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Jamaica Inn

Lyrics by Tori Amos

Can you patch my jeans Peggy Ann?
just a little stitch to mend the hole
he has torn
if you can

maybe I got too set in my ways
he says she reminds him of me
when we first met
in those early days...

the sexiest thing is trust
I wake up to find
the pirates have come,
tying up along your coast.
how was I to know
the pirates have come?
Between Rebecca’s
beneath your firmaments
I have worshipped
in the Jamaica Inn.
in the Jamaica Inn.

With the gales
my little boat was tossed.
how was I to know
that you’d send her
with a lantern
to bring me in?

"Are you positive this is a friend?"
the captain grimaced.
"Those are cliffs of rock ahead
if I’m not mistaken."

the sexiest thing is trust
I wake up to find
the pirates have come,
tying up along your coast.
how was I to know
the pirates have come?
Between Rebecca’s
beneath your firmaments
I have worshipped
in the Jamaica Inn.
in the Jamaica Inn.


Tori Quotes

There's a song, "Jamaica Inn," that I wrote as I was driving along the cliffs in Cornwall on a "beautiful" English day. And all of a sudden the gales started to come in. My mind started to wander and I pulled over on a cliff. I started to think about the story that I'd been told by some of the locals. When a ship would run a ground the wreckers would come in and take everything. I started to think about this story that was taking over my car in that moment. Jamaica Inn walked into my Saab and she said, "You might not like my story because I'm not gonna tell you how it ends yet. You need to travel it with me and we're going to have to explore your deepest fears." What always stops me is betrayal. And what scares me is if I betray someone. [toriamos.com - February 8, 2005]

I love that idea that you experience music through your senses. You experience it through the music itself and you experience a feeling and a meaning. . . . I enjoy that about songwriting. What I think, though, is one of my favorite things is if somebody wants to connect the dots, they do exist for people that like a good caper. If you like cross-referencing, which I sort of love to do, then it exists.

But if you don't enjoy doing that, the songs can work on a purely emotional level, with just relationships. I enjoy that also. "Jamaica Inn" can be about a guy and a girl. And if you don't know anything about Daphne du Maurier's (novel) Jamaica Inn, if you don't know anything about the wreckers that existed in north Cornwall and the history, you can still experience the song itself as a man and a woman falling out. I like to write on both levels. [St. Petersburg Times - March 31, 2005]


"Jamaica Inn"
October 5, 2012 - New York, New York
live at Le Poisson Rouge on NPR



"Jamaica Inn"
April 28, 2014 - New York, New York
live in Studio A on WFUV




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