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General Joy

Lyrics by Tori Amos

General Joy I know I know
you'll take me there -
where your boys were left behind

General Joy it seems you need
a soldier girl-
now 'they' have Liberty gagged

by boat by tram by motorbus
could it be the fates are protecting us
from the Hawks that have stolen the bird from the sky

and I know
you will always love Sorrow
is that why
you gave her dress
to Happiness?
'cause it matches her eyes
when she cries

General Joy it seems
you don't love your Bride
that doesn't mean you're a bad guy
generally you're friends
but she is not the love of your life

to dye to perm to change your hair or your wife
the possibilities are there
and it's time for you to decide

and I know
you will always love Sorrow
is that why
you gave her dress
to Happiness?
'cause it matches her eyes
when she cries

General Joy I know I know
you'll take me there-
but you'll need strength
from within
General Joy it seems you need
a soldier girl-
and a willing coalition

by boat by tram by motorbus
could it be the Hawks are protecting us
from the Men who have now assumed their name

and I know
you will always love Sorrow
is that why
you gave her dress
to Happiness?
'cause it matches her eyes
when she cries
'cause it matches her eyes
when she cries BR>


improvs

In 2001, Tori performed a lullaby for her daughter, Natashya, on Radio 3 in Poland. The lullaby had lyrics that are similar to some in General Joy, which was recorded 3 years later. [download]

transcript:

It was on my way to Santiago
when I ran into a dark beauty
she said, I heard the news all about your friend
but it's your turn now to spend some time with me and
Sorrow has the sweetest little laugh and
Sorrow is a pretty good friend to have, she said
take off my blue dress and give it to Happiness
it matches the color of her eyes at midnight
said, it matches the color of her eyes
it matches the color of her eyes
at midnight


"General Joy"
May 18, 2005 - Melbourne, Australia




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