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Sweet the Sting

Lyrics by Tori Amos

with a strut into the room
with his hat cocked sure defiantly
he said "I. I have heard.
that you can play the way I like it to be played."
I said, I can play. anyway that you want.
But first I want. I want to know

Baby is it Sweet Sweet
Sweet the Sting
is it real this infusion-
can it heal where others before have failed?
If so then somebody
Shake Shake Shake
me sane
'cause I am inching ever closer
to the tip of this scorpion's tail.

He said "I laid my weapons
down with my pistol
fully loaded, a hunted man
to my root, will it end
or begin in your cinnabar juice?"

is it Sweet Sweet
Sweet your Sting
is it real your infusion
can it heal where others before have failed?
If so then somebody
Shake Shake Shake
me sane
'cause I am inching ever closer
to the tip of this scorpion's tail.

Love let me breathe
breathe you in
melt the confusion
until there is
there is you - union

Baby is it Sweet Sweet
Sweet your sting
is it real your infusion
can it heal where others before have failed?
If so then somebody
Shake Shake Shake
me sane
'cause I am inching ever closer
to the tip of this scorpion's tail.

Baby is it sweet, now now
Baby is it sweet, boy
Baby is it sweet


Tori Quotes

This can be a place of being able to confront something that's out of balance. And it's an ancient practice that the bee shamans have been working with for thousands of years. They work with a tradition that forces you to look at those places that may need to be stung. And in order for you or for I to gain the sweetness... wisdom does not come without the sting. [toriamos.com - January 31, 2005]

Yesterday I spent hours on "Sweet the Sting"; from playing the piano riff over and over to listening to it on my crap tape recorder, to masking changes and incorporating them. The story started evolving soon after the B3 Hammond organ, whom I have named "Big Momma," was delivered. Everytime I entered the room in the morning to begin my practice time, Big Momma would be humming. Yes, of course her power had been left on, but I'm talking about the kind of humming you detect in a girlfriend after she's had a romantic evening. Turns out Big Momma has a boyfriend. Another organ, specifically another B3 organ. This romance led me to the story of two B3 players, one female, the other male, whose erotic dance revolves around each impressing the other by how well they play their own organ. [Tori Amos: Piece by Piece]


"Sweet the Sting"
September 12, 2005 - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno




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