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Quotes by the musician Tori Amos.

"If it's too loud, turn it up."

"So my father said to me, 'Tori Ellen, I can't believe you wrote this song about me.' I said, 'I write everything about you, what are you surprised about?' He said, 'I'm really hurt by this one.' I said, 'Well which one is it?' He said, 'Well, you called me Satan.' I said, 'No! I was doing drugs with a South American shaman, and I really did visit the devil and, well, I had a journey.' He said, 'Oh, praise Jesus!'"


"I know I'm an acquired taste - I'm anchovies. And not everybody wants those hairy little things."

"American Doll Posse took on the Bush administration. Abnormally Attracted to Sin continues threads about repression and power. So your anger didn't die with the Bush era? There's a song called "Police Me". And it talks about the idea of remote viewing. The idea that even though we're in free land, they can know everything about you and everything about me, and they can assess. I don't think that's died with the Bush administration because I don't think it's just about a President, I think it's much, much deeper than that."

"If Palin runs again, I'm going to run on a Republican ticket. What I know about Middle Eastern policy could fit on a thumbnail, but I still know more than she does. You have to ask, how could a nation nearly vote in somebody who isn't qualified for the job?"


"There is no passion without broken crockery."

"In our minds, love and lust are really separated. It's hard to find someone that can be kind and you can trust enough to leave your kids with, and isn't afraid to throw her man up against the wall and lick him from head to toe."

"I try and never cancel [shows] because people have changed their lives to be there."

"Some of the most wonderful people are the ones who don't fit into boxes."

"Get off that cross, we need the wood!"

"The violence between women is unbelievable. Women try to make each other crawl so that their knees are bleeding."

"You know that saying, bad things don't happen to good people? That's a lie."

"Beck's bass player (Justin Meldal-Johnsen) suggested I do a cover of Slayer's "Raining Blood". I was reading about what was going on in Afghanistan—the way women were being oppressed, the destruction of religious statues. And when I heard that song, I just imagined a huge juicy vagina coming out of the sky, raining blood over all those racist, misogynist fuckers."


"I know some artists prefer not to comment, but I've followed the US administration and I genuinely believe they've emotionally blackmailed and manipulated the American people. We're living in a frightening time and I wish people would wake up and realise they're surrendering their civil liberties."

"He was a lite sneeze, and not the flu. Guys would like to think they're the flu, but sometimes they're just a 'h'achoo'."

"Who wouldn't want to shag a queen?"

"When I was studying Guitar Player as a teenage girl, I was thinking: 'These guys are onto something'. They've been able to use the instruments in a way. I mean "cock rock" became a pejorative. But if you really think about it, they're not assaulting another human being, they're taking their instruments and plugging into this 220 voltage. And it seemed to me that a piano could do that but you had to play with your whole body. You couldn't just play with your hands and you had to let it play you. "Metal Momma" comes to mind."