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Curtain Call

Lyrics by Tori Amos

ebony beauty
pass this shade
the looking glass relects
then a voice calls me back,
"this is just circumstance it is not
personal," oh no it never is.
then you ram your hand in your bag
for a little friendly substance

By the time you're 25
they will say, "you've gone and blown it."
By the time you're 35, I must confide,
you will have blown them all
Right on cue just act surprised
when they invite you to take
your curtain call
you climbed China's wall
your
curtain call

I have done what I've done
and it has the ultimate consequence
then a voice calls me back,
"this is not business, no,
its more like spiritual"
is that what it is
Then you ram your hand in your bag
for a little protection

By the time you're 25
they will say, "you've gona and blown it."
By the time you're 35, I must confide,
you will have blown them all
Right on cue just act surprised
when they invite you to take
your curtain call
you climbed China's wall
your curtain call

ebony beauty
pass this shade
the looking glass reflects


Tori Quotes

When you're first making records, you haven't tasted the tip of the devil's wand. But on your tenth album you've done more than taste it. You've enjoyed it, and you've gotten ill from it. And I think the song "Curtain Call" covers that. Sometimes you don't realize that you're being totally and completely absorbed. So you stop your message and your questioning of control. Sometimes you think that you're in a place of power, and yet you don't realize you've signed up to something that is going to make sure your message is either broken or not put out.

The public blows through their next mistress. Those of us that occurred at the time we did... In some ways it was just a different time. Now people need something new. "I don't care if it's a perfectly good pink shirt. I need another one!" Why are we so enamoured with excavating the personal journal of someone we don't know instead of growing with somebody we do? [Polari - May 9, 2009]


Live Versions

"Curtain Call"
May 6, 2009 - Vienna, Austria
FM4 Radio Session



"Curtain Call"
October 7, 2009 - Berlin, Germany



"Curtain Call"
June 12, 2014 - Warsaw, Poland



"Curtain Call"
September 9, 2017 - Ghent, Belgium




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