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Don't Make Me Come to Vegas

Lyrics by Tori Amos

don't make me come to Vegas
don't make me pull you
out of his bed
I am vigilant
that it will not be you
on the menu he's serving
up for his friends

don't make me come to Vegas
don't make me pull him
out of your head
Athena will attest
that it could be done
and it has been done
and I think that I am up to it

and the Jacaranda tree
she's telling me of
the trouble you're in
just by the way
She bends
remember dancing
and wondering
as you were swaying
what kind of woman you'd be
"what will be will be"
over my dead body

slip through your hand again and again
slip through your hand again and again


my old flame was a jester
and a joker
and as dealer of men,
they called him the prince
Prince of Black Jacks
and of women
and of anything
that's slipped into his hands
"and the Ranches and the mustangs"
and the way you said
"You can have all this,
except for me--you see
Lady Luck is my mistress
and you'll have to play
second to her wish"

and the Jacaranda tree
is telling me
it's not over yet,
just by the way She bends
"if you come breezin' through"
you said "I'll know that it's you
by the taste on my lips,
Bet on the desert's kiss"
I could slip through your net
"over my dead body"

slip through your hand again and again
slip through your hand again and again

don't make me come to Vegas
don't make me come to Vegas
don't make me come to Vegas





Tori Quotes

In a further dream, she hears the cry of her niece, who is living in Las Vegas, 18 and in trouble.

The problem is that if Scarlet has to go to help her, she's going to need to confront her own past. The Prince of Black Jacks, who runs the town, is an old flame. If she goes, she's going to need his help. But she knows there's going to be a price to pay -- hence her cry, "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas." [Scarlet's Walk bio]

I don't know if any of you all have nieces, but um, Scarlet has a niece that just has pulled in this loser creature. And so, here she is, dealing with, "oh great," and gets this phone call from um, niecy-poo's mom. And we don't get into, you know, too much, but um, of Scarlet's family and anything else, it's all a bit ambiguous. But you know that there's something happening with this beloved niece. And she's uh, you know, I guess you could say being defecated on by this sort of voyeur... person. So, it's one of those moments where, even if you have a resolve to not go to a place and do something, there's something that pulls at you, especially when you remember somebody as a little girl. Oh, you just cannot let them become moldy cream cheese for somebody. It's just, you get an extra sort of ounce of fire. So that's sort of where she is, it's a little moment of being a vigilante, I guess. [Scarlet Stories]


"Don't Make Me Come to Vegas"
May 26, 2014 - Rotterdam, Netherlands




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