's obviously a mermaid reference, but it's more than that. Maybe you'll be a mother and you'll never have that physical experience -- like you'll never have the experience of being a mermaid. But even though you might not be a physical mother, it doesn't mean you can't have that kind of maternal love. [Rolling Stone Online - August 8, 1998]

Q: One last question. Who is the ice cream assassin?
Tori: Who do you think that is?
Q: I have no idea
Tori: Well, people have been praying to him for a very long time and more wars have been fought in his name. The big guy. Think about it. [Rolling Stone Online - August 8, 1998]


"Spark"
April 10, 1998 - Late Night with David Letterman



"Spark"
May 11, 1998 - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno



"Spark"
May 22, 1998 - Later... with Jools Holland




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