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Lyrics by Tori Amos

China all the way to New York
I can feel the distance getting close
you're right next to me
but I need an airplane
I can feel the distance as you breathe

sometimes I think
you want me to touch you
how can I when you build
the great wall around you
in your eyes I saw a future together
you just look away in the distance

china decorates our table
funny how the cracks don't seem to show
pour the wine dear
you say we'll take a holiday
but we never can agree on where to go
China all the way to New York
maybe you got lost in Mexico
you're right next to me
I think that you can hear me
funny how the distance learns to grow

I can feel the distance
I can feel the distance
I can feel the distance
getting close...

Tori Quotes

The fifths in the bass represent the beginning of an ancient ceremony. This ceremony took me to "China," took me to the kitchen table where most wars get nurtured. I've always felt "China" and secrets are good friends. This song was the first written on Little Earthquakes. [Little Earthquakes songbook]

Love song. There's been a side to me that's always been drawn to heart-wrenching love songs. And sometimes I find that you don't get those necessarily just in the contemporary singer-songwriter world, but also with musical theater, Gershwin, classics. I think that "China" probably came after a big bout of listening to Barbra Streisand. Because you know, if anyone can break your heart, she could. [Rolling Stone - December 18, 2009]

Live Versions

January 29, 1992 - London, England

"China" (duet)
March 8, 1994 - Paris, France

May 2, 2003 - Chicago, Illinois

"China" (with band)
July 10, 2009 - Seattle, Washington

November 6, 2015 - Basel, Switzerland
Baloise Session

November 7, 2017 - New York, New York

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