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In the Shadow

(unreleased song, 1983)

Lyrics by Tori Amos

Verse 1:

My sister says that I'm psychotic
She analyzes from the bed
Just a rookie diagnostician
Examining my head
She should know a case's history
before assuming that she solved
a personality's mystery
when she herself is the factor involved
involved

Chorus:

I have been livin'
in the shadow of her too long
in the shadow of her too long
I have been livin'
in the shadow of her too long
in the shadow of her too long
of a sister who never
did wrong

Verse 2:

She always seems to do things
the way they should be done
Try following in her footsteps
Sick of the comparisons

You praise yourself with voices
that don't sound like your own
How could my own creation
be her loyal spy all along
Chorus:

I have been livin'
in the shadow of her too long
in the shadow of her too long
I have been livin'
in the shadow of her too long
in the shadow of her too long
of a sister who never
did wrong

Verse 3:

Why couldn't they
be proud of what they
helped make of me
There's some good
where oh where
My sister says that I'm psychotic
She analyzes from the bed
All I needed was attention
Not thorazine prescribed
with some rest

Chorus:

I have been livin'
in the shadow of her too long
in the shadow of her too long
I have been livin'
in the shadow of her too long
Been pretending
in the shadows
to keep me strong
that her light would soon be gone
The shadow still hangs on
to the sister who never
who never
did wrong

in the shadow of you
too long
in the shadow of you
too long


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