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Suede

Lyrics by Tori Amos

suede. you always felt like suede.
there are days I feel your twin.
peekaboo. hiding underneath your skin.
jets. are revving yes revving
from a central source and this.
has power over me. not because you feel
something or don't feel something
for me but because.
mass. so big. it can swallow swallow
her whole star intact.

call me 'evil' call me 'tide is on your side'
anything that you want.
anybody knows you can conjure anything
by the dark of the moon. boy.
and if you keep your silence
silencer on you'll talk yourself
right into a job. out of a hole. into my
bayou.

suede.

I'm sure that you've been briefed
my absorbtion lines. they are frayed
and I fear. my fear is greater than my faith
but I walk. the missionary way.
you always felt like suede.
there are days I am your twin. peekaboo.
hiding underneath your skin.
jets. are revving yes revving
from an ether twist.

call me 'evil' call me 'tide is on your side'
anything that you want.
anybody knows you can conjure anything
by the dark of the moon. boy.
and if you keep your silence
silencer on you'll talk yourself
right into a job. out of a hole. into my
bayou.

suede

oh little sister I hope you didn't feel that way
oh little sister I'm glad you came, and I said
oh little sister I hoped you wouldn't feel that way
oh little sister, oh again when I said
oh little sister I hope you didn't feel that way and
oh I'm still glad you came, I said
oh little sister I wished you didn't feel that way
and oh little girl I'd do the same
oh little sister I hoped you wouldn't feel that way
oh I said I wished
oh little sister you'll forgive me one day
you'll forgive me one day

suede.


Tori Quotes

There's this moment in "Suede" where [the narrator's] being called "evil" by this other person because of whatever she's done to them in their minds. But there's this side of obsession and passion where one party thinks the other party is doing something to them -- and sometimes people aren't always looking at their part in something. In "Suede," she knows what she's up to; she knows what she's been doing. [Alternative Press - September 1999]

You know, there's always galactic reference going on in this record. There's a scientific vocabulary going on in this record. "Suede" is about seduction, but there's always a science reference, a physics reference, because that's the realm of Venus. [All Music zine (www) - October 1999]

"Suede" is the danger of... not always the physical fornication of anything. It's the dangerous games that we play with mind control -- the power of seduction, and how so many people put their hands up and say, "I didn't do anything," because they didn't fornicate. [All Music zine (www) - October 1999]

Usually I have a bloodline going for a song, so there are certain marriages of words that happen. Sometimes I try and become the words, so I'll take on the properties and characteristics of a squeeze-box, say. Am I still a woman as a squeeze-box? Obviously. With something like "Suede," which is about seduction, I picture jets revving and I was walking round the studio with a physics encyclopedia. The guy character in the song thinks the girl character is really evil, yet he's there to be seduced. Sometimes people act quick to see my evil twin, but they don't detect their own. [Mojo - November 1999]


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



"Suede"
October 5, 2011 - Paris, France




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