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Nightmare Fuel: Tori Amos
"Me and a Gun", a song infamous for its stark lyrics about Tori's rape. The fact that it's a cappella doesn't help, because it forces the listener to focus on the lyrics without any instrumentation to be distracted by.
"Juárez" is already eerie, but it becomes this when you find out it's based on the violent homicides of hundreds of women in Cuidad Juarez, Mexico. It's kinda difficult to listen to it now.
The dreadful implications of one simple line from "Juárez":
No angel came
Her insanely creepy version of "Raining Blood" that even managed to creep out Slayer. It consists of a very off-putting bass synthesizer, piano from a demonic lullaby, and Tori's haunting, disconnected vocals.
As if the cover can't get any creepier, the story about the character associated with the song (written by Neil Gaiman) is disturbing.
Here: an exercise in choice. Your choice. One of these tales is true.
She lived through the war. In 1959 she came to America. She now lives in a condo in Miami, a tiny French woman with white hair, with a daughter and a grand-daughter. She keeps herself to herself and smiles rarely, as if the weight of memory keeps her from finding joy.
Or that’s a lie. Actually the Gestapo picked her up during a border crossing in 1943, and they left her in a meadow. First she dug her own grave, then a single bullet to the back of the skull.
Her last thought, before that bullet, was that she was four months’ pregnant, and that if we do not fight to create a future there will be no future for any of us.
There is an old woman in Miami who wakes, confused, from a dream of the wind blowing the wildflowers in a meadow.
There are bones untouched beneath the warm French earth which dream of a daughter’s wedding. Good wine is drunk. The only tears shed are happy ones.
Amos' "'97 Bonnie and Clyde" needs its own entry. It's bad enough when Eminem does it, but Tori actually puts it to what sounds like a horror film theme. Then consider the lyrics in general: "Where's Mama? She's takin' a little nap in the trunk. Oh, that smell? Da-da musta runned over a skunk."
Considering that the point of Strange Little Girls was to flip the male perspective of certain songs to a female perspective, this means that Tori takes the perspective of the dead wife.
At one of Tori's concerts, a fan had an emotional breakdown. She was brought backstage.
I just said, "So what's going on with you?" And she said, "I want to come and join the tour." I said, "What's so bad that you want to do that, like now?" And she said, "Because my stepfather raped me last night. He'll rape me tomorrow night, and he's going to rape me tonight when I get home."