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29 Years

Lyrics by Tori Amos

No, Medusa was not always a gorgon
No, my witch isn't always benevolent
She used me, an unwitting accomplice
On her weapon my fingerprints

How does this happen?
How does this happen?
How does this happen?

For twenty nine years
I've been searching for you
Twenty nine years
You, a most elusive truth
These tattered bits of me
I've been piecing
For twenty nine years

How does this happen?
How does this happen?
How does this happen?

So then, Athena wanted revenge
She let Poseidon get away with it
Just like my own witch almost did
Rock tied, ready to drown my marriage

How does this happen?
How does this happen?
How does this happen?

For twenty nine years
I've been searching for you
Twenty nine years
You, a most elusive truth
These tattered bits of me
I've been piecing
For twenty nine years

Walk with me in your bare feet
In the sugar sand
Time to diffuse
Bombs I planted
In our bed
We can heal with forgiveness
In the sugar sand
My friend

For twenty nine years
I've been searching for you
Twenty nine years
You, a most elusive truth
These tattered bits of me
I've been piecing
For twenty nine years

These victim tears
A song from my past
To twenty nine years
Yes, we are free at last
We can unlash
Ourselves from that mast
After twenty nine years


Tori Quotes

I see so many Medusas in celebrity culture and on Twitter getting persecuted every day. The real truth of the myth was that Medusa was far from evil, she was vilified, raped and then turned into a Gorgon. And we're still dealing with the aftermath of that archetype. [Toronto Star - May 12, 2022]

I remember when Matt heard "29 Years" once it was done, and he said "reggae, really?" That's all he said. Because once he'd played drums on it, he didn't hear it again until the end. I'm sure he was surprised but after he listened to it for a couple of days, I think he was really thrilled. [The Village Voice - June 20, 2022]


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