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Tori Amos — Thank You
Album: Crucify EP
Avg rating:
5.9

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Total ratings: 695









Released: 1992
Length: 3:45
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If the sun refused to shine
I would still be loving you
If mountains crumble to the sea
There would still be you and me

Kind woman, I give you my all
Kind woman, nothing more

Little drops of rain whisper on the plains
Tears have run thrust in the days gone by
If my love is strong, here there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die

My, my
Inspiration is what you are to me
Inspiration, love to see

If the sun refused to shine
I would still be loving you
If mountains crumble to the sea
There will still be you, you and me
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First rating of a one for me.
Was enjoying this a bit...yet thought it seemed a bit "shrill" and then looked and noticed it was TA. I thought..."yep".
As I posted elsewhere, we watched Imogen Heap last week supporting Josh Groban at the O2.  She did this kind of stuff, just her and a piano.  Erm.  Didn't work for my ears and the audience generally agreed, I think.  Shame.  This just reminded me of an embarrassing evening.
Tori is obviously very polarizing.  I have never liked her music, but apparently stopped trying to listen to her before 1992.  I never knew she tried to put her stamp on this Led Zep classic.  I really don't mind this version, but it is still not enough to change my opinion of her on the whole.
 islander wrote:
You know, I came here to post something about how this was actually pretty listenable. Then I saw that I had previously voted it a 1 and I wondered what I was thinking. Then she started in with the vocal warbling at the end. It's better than a 1, but it would be better overall if she stopped 30 seconds earlier.

 
Spot on, friend, I was just about to do the same.
Ummmm, I'm in favor of covers and any artist's right to interpret a song in their own manner.  Sometimes it doesn't work.

Sorry, Ms Amos, but this version doesn't convey the deep, heavy emotion described in the lyrics.  "If the sun refused to shine, I would still be loving you."

Perhaps I am influenced by a masculine gender bias which demands these emotions be proclaimed loudly, at the mountain's summit, with thunder and lightning in the background.
Argh, that high pitch digs into my skull.  It's painful.
If I have to hear a "Thank You" cover, I'd prefer Duran Duran's take on this.
No.
I don't like this version very much either.  A classic song that should just be left alone to Led Zeppelin.
You know, I came here to post something about how this was actually pretty listenable. Then I saw that I had previously voted it a 1 and I wondered what I was thinking. Then she started in with the vocal warbling at the end. It's better than a 1, but it would be better overall if she stopped 30 seconds earlier.
She'll be vampire-free with all that garlic around her neck. For that matter, I expect that she'll be free of any company with olfactory senses... ;-)
Oh, this is just AWFUL!
Surprised at the widespread dislike of this track. I love Zep, and love Tori (for different reasons, but equally enthusiastic on both fronts). Enjoying this. 
 Dave_Mack wrote:

Indeed. It's got the riff from "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".

 
Well now, that's well enough left alone, methinks.
meh. 
 moodfood wrote:
that piano sound kinda Elton's style.. {#Think}

 
Indeed. It's got the riff from "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me".
Mmm...Nah.
My band's version is better than this, and that's not saying much!
Sweet.  
I wonder what song she thinks she' singing.   Nice piano though.
Oh why, oh why does this version exist?
that piano sound kinda Elton's style.. {#Think}
Are you kidding me?!
Thankfully its taken me 23 years to become aware of the existence of this cover.
I could have lasted quite a few more.
She just wails and whines too much, like a bad Kate Bush tribute act
I am shocked that I like this being a huge Zep fan...but I'm diggin' it.
Love this song, but not this version, despite my general affection for Tori.  Not the right voice or the right arrangement.  It's beautiful when Robert Plant does it, but saccharine coming from her. 
 MTachyon wrote:

Knowing Led Zep didn't write many of their own songs, I was surprised to see this was their first.

 
{#Stupid} {#Drunk}

So who wrote 'em; Barry Manilow?
(Yes, we all know they took credit for a couple old blues tunes they didn't write, but other than that . . .?)

Thank you for playing! Love this cover.
 fingerpin wrote:
Love Tori. Love the Mighty Zep. Love Radio Paradise.
 


Ditto
You know, I'm not much for covers, but this passes.... wait there's the Tori WAAAAIIIILLLING again.  Nevermind.
Worst song EVER! Had to rinse my ears out with some real Zeppelin after this travesty the first time I heard it. One of the rare songs RP plays that will send me to the mute button quickly.

Ouch
 

Knowing Led Zep didn't write many of their own songs, I was surprised to see this was their first.  Tori does it OK, but this song and these words caught my thoughts on love, long before my first engulfing experience set the foundation of feelings beneath it.

"Thank You" signaled a deeper involvement in songwriting by singer Robert Plant, being the first Led Zeppelin song that he wrote all the lyrics for. According to various Led Zeppelin biographies, this is also the song that made Jimmy Page realize that Plant could now handle writing the majority of the lyrics for the band's songs. Plant wrote the song as a tribute to his then-wife Maureen.

If the sun refused to shine
I would still be lovin' you
Mountains crumble to the sea
There will still be you and me

Kind woman, I give you my all
Kind woman, nothing more

Little drops of rain
Whisper on the plains
Tears have run thrust in the days gone by
If my love is strong
Here there is no wrong
Together we shall go until we die
My, my
Inspiration is what you are to me
Inspiration, love to see

If the sun refused to shine
I would still be lovin' you
Mountains crumble to the sea
There will still be you and me


Make it stop! There isn't enough valium in the world to make this tolerable.
 
Realy different.  Very good.
...oh, this is nice to hear...

...i liken it to combining two of my favorite flavors, say white chocolate and pretzels, and finding myself utterly suprised to discover that they go together quite nicely...
Love Tori. Love the Mighty Zep. Love Radio Paradise.
{#Hearteyes}Thank YOU, Bill {#Daisy}
I think that Bill and Rebecca feed off of our disgust with certain artists. Let's try this; Please play more Tori, I just love it!
Think they bought it?{#Lol}
No, seriously, please stop.
The original song by Led Zeppelin was great
 whtahtefcuk wrote:
RP has been suck for the last few days!!!

Sorry Bill! 
 
Yes, this is not good for the rotation!

RP has been suck for the last few days!!!

Sorry Bill! 
Love you Tori!  Thanks for the hug a few years back.  Come visit Taos again sometime.


Now this is a cool cover...  love it...

 
 h8rhater wrote:

Haters hate for nothing more than THEIR joy of annoying other people and their need to feel superior in some way... don't let the bastards  get ya down.

I agree that this is a pretty cool re-interpretation.  Bill programs in some excellent covers.

 
Wrong. We are really Tori-philes and are following the dictate given us by our Royal Queen Tori through the secret command encoded in the title of this album: Crucify Tori Amos

 Delawhere wrote:
Love Tori, love this song... can't believe I've never heard this before. Leave it up to RP! Another hidden gem, however I think this one needs a little polishing.
 
Lets start with this:


 jadewahoo wrote:
Why, oh why, are we subjected to the aural abuse of Tori Amos here on RP?
 
Petition now SAVE OUR EARS!

Why, oh why, are we subjected to the aural abuse of Tori Amos here on RP?
If we stop listening to her we live longer.

It's pretty good.  I like some of her other songs more though.
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
I'd have some Tori salad, as served on the album cover
 
Yummy. {#Tongue}
?OhWhy?
 rtb wrote:
No Tori.
I won't let you ruin this one, too.
Wasn't your murder of Smells Like Teen Spirit enough?
 
 {#Lol}


yuck...  especially after "Lust for Life"


I'm not a Tori-hater, but all her covers are starting to blend together for me.  I wonder if we just heard the piano and her humming the vocals whether we could discern any one cover from another.  {#Undecided}

One of the best covers ever.
 mread wrote:

Ditto.  I was listening only casually until the "little drops of rain" bit, then my ears perked up and I realized it was a cover.  No, more than a cover, a reinterpretation.  Works for me.  8

The level of Tori-hate around here amazes.
 
Haters hate for nothing more than THEIR joy of annoying other people and their need to feel superior in some way... don't let the bastards  get ya down.

I agree that this is a pretty cool re-interpretation.  Bill programs in some excellent covers.

Love Tori, love this song... can't believe I've never heard this before. Leave it up to RP! Another hidden gem, however I think this one needs a little polishing.
 mread wrote:

Ditto.  I was listening only casually until the "little drops of rain" bit, then my ears perked up and I realized it was a cover.  No, more than a cover, a reinterpretation.  Works for me.  8

The level of Tori-hate around here amazes.
 
Same here. What a great version.Sublime.....{#Good-vibes}
{#Yell}{#Arghhh}{#Yell}{#Arghhh}
I'd have some Tori salad, as served on the album cover
{#Hearteyes} Thank YOU, Bill! {#Hearteyes}

"Well, Thank You is a wonderful song. I covered it a while back. I think Robert wrote it for his partner, and I remember thinking, I wish I could write something like that. My favorite has to be Whole Lotta Love, though. When I first met my husband {recording engineer Mark Hawley}, that song took on a new significance. Suddenly it was Oreo cookies again. Whole Lotta Love is an aphrodisiac, and it makes you want to put on your kitten-heel boots.
— Tori; Mojo Magazine, October 2001

T: Oh yeah. And it was pretty strict. But I was *obsessed* with The White Album, Sergeant Pepper and Zeppelin. And all I could do was go over and over and over, um, to Jimmy's playing and his phrasing. And as a piano player, I studied him, and I studied him, and I studied him. And I said, 'I'm gonna bring this to the piano'. Because he was the bridge, I felt, from classical music to contemporary playing. He understood that. And Robert of course... is the *Goddess*. (both laugh) I mean, Robert understands the energy of the feminine. You're looking at a bit of Merlin... and when you understand that, you understand what their power was... about the sensuality of the Goddess, that's what their music was about.

I: And Tori, they've been often copied and covered, and no-one so *beautifully*, in my opinion anyway, as you did with that, ah, song Thank You that was on a little EP of yours. Just the most beautiful cover of one of those... Interpretation of one of their songs.

T: That's good. I think it's great that Zeppelin is getting played a lot, I think they've inspired so much music....and people go back to those records, because they are a bench-mark, no different than The Beatles. It's very similar. Well I try, again, when I do a cover, I try and approach it from... OK, the piano will look at me sideways and she'll go, 'How can we put this in our language, and honour it?', because their version is always, you know, the definitive. And now how can we bring it to this instrument? The piano, which I think has been stigmatized. The piano isn't given her due. And a lot of times she's relegated to sappy-crappy pop music, or you know, just strict classical music.
— Tori; Interview On JJJ FM Radio In Australia, 02/26/96


Anyone who has ever gone to a Tori concert knows that she plays LZ before the show.
 philbertr wrote:

And I thought just the opposite:  a demonstration of how a well written song lends itself quite nicely to different interpretations.  I like.

 
Ditto.  I was listening only casually until the "little drops of rain" bit, then my ears perked up and I realized it was a cover.  No, more than a cover, a reinterpretation.  Works for me.  8

The level of Tori-hate around here amazes.


I like the piano bits, don't particularly like her low growling vocals during the low notes.  I think I like this more than her "Teen Spirit" cover.
I wonder if anyone's ever uploaded Duran Duran's version of this song.  {#Rolleyes}
 secretsauce wrote:
I like the performance just fine. However, I think this is a good case of how a new rendition of a song can show you whether the song stands up on its own as a piece of songwriting ... in this case I don't think it does (and I'm a *major* Zep fan). It's just not that good a song.
 
And I thought just the opposite:  a demonstration of how a well written song lends itself quite nicely to different interpretations.  I like.

 Kemoc wrote:
Thank You Tori. Nice Job.
 
I agree with you. This is a lovely version of the song.

i'm a big tori fan, and a big zep fan (even spent an evening visiting with mr. plant during his first solo tour, talking over the old days and all), and i STILL hate this version.
hate.
HATE.
 
Thank You Tori. Nice Job.
I actually like covers. But I hate Tori, so if she would just not sing anything original or cover, I'd be happy.

And just a minute ago I was thinking the Decemberists were the most pretentious band on earth.

Good for a 6 hour drive on a rainy, dark and chilly thanksgiving day. Like zeps better
Must... turn .... it .... off... now .... 
No Tori.
I won't let you ruin this one, too.
Wasn't your murder of Smells Like Teen Spirit enough?

Brave(and wonderfull)interpretation. Fortune favors the brave....... LZ would surely approve I feel.
has someone written tori amos conversion software?
I like the performance just fine. However, I think this is a good case of how a new rendition of a song can show you whether the song stands up on its own as a piece of songwriting ... in this case I don't think it does (and I'm a *major* Zep fan). It's just not that good a song.
MrStatenIsle wrote:
This might be nice as fodder during a live show, but for a studio CD release, eh.
it's a b-side.
This might be nice as fodder during a live show, but for a studio CD release, eh.
I'm not saying she's not talented. I'm just saying her talent doesn't appeal to me. But to each their own, I suppose.
Aye Caramba! This is hideous.
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
Cash Flow. Tori bought something expensive - a house on the water somewhere and needs to make payments. Its the only possible reason for recording something this wretched.
This was recorded around the time of her first album. She was completely unknown then. She happens to LOVE Led Zeppelin. I know most of you guys really, really hate Tori Amos, but I wish you wouldn't make uneducated statements about her music or her life. That is all.
Thank you Bill, suits my after-work-shattered-from-getting-up-so-early mood.
Why are the beautiful ones always insane?
meydele wrote:
She should be spanked for this.
Can I? Really really?
shun the tori haters!...shunnnnnaaaahhhhh!
It was good until she started showing off ...
Daveinbawlmer wrote:
A bit of olive oil and some nice crusty bread and she would be a nice lunch!
There, fixed it for you.
I can't tolerate Tori for more than a couple seconds... (something in the way I hear things, I think) but I sure love her necklace!
She should be spanked for this.
tinybubbles wrote:
are those scallions around her neck?
A bit of olive oil and some nice crusty bread and she would have a nice lunch!
I'm happy that BillG likes Tori...Thanks, Bill! :good-vibes:
Cash Flow. Tori bought something expensive - a house on the water somewhere and needs to make payments. Its the only possible reason for recording something this wretched.
Thank You? No thank you!
tinybubbles wrote:
are those scallions around her neck?
:roflol::roflol::roflol::roflol: They sure look like it! And is that a bird's nest?
Wow, the majority vote level is a 1 for this song. Don't think I've sene that before.
Look, I like Tori Amos, I really do but do we have to hear ALL of her songs on here?!?1 :snooty:
thatslongformud wrote:
Tori's best song! oh wait....
Actually, I agree. This is one of the more tolerable pieces she done. But I'd rather hear a Dolly Parton bluegrass version than hear this again.
jpfueler wrote:
love her voice, love the song, hate this version.
Nonesense. This cover works very well.
Tori loves LZ!
Sounds a bit like Rickie Lee Jones here.
love her voice, love the song, hate this version.
Love it, love it, love it. Two of my faves: Tori and Zep. I'll be propped at a piano, singing this one to my future hubby at my wedding reception.
Please Tori, please stop making covers! :pray:
Tori's best song! oh wait....
Mommy please make her stop.
Fantastic transition from Yann Tiersen... Bill you rule
could she just shut up? "thank you"!
mwiseley wrote:
Absolutely angelic. Tori is a genius and one of the most unique artists in popular music today. Yum.
:hungry: What an appetite I've got for her too! :music:
Tori, thank you.
Absolutely angelic. Tori is a genius and one of the most unique artists in popular music today. Yum.
One of her better songs, probably due to the fact that it's a LZ song...
Outstanding!
Better than Yoko
are those scallions around her neck?
Tori loves LZ. Several times when I've seen her, LZ is playing before the concert.
Man... I didn't know this was from a single off Little Earthquakes... a gorgeous cover, and a great follow up to the Tiersen piece from Amalie. I remember Tori giving her completely rambling interviews to Rolling Stone, and her reverence & erotic obsession with Robert Plant. So it's delightfully wack to hear her to a Zep cover.
"Crucify" is right. Could it get any worse?
this is such a great song...tori does it nicely!
Her version of "I Don't Like Mondays" would be appropriate today.