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Happy Phantom

Lyrics by Tori Amos

and if I die today I'll be the HAPPY phantom and I'll go chasin' the nuns out in the yard and I'll run naked through the streets without my mask on and I will never need umbrellas in the rain I'll wake up in strawberry fields every day and the atrocities of school I can forgive the HAPPY phantom has no right to bitch oo who the time is getting closer oo who time to be a ghost oo who every day we're getting closer the sun is getting dim will we pay for who we been so if I die today I'll be the HAPPY phantom and I'll go wearin' my NAUGHTIES like a jewel they'll be my ticket to the universal opera there's Judy Garland taking Buddha by the hand and then these seven little men get up to dance they say Confucius does his crossword with a pen I'm still the angel to the girl who hates to SIN or will I see you dear and wish I could come back you found a girl that you could TRULY love again will you still call for me when she falls asleep or do we soon forget the things we cannot see...

Tori Quotes

When the songs began showing up I wrote their names on separate envelopes and made a faery ring in the middle of the house. I'd sit in the middle of the ring to focus on a song's direction. All of the songs seemed to work toward the completeness of the other. They decided we needed to hang out with death for awhile. [Little Earthquakes songbook]

I worked with John Philip Shenale on this, who did all the string arrangements for Midwinter Graces, so this is one of those collaborations that has stood the test of time and I met him on this record. To talk about death was really important on Little Earthquakes because there was a part of me had to die. The image that I had created for whatever reason, had to die. [Rolling Stone - December 18, 2009]

Demos & Outtakes

"Happy Phantom" demo, 1990

Live Versions

"Happy Phantom"
April 20, 1992 - New York, New York

"Happy Phantom"
August 16, 1992 - Miami, Florida

"Happy Phantom"
April 12, 1996 - Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

"Happy Phantom"
October 31, 2001 - Houston, Texas

"Happy Phantom" / "cocksucker" outburst (audio only)
June 22, 2007 - Bratislava, Slovakia

"Happy Phantom"
October 30, 2007 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Happy Phantom"
December 22, 2011 - Dallas, Texas

"Happy Phantom"
August 1, 2014 - St. Louis, Missouri

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