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I can't see New York

Lyrics by Tori Amos

From here
no Lines are drawn
From here
no lands are owned
13,000 and Holding
swallowed in the purring
of her Engines
tracking the Beacon here
"is there a Signal
there on the other side"
on the other side?
what do you mean
the side of what things?

and you said
and you did
and you said
you would find me here
and you said
and you would find me
even in Death
and you said
and you said
You'd find me

But I can't see New York
as I'm circling down
through white cloud
falling out and I know
his lips are warm
but I can't seem to find
my way out
my way out

I can't see New York
as I'm circling down
through white cloud
falling out and I know
his lips are warm
but I can't seem to find
my way out
my way out
of this Hunting ground

From here
crystal meth
In metres of millions
In the end all we have,
soul blueprint.
and did we get lost in it
do we conduct a search for this
"from the other side"
from the other side?
what do they mean
side of what things...

and you said
and you did
and you said
you would find me here
and you said
that you would find me
even in Death
and you said
and you said
You'd find me

But I can't see New York
as I'm circling down
through white cloud
falling out and I know
his lips are warm
but I can't seem to find
my way out
my way out

I can't see New York
cause I'm circling down
through white cloud
and I'm falling out and
I know your lips are warm
but I can't seem to find
my way out
my way out
of your Hunting ground

you again
It's you again
I can't see
I can't see New York
I can't see
I can't see New York
from the other side
I Hum from the other side





Tori Quotes

From Boston, the story switches to New York, where Scarlet witnesses a plane crash in mid-air. Tori was in the city on September 11 and "I Can't See New York" is a story with obvious echoes of that fateful day.

When they watched it on TV, people had to remind themselves that it wasn't a movie. Being there and being able to smell it, you knew that it was reality. [Scarlet's Walk bio]

She thinks she's got it all figured out, and then she goes to Boston airport, and that is when the thread leaves her and follows another woman on a different plane. And Scarlet takes a little plane, and she gets into New York, and she gets into New York City, where she sees this plane that this other woman is on, that the thread followed and tied itself to. She sees this plane uh, crash, above New York City. And the thread comes back to her while she's on the ground, and then the panic and the chaos that happens. She's able to see and hear what this woman went through before she died. So she takes that thread with her. And she doesn't want to leave New York, I think it's almost like um... feeling a friend that's wounded, not wanting to leave their side. At a certain point, though, she goes. It's time for her to go. [Scarlet Stories]


"I can't see New York"
April 25, 2003 - San Antonio, Texas



"I can't see New York"
October 28, 2011 - Antwerp, Belgium



"I can't see New York"
November 7, 2017 - New York, New York




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