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Concertina

Lyrics by Tori Amos

clouds descending
I'm not policing what you think and dream
I run into your thought from across the room
just another trick can I weather this
I've got a fever above my waist
you got a squeezebox on your knee
I know the truth is in between
the 1st and 40th drink

concertina, concertina
a chill that bends
this I swear you're the fiercest
calm I've been in
concertina, concertina try infrared
this I swear you're the fiercest
calm I've been in

the soul-quake happened here
in a glass world
particle by particle
she slowly changes
she likes hanging chinese paper cuts
just another fix can I weather this
I got my fuzz all tipped to play
I got a dub on your landscape
then there's your policy of trancing
the sauce without the blame

concertina, concertina
a chill that bends
this I swear you're the fiercest
calm I've been in
concertina, concertina try infrared
this I swear you're the fiercest
calm I've been in

too far, too far, too far
it could all get way too cheerful, now
I've got a fever above my waist
you got a squeezebox on your knee
I know the truth is in between
the 1st and 40th drink

concertina, concertina
a chill that bends
this I swear you're the fiercest
calm I've been in
concertina, concertina try infrared
this I swear you're the fiercest
calm I've been in

cloud descending


Tori Quotes

"Concertina"... It's like a squeezebox. [WHFS, Washington D.C (radio) - August 25, 1999]

Do you ever feel like you walk in a room, and you don't know why, but you're just so uncomfortable you're crawling out of your skin, even though nobody's touched you, physically? That's in "Concertina," when you feel like you haven't excavated enough of your different personalities that when one pops up, you're not sure where it came from, and you try to hack it out of yourself. It shocks you that you could have this kind of fault, or that other people could bring it out in you. [Alternative Press - September 1999]

You always have to be listening to the song itself and to the soul of the song. Because sometimes there were different directions I could have taken the songs into and it's not where the song itself wanted to go. It's funny, during "Concertina," the band all looked at me and said, "Oh, just do it like you played it this morning on the piano." But I cut it to a loopy click track and said, "Get in there and pick up your instruments and we'll find it." I wanted those electronic drums that Matt was playing with because particle by particle, she slowly changes, and I wanted the sense of the acoustic piano with the electronic drums. That also re-occurs in "Lust." So there was this dichotomy going on and I'm really drawn to that. [Time-Off - November 24, 1999]


"Concertina"
October 26, 1999 - Later... with Jools Holland
broadcast October 30, 1999




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