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Josephine

Lyrics by Tori Amos

not tonight Josephine
in an army's strength therein
lies the denouement. From here
you're haunting me. By the Seine
so beautiful, only not to be of use -
impossible.

So strange, victory - 1200 spires,
the only sound, Moscow burning.
Empty like the Tuileries. Like a dream
Vienna seems, only not to be of use -
impossible.

In the last extremity - to advance
or not to advance - I hear
you laughing

even still you're calling me
not tonight, not tonight

not tonight

Josephine


Tori Quotes

What does the phrase "in an army's strength therein lies the denouement" mean to you?

"When you think your army is so strong that you invade Russia and lose it all, so... your end becomes lost. Although you have the strongest army in the world, you lose. And you lose because of the narcissism that's of the moment, the ego. Not seeing your humanity, not seeing that if you're not really focused and playing out possibilities and probabilities then you make very destructive decisions. When you think you're invincible, fireproof, however you want to say that; then you get careless. Even though you have the strongest army in the world, when you're careless, you can destroy everything." [PopMatters - May 12, 2014]


"Josephine"
October 13, 1999 - Montreal, Canada
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