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Lyrics by Tori Amos

"The Winged Painter is on uptown" I said "Will you meet me to go..." Washington Square I'm racing there to get you at Noon, oh the Nocturne noon... Isabella on the way there stops me (I say) I can't stay today -- I'm off in flight Towards Another Light. Rest. Youth. Washington Square, I meet you there and we go. now He's on the run He's on the run From this walking Greeting Card and Chloe's Kiss, The Wolf Pit, The Wine Harvest, and Phileda's Lesson -- We're not his possession. in Winter, Trampled flowers in Winter Lovers, Circus, these Garlands -- The Blue Pirouette, The Marriage, The Mimosas, Black Sun Over Paris... these Garlands -- The Little Swallow, St. Paul from the window, from the 1/2 open window. Eve incurs God's displeasure. Passion. Odysseus and Penelope, Ulysses and Penelope, The Festival, In Hell. in Winter, The Winged Painter, The Winged Painter, Washington Square -- Let's go see a Day in May from The Winged Painter

Tori Quotes

Isabella was waiting there for me in a shaft of light by the piano and she said "Write me in a song. I want access to this dimension." I said "Talk with me awhile." I just started playing something random so as not to lose the moment. Then she said, "You’re still hurting." I asked her "To what are you referring?" She said, "I was there that day." I asked "What day?" "That day when you walked through Washington Square and I saw a tear you were hiding, and I held up a candle to guide you." I looked at this glorious vision of light, and I giggled softly. "Well, Isabella, we know which song you are in, then, don’t we?" She held me a moment then danced back into the shaft of light from which she had come. I finished "Washington Square" [title changed to "Garlands"] that day. [Tori Amos: Piece by Piece - 2005]

"Garlands" (with Song Canvas from Tori Amos: Piece by Piece)

Patricia Leavy Quote
Patricia Leavy is an acclaimed author and EWF

"The song is about a painter and his girlfriend who are on the verge of a breakup. They’re supposed to meet at Washington Square Park in New York. In the song, there is a half open window, symbolizing the state of their relationship." [Mogul - August 1, 2016]

Live Versions

July 18, 2010 - London, England

October 5, 2011 - Paris, France

May 31, 2014 - Zurich, Switzerland

September 23, 2017 - Copenhagen, Denmark

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