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Wild Way

Lyrics by Tori Amos

I hate you
I hate you
I do
I hate that
you're the one who can
make me feel gorgeous
with just just a flick of your finger
it is that easy

yes there was a time
you didn't always get your way
back there where my heart
was not so easy to invade
when my battlements were strong
before the Pilgrims came
don't forget you were the one
who loved my wild way

I hate you
I hate you
I do
I hate that
I turn into a kind
some kind of monster
with just just a flick of your finger
it is that easy

of course there was a time
you didn't always get your way
back there where my heart
was not so easy to invade
when my battlements were strong
before the pilgrims came
don't forget you were the one
who loved my wild way

I hate you
I hate you
I do
I hate that
you're the one who can
make me feel gorgeous
with just just a flick of your finger
it is that easy
to hate you
to hate you


Tori Quotes

I think the thing about "Wild Way" is, um, I played it first as piano-vocal, and it could, it could have lived on its own in that way, but we felt that if it didn't build, if something didn't start to happen, that, um, we were missing an opportunity -- that it was almost too safe. So it was about, um, finding what it was. And so it began to become clear that the song was demanding an arrangement: the verse needed its own treatment, and the chorus needed its own treatment, and we had to create different spaces for them to do that. So it was just a very simple following-what-the-piano-was-doing. [Spotify commentary - 2014]

There was a moment when I sang "Wild Way," and he [Husband] was on the other side in the control room. I was in the recording room. I sang it for him because I was holding some songs back. It's a strange thing when you sing a song like that to somebody, which says, "I hate you," and you are in a work mode. He had tears in his eyes, and he said, "That's the take." I didn't say anything, and he quietly said, "I hate you, too." He's got to have a sense of humor, and he's aware all these songs are going out to the world. He gets it. Our songs have to be written so that they can resolve themselves. [The Fader - May 8, 2014]

Men can love so deeply and be romantic, but they can't always show it. I think gay men are supported more in showing their emotions, and sometimes straight men have to come across as macho, but [straight men] can really be more romantic than some of the women. But gay guys are really encouraged to talk about their emotions, and sometimes straight men don't have a place for that, except maybe with their partners to really talk about what they're feeling. "Wild Way" is really about this. That couple is not being kind to each other right now. They're saying things that really go very deep and rip the heart out of the other one. And even though they love each other, they want to hurt each other. [Radio.com - June 6, 2014]


Live Versions

"Wild Way"
July 17, 2014 - Portland, Oregon - 101.9 KINK live in the Bing Lounge



"Wild Way"
August 2, 2014 - CBS This Morning: Saturday Sessions




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