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Oysters

Lyrics by Tori Amos

so can these shoes take me to
who I was before
I was stabbing my sticks into
a vulnerable earth
and I can almost out run you
and those stalking memories
did I somehow become you
without realizing
found a little patch of heaven now
so then I'm gonna turn oysters in the sand
'cause I'm working my way back
I'm working my way back to me again
not every girl is a pearl
with these ruby slippers
with these ruby slippers
so then I'm gonna turn oysters in the sand
in the sand
turn
turn
turn
and there are forces of conflict
taking portions of my mind
in whose realm laced with trickery
the fragments I must find
and I can almost out run you
and those stalking memories
did I somehow become you
without realizing
found a little patch of heaven now
so then I'm gonna turn oysters in the sand
'cause I'm working my way back
I'm working my way back to me again
not every girl is a pearl
with these ruby slippers
with these ruby slippers
so then I'm gonna turn oysters in the sand
turn
turn
not every girl is popular
popular
popular
not every girl is a pearl
with these ruby slippers
with these ruby slippers
so then I'm gonna turn oysters in the sand
in the sand
in the sand
turn
turn
turn


Tori Quotes

I hadn't done it this way since Little Earthquakes, when I was writing to survive. I wasn't under contract for a pop record, I didn't know if I'd ever make a pop record again. The workload was heavy, but I was under contract with Deutsche Grammophon for two classical records and then under commission for The Light Princess.

These songs would just come on a personal level, in order for me to figure out what was going on in my other words. Sometimes they would take a while to come. "Oysters" took a few years, because I guess there was a real change: I can look you in the eye and say 50 is an amazing age. The energy is unbelievable. But 49 was hell. Awful, terrible. I was obsessed with Diane Arbus' story and what she went through, and that's what drove this record in the beginning.

It's about the culture of projection. Mark said to me, if you don't think men go through the aging process and those looming thoughts, you're wrong. I said, yeah -- but no. Let's look at this culturally. In Hollywood, some of our big leading men are in their late 40s or 50s. Their love interests rarely are. Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt, etc. And they seem to be at the height of their powers sensually and sexually. There's an aphrodisiac that happens, even in the rock business, with a man that knows. Whereas a woman who has knowing and wisdom, it's respected and can be cool, but it's not always sexy. It's not an aphrodisiac.

I would like to think that there are women who will break this. There's a shift that's right now upon us that's happening, that possibly will change things. They're all there -- I never name one, because I have respect for so many of them -- but they're all right there. But will the public be ready? It's supply and demand.

The oyster, through a process, can make the pearl. It fascinated me that the pearl was within and yet it takes us a lot to see that. Accepting that time's moving on -- it's a tricky thing to find power in that, to tap into this divine feminine energy. It's not malevolent or benevolent, it's a force. And when you grab that force... we're back to intention. It's working my way back to being very clear about my intention at all times. [The Quietus - June 19, 2014]


"Oysters"
August 3, 2014 - Minneapolis, Minnesota - 89.3 The Current




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