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Seaside

Lyrics by Tori Amos

Heard from the TV
of the latest bombing
the girls were dancing
she was coming of age
Shells fired out
flowers mowed down
innocence targeted
whose god is this?
Wished that she had one more day

There at the seaside
fifth of December
we chased the tide
as her treasures were gathered
I had to laugh
as she gave sand a bath

jangle jangle jingle jangle
jangle and circle again

Heard from the TV
of the latest bombing
the girls were dancing
she was coming of age
Shells fired out
flowers mowed down
innocence targeted
what god is this?
Wished that she had one more day

There at the seaside
fifth of December
we chased the tide
as her treasures were gathered
I had to laugh
as she gave sand a bath

jangle jangle jingle jangle
jangle and circle again
jangle jangle jingle jangle
jangle and circle again

jangle jangle jingle jangle
jangle and circle again
jangle jangle jingle jangle
jangle and circle and end

She was coming of age


Tori Quotes

"It's a big country.... and there are more songs, different roads off the path and that will be on Scarlet's Web. On Scarlet's Web now, 'Tombigbee' is up, and that takes place in Mississippi, Alabama territory. Then we've got 'Seaside' that happens over on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard." [In News Weekly - November 20, 2002]

"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]

"So, I got a letter awhile ago. It was a couple years ago. And I got it backstage, and it was from a 13-year-old girl. And she said, 'In all the bombings I lost my best friend.' And she was 13, too. And this came from the Middle East. And I carry that letter around. And this little song came, and she was gonna be on Scarlet's Walk, but she's here tonight instead." [Tower Records - December 2, 2003]


"Seaside"
August 25, 2003 - San Antonio, Texas




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