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Wednesday

Lyrics by Tori Amos

Nothing here to fear
I'm just sitting around
being foolish when
there is work to be done
Just a hang-up call
and the quiet breathing
of our Persian we call
Cajun on a Wednesday

so we go from year to year
with secrets we've been keeping
Though you say you're not a Templar man

Seems as if we're circling
for very different reasons
But one day the Eagle has to land

Out past the fountain
a left by the station
I start the day in the usual way
Then think -- well why not --
and stop for a coffee
then begin to recall
things that you say

No one's at the door
You suggest a ghost
perhaps a phantom
I agree with this in part
Something is with us
I can't put my finger on --
is Thumbelina size 10
on a Wednesday --

so we go from year to year
with secrets we've been keeping
Though you say you're not a Templar man

you tell me to cheer up
you suspect we're oddly even
Even still the Eagle has to land

Out past the fountain
a left by the station
I start the day in the usual way
Then think -- well why not --
and stop for a coffee
then begin to recall
things that you say

Pluck up the courage
and snap
It's gone again
I start humming "When Doves Cry"
Can someone help me
I think that I'm Lost here
Lost in a place called America





Tori Quotes

"Wednesday" is a mixture of many things, mainly because she's at a place now where, she realizes that love is a bit complicated and... it's not just about a fantasy that you have of somebody. And so "Wednesday" is kind of involved and complicated because it's not a cut and dry sort of idea. It's not, "I don't like this person." It's not that simple. I think you might be really um, very taken with somebody and they might be very much in your life, but there are things that they do that are quite disrespectful or cross a line in a way that is um... very passive-aggressive, so you can't really talk about it. Manipulation makes her cry, especially when it's with people that you supposedly are close with. You see, covert activity you would think happens with the outside forces, not the inner circle, and "Wednesday" is very messy. It seems like a happy little song, but it's um... it's, as I said before, things aren't cut and dry. [Scarlet Stories]

Scarlet moves on to take other lovers. In "Wednesday" she's in a relationship with a man who harbours secrets.

The trust is gone and she doesn't know whether she is imaging that he's up to something or whether he really is. She's becoming something she never wanted to become -- possessive and suspicious.

But on another level, Scarlet's love-affair is with America.

Is the land of the free really so free? People have put their trust in the ideal of America. But whether it's the broken treaties with the Native American people or the recent stock market crash, greed has taken over. [Scarlet's Walk bio]


"Wednesday"
May 2, 2003 - Chicago, Illinois - Soundstage



"Wednesday"
November 6, 2015 - Basel, Switzerland




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