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Tori Amos — Playboy Mommy
Album: from the choirgirl hotel
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Released: 1998
Length: 4:07
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In my platforms I hit the floor
Fell face down didn't help my brain out
Then the baby came before I found
The magic how to keep her happy
I never was the fantasy
Of what you want wanted me to be

But don't judge me so harsh little girl
So you've got a playboy mommy
But when you tell them my name and
You want to cross that bridge all on your own

Little girl they'll do you no harm
Because they know your playboy mommy
But when you tell them my name
From here to Birmingham, I got a few friends

I never was there, was there when it counts
I get my way you're so like me
You seemed ashamed, ashamed that I was
A good friend of American soldiers
I'll say it loud here by your grave
Those angels can't ever take my place

Don't judge me so harsh little girl
You got a playboy mommy
But when you tell them my name and
You want to cross that bridge all on your own

Little girl they'll do you no harm
Because they know your playboy mommy
But you just tell them my name
You tell them my name, I got a few friends

Somewhere where the orchids grow
I can't find those church bells
That played when you died
Played Gloria, talking about Hosanna

Don't judge me so harsh little girl
You got a playboy mommy come home
But when you tell them soldiers my name
You cross that bridge all on your own

Little girl they'll do you no harm
'Cause they know your playboy mommy
But I'll be home, I'll be home
To take you in my arms
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Wow.  Powerful lyrics. 

I'm an immature and childish father (at age 63), who knows a few playboy mommies.  I feel for the narrator.  That's a tough life.
Feel like I'm listening to the Tori Amos channel on Pandora.
Less Tori, please!
best sequence of characters with no intellectual content whatever - from 11 years ago :

WTF is blech?
The heavy breathing is  annoying.
 geavis wrote:
Please play fewer Tori Amos songs.
 

none would be ok too.
She's really talented, but her overt sexuality (causing the audible breathing and piano bench writhing) is so distracting that it overpowers her musicianship.  
Tschüss Kindergarten. I switch to AccuRadio
 FlatCat wrote:
Oh god, the breathing. I get asthma occasionally, and the rasping is making me panic. 
 
i know
sounds like she needs to use her inhaler
Oh god, the breathing. I get asthma occasionally, and the rasping is making me panic. 
Tori Amos... what's the point?
Tori Amos once quoted that strait men do not relate to her music. Oh how relieved I feel.
Every time I hear her sing she sounds like she's on the verge of bursting into tears. 
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3c/FromTheChoirgirl.jpg https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/1d/American_Stars%27n%27Bars.jpg
Perhaps they went drinking together?  ; )
I'll always find pleasure in TA
 Mandible wrote:

But you know that saying, Bad things don't happen to good people? 
— Tori; Q Magazine, May 1998

 
Just curious, has anyone here ever heard anyone say that ever?  I've heard some variant of "why do bad things happen to good people?" many times, but never "they don't."
 Phlegmaticman wrote:

No one has compared her to Kate Bush since 2008.

 
{#Lol}
use your inhaler, Tori!
 MrsTom wrote:
I'm just here for the comments.....
 
No one has compared her to Kate Bush since 2008.
I'm just here for the comments.....
 handyrae wrote:

My problem with Tori Amos isn't so much that she feels she's smarter and more sensitive than her audience (which she probably is), but that she goes out of her way to let everyone know just how smart and sensitive she is.
 

My problem with her is her music is offensive to my ears. I really don't give a damn whether she is smart or what she is even saying. If I don't like her voice or the music, what difference does it make? She is not a politician or policymaker, she is a musician and her music sucks to me. That is all.
 Stefen wrote:
What is a playboy mommy?
 

"Playboy Mommy dealt with my feelings of rejection - 'wasn't I enough to be your mother, didn't you want me? Well, don't come, then. Go choose some little right-wing Christian for your mother.' It's a human response."

"I was pregnant," she softly states. "I got pregnant on tour, it was a surprise, but I was deeply thrilled about it. I was almost three months pregnant... Christmas '96... and I miscarried. And it was very difficult. The sorrow was just really deep. I know some people who've gone through it and they move on quickly. Everybody responds differently to a loss. I got quite attached to the spirit of this being....It was a girl. That's why on Playboy Mommy, I sing, Don't judge me so harsh little girl. I had so many responses to it before I could get to the place where I am now. You see people hit their kids in stores and you just go, What force of judgment gives these people these little lives? I have a lot of questions right now. I know it's a free-will planet. Things happen. But you know that saying, Bad things don't happen to good people? That's a painful lie, and it hits you on such a core level. I know now that I have an appreciation for the miracle of life that I didn't have, but I don't believe in the saying that it all happens for the best... it's just not appropriate."
— Tori; Q Magazine, May 1998

"This woman in Playboy Mommy, she'll swallow. She'll swallow a billion seeds to protect this little girl."



Tori in the morning. It's going to be a good day after all.
Great song, both sad and funny at the same time. This album is one of my faves of Tori's.
sexy smart sassy tori!

What is a playboy mommy?
 Primitive wrote: 

Thanks for sharing.... I think
 handyrae wrote:

My problem with Tori Amos isn't so much that she feels she's smarter and more sensitive than her audience (which she probably is), but that she goes out of her way to let everyone know just how smart and sensitive she is.
 

yeah, i wish more musicians would go out of their way to show just how idiotic and insenstive they are. that would make music way more AWESOME!


 rrmusicguy wrote:


I've never had much truck with artists who feel they are SO much smarter and more sensitive than their audience. Blech.

 
My problem with Tori Amos isn't so much that she feels she's smarter and more sensitive than her audience (which she probably is), but that she goes out of her way to let everyone know just how smart and sensitive she is.


IMHO — best song from an underappreciated album.
 rrmusicguy wrote:


What do you know about my attention span or my ability to appreciate complex ideas? Hmmm? I've listened plenty to Tori Amos...wincing the entire time. To quote someone who was dragged to one of her shows by his wife, "I'd rather have spikes driven into my ears than have to endure a torture session like that again." I've never had much truck with artists who feel they are SO much smarter and more sensitive than their audience. Blech.

 

I met Tori at one of her concerts. Don't care if you like her music but she does not project a "more sensitive, smarter" image at all. She is very happy to meet her fans at the end of shows. She recieved a very long line of people and spent a moment with each of us in the cold drizzle during the fall in Syracuse NY. Maybe she is just genuinely smarter and more sensitive?
Love this!!!!!

She always sounds like she is making up the lyrics as she sings.
 rrmusicguy wrote:


What do you know about my attention span or my ability to appreciate complex ideas? Hmmm? I've listened plenty to Tori Amos...wincing the entire time. To quote someone who was dragged to one of her shows by his wife, "I'd rather have spikes driven into my ears than have to endure a torture session like that again." I've never had much truck with artists who feel they are SO much smarter and more sensitive than their audience. Blech.


 

  Wo, back up excitable boy {#Stop}, just a song afterall...

2 questions:

The music aside, is your friend blind...or gay?

WTF is blech?
 Moak wrote:


Yeah, Tori's songwriting may be a little too complex for your ears or attention span to deal with.  Actually I don't think you listened well at all to this one.  The melody is gorgeous, sad and moving, perfect for the story she tells.


 

What do you know about my attention span or my ability to appreciate complex ideas? Hmmm? I've listened plenty to Tori Amos...wincing the entire time. To quote someone who was dragged to one of her shows by his wife, "I'd rather have spikes driven into my ears than have to endure a torture session like that again." I've never had much truck with artists who feel they are SO much smarter and more sensitive than their audience. Blech.

 rrmusicguy wrote:

I seriously think she goes over every song she writes and makes sure she sucks anything remotely like a melody out of it before she records it. Is there a tune in here somewhere??


 

Yeah, Tori's songwriting may be a little too complex for your ears or attention span to deal with.  Actually I don't think you listened well at all to this one.  The melody is gorgeous, sad and moving, perfect for the story she tells.

jmpeck wrote:
At the moment I can't think of another artist on RP that elicits such passionate discourse.


Natalie Merchant?

I seriously think she goes over every song she writes and makes sure she sucks anything remotely like a melody out of it before she records it. Is there a tune in here somewhere??
hippiechick wrote:
Sad song, about the baby she lost. Love you Tori!
... yea :cry: so poignant! Luv U 2
SuperWeh wrote: Nothing says subtlety like all upper case text!
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!!!!
Where's that coffee spewing smiley?
Sad song, about the baby she lost. Love you Tori!
Sounds like "Cornflake Girl" singing added to Jeff Buckley's "Dancing in the Moonlight" cover.
Agreed! Well put. jmpeck wrote:
At the moment I can't think of another artist on RP that elicits such passionate discourse. I've always thought that this was the sign of a true artist for to them nothing is as offensive as indifference.
I agree, Bill. It's also used at the beginning of "Purple People", track 13 of disc 2 on the To Venus and Back album. Nifty sound... BillG wrote:
I do believe that's a harmonium - an acoustic keyboard reed instrument (vaguely related to the accordion, though with pedals rather than a squeeze box). It's commonly used in Indian folk music, & some gypsy & Eastern European music. Lovely sound, I've always thought. Wikipedia: click here.
Tori-Tori-Tori..crappy movie great artist!
SuperWeh wrote:
Nothing says subtlety like all upper case text!
YOU GOT THAT RIGHT!!!!!
I thought it sounded familiar, but even after hearing lots of harmonium clips, including Tori herself playing one in concert, the sound at the opening of this track still sounds like a synth... I defer to your knowledge on this one, however, since I'm clearly not a Tori fan...but I'm still suspicious :-) EDIT: I went to Tori's site, and she linked to Everything Tori which contains details on past albums/songs. Looking in the song credits, I see Kurzweil, but not Harmonium - so I'm pretty sure it's a cheap synth knock-off (even though Kurzweil electric pianos aren't too cheap) of a harmonium, and that's likely why it's grating to me. I'm really sorry if I'm coming across as a know-it-all, but I knew there was something about the opening of this song that didn't sound right. Ciao, Daniel BillG wrote:
I do believe that's a harmonium - an acoustic keyboard reed instrument (vaguely related to the accordion, though with pedals rather than a squeeze box). It's commonly used in Indian folk music, & some gypsy & Eastern European music. Lovely sound, I've always thought. Wikipedia: click here.
jmpeck wrote:
At the moment I can't think of another artist on RP that elicits such passionate discourse. I've always thought that this was the sign of a true artist for to them nothing is as offensive as indifference.
insightful!
ploafmaster wrote:
WTF? I've never been a Tori fan, but I at least acknowledge her piano chops. So why ON EARTH would she open one of her songs with fakey-crap synth sounds? The contrast between cheesy instrument sounds and her natural acoustic piano playing is more grating than I can bear.
I do believe that's a harmonium - an acoustic keyboard reed instrument (vaguely related to the accordion, though with pedals rather than a squeeze box). It's commonly used in Indian folk music, & some gypsy & Eastern European music. Lovely sound, I've always thought. Wikipedia: click here.
jmpeck wrote:
At the moment I can't think of another artist on RP that elicits such passionate discourse. I've always thought that this was the sign of a true artist for to them nothing is as offensive as indifference.
Nice comment
WTF? I've never been a Tori fan, but I at least acknowledge her piano chops. So why ON EARTH would she open one of her songs with fakey-crap synth sounds? The contrast between cheesy instrument sounds and her natural acoustic piano playing is more grating than I can bear.
Oh good. Time for a bathroom break.
At the moment I can't think of another artist on RP that elicits such passionate discourse. I've always thought that this was the sign of a true artist for to them nothing is as offensive as indifference.
I found more girls that always loved Tori. She probably identifies more with the females. I think her music is great, but brings my mood down and I like to listen to her when I am not too happy.
vallatese wrote:
Tori is ok, but IMHO, she's really Kate Bush Light.
NOT!
this song is so heartbreaking. tori, your are beautiful!
Good song :biggrin:
kmh wrote:
TORIS MUSIC,TO ME, IS LIKE A PAINTING,,, YOU NEED TO STUDY THE SOUNDSCAPE & LAYERS UNTIL YOU SEE THE BEAUTIFUL SUBTLETIES... YOU WON'T "GET IT" STRAIGHT AWAY...
Nothing says subtlety like all upper case text! Don't know which I find more annoying, TA herself or her followers...
Tori is ok, but IMHO, she's really Kate Bush Light.
bkrontz wrote:
Eddie Vedder is easier to understand... and bitches a lot less.
TORIS MUSIC,TO ME, IS LIKE A PAINTING,,, YOU NEED TO STUDY THE SOUNDSCAPE & LAYERS UNTIL YOU SEE THE BEAUTIFUL SUBTLETIES... YOU WON'T "GET IT" STRAIGHT AWAY...
Eddie Vedder is easier to understand... and bitches a lot less.
FANTASTIC SONG!!! Thanks for playing it.
I LOVE HER... I'LL SHOUT IT FROM THE ROOF TOPS! DID YOU HEAR ME??? :yell: SHE'S AMAZING....
One of my favorites. Love you Tori!
B-dub wrote:
the lyrics never make any sense so it doesn't really matter if they are unique or special to each song. :yawn:
THE LYRICS ARE ABOUT HER MISCARRIAGE
Dianyla wrote:
Yes, I agree. The lyrics might be unique and special to each song, but the music always sounds the same.
the lyrics never make any sense so it doesn't really matter if they are unique or special to each song. :yawn:
stubbsz wrote:
I thought Bill was only playing one song... ...no my mistake.
Yes, I agree. The lyrics might be unique and special to each song, but the music always sounds the same.
Keep it up RP. More Tori Angloray wrote:
I will admit there is a lot of Tori on RP, though. I'd understand if the # of Tori songs played got scaled back a bit. :(
Ughhh! Less Tawdry Anus. A 2.
Back to back dream girls...Sarah and Tori...Nice... :sunny.gif:
Love it! :music:
I will admit there is a lot of Tori on RP, though. I'd understand if the # of Tori songs played got scaled back a bit. :(
Love Tori, but I can see why a lot of listeners don't. She does go over the top sometimes. Speaking of over the top, how about playing some of her biggest influence, KATE BUSH? Huh? How 'bout it?
fusionmuze wrote:
:nodhead: Tori, Tori, Tori, She on my list to see live, I think she's grown over the years, and I like where she's going, I too don't have a clue what 1/2 her songs are about...but it's that way with Seal as well. ...who cares, great to listen to
as someone who has seen her three times over the last several years (oh boy, here it comes), I can say GO! She's incredible live. She does awesome covers and has a great time with the crowd.
haven't listened to her in quite some time, but this song reminds me why i got into her in the first place... me like.
geavis wrote:
Please play fewer Tori Amos songs.
Bill, I'd be willing to concede playing REM songs more than once per 6 hour set if you would do the same for Tori Amos. Please make it stop. I can only take so much overemoting. :frustrated:
geavis wrote:
Please play fewer Tori Amos songs.
I thought Bill was only playing one song... ...no my mistake.
drH wrote:
Dear Tori, Shut the f*** up. Please. Thank you.
Dear drH, no- you! Thank you Tori
Dear Tori, Shut the f*** up. Please. Thank you.
Tori goooooood. I've been listening to her since I was sixteen. I love her music so much. She is such a unique person and songwriter. :notworthy:
Please play fewer Tori Amos songs.
:nodhead: Tori, Tori, Tori, She on my list to see live, I think she's grown over the years, and I like where she's going, I too don't have a clue what 1/2 her songs are about...but it's that way with Seal as well. ...who cares, great to listen to
Roverfish wrote:
Still waiting for her sound to evolve from the first album... :frustrated:
Huh? This song, and Choir Girl are nothing like Little Earthquakes. For that matter, neither are any of her other records. Frankly up through Choir Girl, every album is fairly unique, IMO.
This songs always moves me to tears. Its awesome how Tori can sing so beautifully about such terrible things.
SHE\'S THE BEST. GOT IT?
Still waiting for her sound to evolve from the first album... :frustrated:
:frustrated:
I don\'t think this is her best work, but it\'s still one of my guilty pleasures (good to sing along to :oops:) and it\'s from one of my favourite Tori albums. I grew up with kids who had Playboy Mommies and envied their \'freedom\'--to which my defensive mommy claimed that they didn\'t love their kids enough to be virtuous authority figures, but I knew that love wasn\'t the missing element. (Maturity, maybe? Experience?) Tori apparently gets it.
Originally Posted by nicko: and is there a more divisive artist than tori amos, nominations anyone? n
That's a pretty f*ckin long list 'round here.
:oops: had to be at the comments board.
:clap: You can never have too much Tori! More Tori! Thanks for playing all of those new songs. :notworthy: Radio Paradise Rules!
I like Tori, but I hear way too much of her on this station. Please consider reducing her contributions to the playlist.
Thank you. When you play TORI it makes my work day far more bearable. I love this song. She even makes her pain beautiful.
Another "rollo" song..., but beautiful anyway
In case you haven't read all the way to the bottom of this page..
Originally Posted by Dawn: Pass the cup o' tea this way! I love this song. The lyrics have made me cry more than once. This woman isn't afraid to put her most painful, personal feelings out into the world. This one is about her miscarriage, sort of a way to say goodbye to the baby she never got to have. Hard enough to go through that, but to sing about it? She blows my mind, sometimes. I'm not a mother and have never been pregnant, but she made me feel her loss. So evocative.
Thanks for the background, Dawn.
What heavy breathing! This must be heartfelt.
Originally Posted by Diatribe: I wonder is this song is another attack on Courntey Love.
Wow, Diatribe, thanks for the insight. It kinda makes sense. I really like Tori but I have a really hard time trying to figure out what the f**k her songs are about! :cool:
I wonder is this song is another attack on Courntey Love. She and Miss Love have had a long, checkered history. Courtney ripped into Tori to the music press for covering \"Smells like Teen Spirit\" around the time it came out 91/92. Ever since, they\'ve been pretty bitter toward each other, and Tori even took several shots at her in the song off \"Boys for Pele\" called \"Professional Widow\". This smells like another shot fired accross the port-side bow of USS Courtney.
i put the emFAcis on the wrong syLAble. that gets almost as old as hearing tori\'s & natalie\'s lyrics & pretentiousness.
first time i have heard this song, i keep hearing \"cornflake girl\" at a slightly different speed. and is there a more divisive artist than tori amos, nominations anyone? n
Tori...what can I say. Her songs have been there through so many stages in my life. They have touched my soul.
Keep \'em coming! Fits in well with the \'paradise\' playlist. :p