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Baltimore

(rare song, 1980)

Words and Music by Tori (Ellen) Amos and Mike Amos

It's so nice to live here,
I'm glad this is my home
I've got a homestead on Baltimore Street
it's someplace to call my own.
It's all kinds of people
Familiar places, smiling faces
I'm proud to say I'm a Baltimorian.
But the 'Birds' are the best,
The best of Baltimore.

We like it here in Baltimore
There's so much love in Baltimore
Working hand in hand
To make this place a better land in Baltimore.
Love is what you'll find so stop and take the time.
I've got Oriole baseball on my mind.

We like it here in Baltimore.
There's so much love in Baltimore.
Working hand in hand
to make this place a better land in Baltimore.
Love is what you'll find so stop and take the time
To enjoy the brotherhood of Baltimore.

The sun sets across the bay
I'm glad I spend my day
in a working American city
with all the people who make it that way.
It's time to jump in a taxi
for Thirty-third Street
knowing I'll be watching those 'Birds' go,
watching Weaver's show.

We like it here in Baltimore
There's so much love in Baltimore.
Working hand in hand
to make this place a better land in Baltimore.
Love is what you'll find so stop and take the time.
cause I've got Oriole Baseball on my mind.


Tori Quotes

I recently came across a bootleg CD which claimed to include tracks taped during the 1980 Baltimore sessions, as well as a set you apparently performed at a wedding. How much material did you actually record in those early days?

I'd have to hear it to know if it really was the "Baltimore" sessions. I did a song called "Baltimore," I did one called "Walking with You," and then I did a couple of other things around that period that were separate from that session. They were done in a church. Michael, my brother, was there -- he's almost ten years older than I am - and I was about 14. Those were called "All I Have to Give," "More Than Just a Friend," there was a song called "Just Ellen" and I can't remember the other one. I can hear it. The point is that I recorded a lot of things at that time. The "Baltimore" sessions CD, I don't know if that's a tape that I did that day, or if it's an amalgamation of things done around that time. The thing I did at a wedding was something completely different -- I was just being paid ten bucks to sing. The big requests then were "Evergreen," "We've Only Just Begun," "The Wedding Song," you know. I did "Baltimore" in a studio, you know and I did the wedding things at a real wedding that somebody taped, probably with a terrible little tape recorder, and not just because of me, just taping the service. So it could've been a few years apart. [Record Collector - November 1999]


"Baltimore"
1980



"Baltimore"
TV clip from VH-1 Before They Were Stars




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