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Pancake

Lyrics by Tori Amos

I'm not sure who's fooling who here
as I'm watching your decay
We both know you could deflate
a 7 hurricane

Seems like you and your tribe
decided you'd rewrite the law
Segregate the mind
From Body, from Soul

You give me yours
I'll give you mine
cause I can look your God
right in the eye
You give me yours
I'll give you mine
You used to look my God
right in the eye

I believe in defending
in what we once
stood for
It seems in vogue
to be a closet
misogynist homophobe
a change of course in
Our direction
a dash of truth
spread thinly
Like a flag
On a popstar
On a Benzodiazapene

You give me yours
I'll give you mine
cause I can look your God
right in the eye
You give me yours
I'll give you mine
You used to look my God
right in the eye

Oh Zion please
remove your glove
and dispel every
trace
of His spoken word
That has lodged
In my vortex

I'm not sure who's fooling who here
as I'm watching our decay
We both know you could deflate
a 7 hurricane

You could have spared
her - oh but no
Messiahs need
people dying in their
Name

You could have spared
her - oh but no
Messiahs need
people dying in their
Name

You say "I ordered you a
pancake"
You say "I ordered you a
pancake"





Tori Quotes

"Pancake" finds Scarlet heading into Delaware and towards the north-eastern seats of learning and power. There she meets a Messiah figure, but swiftly becomes disillusioned. If her Latino revolutionary was all action, this Messiah is all talk.

He doesn't uphold the values which he preaches. He's deaf to the real needs of the people and is becoming drunk on the kind of power which he once denounced. [Scarlet's Walk bio]

She picks herself up from division ["Your Cloud"] and she moves on into Deleware and then on up through New Jersey, and she's following a different sort of questioning now, with "Pancake," and it's about power. She's on the East Coast. She's going through arguments in her head. She's reading as much as she can, and she's taking in information. She's going and listening to people speak. She's very much where the "learning centers" -- quote, unquote -- are. And she's um, drawn to hearing how people see the world. There's someone in this who... has a lot of power. And she's drawn to this person who speaks, and who's able to rally people. But he doesn't seem to really walk it. And there're other people, then, that she begins to look at more closely. Whether they're leaders or whether they're... people she knows. People who say one thing and yet, it just doesn't feel right, and there's so much at stake. She believes, at a certain point, America's soul is at stake. The moral compass has been manipulated, and that's what she's discovering. [Scarlet Stories]

Originally, "Seaside" was on Scarlet's Walk. However, as I started tying the story together musically, geographically, and of course, the element of the narrative itself, I came upon a sticky wicket as a writer... It became crystal clear that "Seaside" had to have occurred within the sonic structural realms of "Pancake." Almost as if "Seaside" is the moon to "Pancake"'s Mars. Therefore "Pancake" and "Seaside" are obviously a tension of the opposites. Each polarity is giving Scarlet an understanding of what's really at play here at this time. Both songs are giving her a clue... [Miss Scarlet with the Candlestick in the Library]. [Seaside preface on Scarlet's Web - 2002]


Live Versions

"Pancake"
October 2, 2002 - Paris, France
Music Planet 2Night
broadcast November 26, 2002



"Pancake" / "Ohio" (Neil Young)
April 25, 2003 - San Antonio, Texas



"Pancake"
June 15, 2007 - Seinajoki, Finland
Provinssirock Festival



"Pancake" / "Ohio" (Neil Young)
May 15, 2014 - London, England



"Pancake" / "Ohio" (Neil Young)
September 29, 2017 - Berlin, Germany




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