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Tori Amos — Cruel
Album: from the choirgirl hotel
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Total ratings: 356









Released: 1998
Length: 4:02
Plays (last 30 days): 1
So don't give me respect
Don't give me a piece of your preciousness
Flaunt all she's got in our old neighborhood
I'm sure she'll make a few friends

Even the rain bows down
Let us pray as you cock, cock, cock your mane
No cigarettes only, peeled havanas for you

I can be cruel, I don't know why
Why can't my bal-loo-loon stay up in a perfectly windy sky?
I can be cruel, I don't know why
I don't know why

Dance with the Sufis
Celebrate your top ten in the charts of pain
Ah, lover, brother, bogenvillia
My vine twists around your need

Even the rain is sharp like today
As you sh- sh- shock me sane
No cigarettes only, peeled havanas for you

I can be cruel, I don't know why
Why can't my bal-loo-loon stay up in a perfectly windy sky?
I can be cruel, I don't know why
I don't know why

''Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah''

I can be cruel, I don't know why
Why can't my bal-loo-loon stay up in a perfectly windy sky?
I can be cruel, I don't know why
I don't know why, why, why
Comments (32)add comment
You can really dislike Tori - but to me this is totally different than most of her stuff, has an edgy, ominous vibe that is compelling, and as always, the musicianship is great. For audiophiles in the group this album (and most Tori albums) are exceptional recordings. Love this album overall!
From the perfection of the Stones to THIS  abomination ?!

for the love of god, WHY?!
Always loved her voice... even though she's never written a song that makes any sense since the Little Earthquakes album (which is amazing). 
I personally like the juxtaposition of that big rhythm with her delicate voice
 DaidyBoy wrote:
I can't usually take Ms Amos, but, blimey, this is good stuff.  I've never heard it before and won't mind hearing it again.
 
This album is my absolute favorite from her and if you like this you will like the album - check it out.  It is unique from her other albums.  I keep wishing she would get back to this more "alternative" musicianship.


I can't usually take Ms Amos, but, blimey, this is good stuff.  I've never heard it before and won't mind hearing it again.
 suesblues wrote:
her flagrant imitation of ... the Inimitable
 
I dunno, that seems like quite a talent all by itself.
Tori Amos has always annoyed me due to her flagrant imitation of Kate Bush.  I always rate her in relation to the Inimitable and Superlative Kate..

however, this isnt a bad song - is she singing in French?  Haven't heard this version before...
Wow, comments on this go back 11 years. Very thankful, this listener is, for the continued stream of awesomeness from Paradise.
Bjork gets bad ratings because her voice is so grating.

 MrKite wrote:






I agree - but have you seen the ratings on RP for Stina and Bjork? Also quite low. I guess the greats rarely please the masses :-)
 




Great to hear. An excellent track from one of her top 2 albums IMHO. 
 mig7 wrote:

Just another misguided "guy" statement from someone most likely raised on Def Leppard who now considers themselves progressive or alt. Tori Amos is one of several important female pioneers to break the mold at the turn of the century.

 
Oh, another blanket statement from another "chick" raised on Brittany and Madonna who thinks she knows what is "good" music is now. Please stop making generalizations . I'm sure your offended...ps..Kate Bush wrote the book well before the one and all holy Tori   check your HIS-TORI before you make foolish statements....ps. I like Madonna and love Kate..and yeah, I'm a "guy"
MrKite wrote:
I agree - but have you seen the ratings on RP for Stina and Bjork? Also quite low. I guess the greats rarely please the masses :-)
I think it has more to do with people liking what is familiar and disliking what is new a/o different. I don't know who Stina is but I like Tori and Bjork because they are different. Not that I'm immune to desiring 'comfort music', I can enjoy a classic rock tune like anyone else. Pushing boundaries though is one of those pleasurable pains that a good artist is there for.
mig7 wrote:
Just another misguided "guy" statement from someone most likely raised on Def Leppard who now considers themselves progressive or alt. Tori Amos is one of several important female pioneers to break the mold at the turn of the century.
Kate Bush broke this mold well before Miss Anus, and she didn't whine either. Take a listen some time.
beetFreeQ wrote:
Hmm, I don't understand, why this song has such a bad rating... - must be all the listeners that rate songs when they heard it for the first time...Well, Tori's songs need to be listened to very often to explore the real beauty and genius in them... IMO She's the greatest female singer/songwriter besides Bj?and Stina Nordenstam...
I agree - but have you seen the ratings on RP for Stina and Bjork? Also quite low. I guess the greats rarely please the masses :-)
mig7 wrote:
Just another misguided "guy" statement from someone most likely raised on Def Leppard who now considers themselves progressive or alt. Tori Amos is one of several important female pioneers to break the mold at the turn of the century.
you tell 'em! :) Plus, i don't hear any whining in this song at all!
GordianKnot wrote:
Please, no more Torn Anus. I can't stand this whiney shrieking......worse than nails on a blackboard. Truly.
Just another misguided "guy" statement from someone most likely raised on Def Leppard who now considers themselves progressive or alt. Tori Amos is one of several important female pioneers to break the mold at the turn of the century.
mariamey28 wrote:
Great song. Love the singer.. I thought the wild horses was sung by the singer of Mazzy star.. am i wrong ?? :oops:
You're probably thinking of the Sundays
Sucko-Barfo.
kevinc wrote:
I like this version, but most live versions are, IMO, infinitely better.
Well Tori is just fantastic live...she should really put out a concert DVD or something so more people can appreciate her stage presence...great song though, even off the album
God-awful dreck. Other than that, I have no strong opinion. Time to switch to the review channel for some Dan Reiser. :lol:
Please, no more Torn Anus. I can't stand this whiney shrieking......worse than nails on a blackboard. Truly.
Originally Posted by beetFreeQ: Hmm, I don't understand, why this song has such a bad rating... - must be all the listeners that rate songs when they heard it for the first time...Well, Tori's songs need to be listened to very often to explore the real beauty and genius in them... IMO She's the greatest female singer/songwriter besides Björk and Stina Nordenstam...
Great song. Love the singer.. I thought the wild horses was sung by the singer of Mazzy star.. am i wrong ?? :oops:
Originally Posted by Mack: no longer content being Kate Bush, Amos now attempts Bjork. She's a better Kate...
She's better Tori :moon:
Originally Posted by kevinc: Wow, I'd forgotten how the album version of this song is so...so....I don't know what it is, but it's extremely different from the live version, which is a rip the roof of the joint rocker. I like this version, but most live versions are, IMO, infinitely better.
True Kevin, but this version is pretty great. I listen to it cranked up on my car stereo while driving to work. It certainly gets me ready for my work day. :cool:
no longer content being Kate Bush, Amos now attempts Bjork. She\'s a better Kate...
Wow, I\'d forgotten how the album version of this song is so...so....I don\'t know what it is, but it\'s extremely different from the live version, which is a rip the roof of the joint rocker. I like this version, but most live versions are, IMO, infinitely better.
Originally Posted by gypsy222: She DRIVES ME INSANE!
Which doesn't mean you're crazy about her, I assume? ;-)
Hmm, I don\'t understand, why this song has such a bad rating... - must be all the listeners that rate songs when they heard it for the first time...Well, Tori\'s songs need to be listened to very often to explore the real beauty and genius in them... IMO She\'s the greatest female singer/songwriter besides Björk and Stina Nordenstam...
One of my favorite Tori tunes. Very cool :cool:
I like some Tori and even have a couple CDs, but this tune lives up to its name: it\'s unusual, also.