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Tori Amos — Rattlesnakes
Album: Strange Little Girls
Avg rating:
6.1

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Total ratings: 399









Released: 2001
Length: 3:54
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Jodie wears a hat although it hasn't rained for six days
She says a girl needs a gun these days
Hey, on account of those rattlesnakes
Hey, on account of those rattlesnakes

She looks like Eve Marie Saint
In ''"On The Waterfront"''
She reads Simone de Beauvoir
In her American circumstance

She's less than sure if her heart has come
To stay in San Jose
And her neverborn child still haunts her now
As she speeds down the freeway

As she tries her luck with the traffic police
Out of boredom more than spite
She never finds no trouble, she tries too hard
She's oblivious despite herself

She looks like Eve Marie Saint
In ''"On The Waterfront"''
She says all she needs is therapy
All you need is love is all you need

Jodie never sleeps 'cause
There are always needles in the hay, hey
She says that a girl needs a gun these days
Hey, on account of all the rattlesnake
Hey, on account of the rattlesnakes

She looks like Eve Marie Saint
In ''"On The Waterfront"''
She reads Simone de Beauvoir
In her American circumstance

Her heart's like crazy paving
Upside down and back to front
She says ooh, it's so hard to love
When love was your great disappointment

Hey, on account of all the rattlesnakes
She says that a girl needs a gun these days
A girl needs a gun these days
Hey, on account of all the rattlesnakes
Hey, on account of all the rattlesnakes
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Superb interpretation of the Lloyd Cole original
 keenevision wrote:
Originally gave this a 5. Then read the lyrics. Say what you will, Tori is a hell of a lyricist. Now at an 8.
 
Pretty sure Lloyd Cole wrote this one back in the 80s. He's pretty darn awesome. 
Best we leave this one to Lloyd Cole...
 keenevision wrote:
Originally gave this a 5. Then read the lyrics. Say what you will, Tori is a hell of a lyricist. Now at an 8.
 
It's a Lloyd Cole song.  But I love the way Tori does it.  I'm definitely in the minority here.
Originally gave this a 5. Then read the lyrics. Say what you will, Tori is a hell of a lyricist. Now at an 8.
 rtrt wrote:
And not a single Lloyd Cole & the Commotions tune on here - thats tough to believe...
 
I can think of five lloyd Cole songs that should be on this feed; Jennifer She Said, From the Hip, Rattlesnakes, Are you Ready to be Heartbroken, Mister Malcontent, Perfect Skin,  Down on Mission Street, Lost Weekend...   ...oh...   that's eight...
One trick pony, and a marginal trick at that.
 greiffenstein wrote:

I suppose the beauty of RP is that it is so inclusive.  But sweet Jesus in a Manger, I could use a lot less TA in my RP as well {#Pray}
 
completely agree!
 aspicer wrote:

Now that you say it - YEAH - what's up with that Bill?! 
 

Yep. Something from "Dont get weird on me babe"  would work well in the mellow mix.
 rtrt wrote:
And not a single Lloyd Cole & the Commotions tune on here - thats tough to believe...
 
Now that you say it - YEAH - what's up with that Bill?! 
I'm usually not that harsh on covers that take a different vibe on a song, but she sucked the life out of this like a black widow does to a fly.
This is killing all music. Please make it stop! 
Compared to the Lloyd Cole original, Tori Amos is mellowing my harsh.  Cole's witty mockery becomes just sad. 
 Please STOP playing Tore Me Anus!!!
Well, this starts out FABULOUSLY with headphones ...
And not a single Lloyd Cole & the Commotions tune on here - thats tough to believe...
 PetriWessman wrote:
I love Tori, but I have to say that the Lloyd Cole original is miles better than this. How about playing that sometime? ;)

 
As true now as it was in 2003
I feel a little out of place, but this what I've been waiting for from Ms Amos.  I knew she had it in her to produce something tasty.  I think this is great ...
 yashpheh wrote:
Waaaaay too much TA on RP...
 
I suppose the beauty of RP is that it is so inclusive.  But sweet Jesus in a Manger, I could use a lot less TA in my RP as well {#Pray}
 Vicey wrote:
Funny how when you slow down irony it somehow becomes pretension. Play Lloyd Cole.
  My thoughts exactly! That was PAINFUL!!!!

Waaaaay too much TA on RP... :roll:
Aach-y pooey! MUCH less Story Aimless! A 1. muted
'Torri covers'?...Sums it up really...Bring back Kate Bush!.....
Funny how when you slow down irony it somehow becomes pretension. Play Lloyd Cole.
I love Tori, but I have to say that the Lloyd Cole original is miles better than this. How about playing that sometime? ;)
The original is exponentially better... Although this is not too bad either ;)
:clap: This is one of my favorite Tori covers. I think its a beautiful song. Its just amazing when she does it in concert. I wish she performed it more...
Tori rocks, this song is okay and this album was rather boring. Love everything else by her though. CWH
Another example of an artist who is a prisoner of style. She should stick to her own material so we wouldn\'t know how much better a song could be.
Originally Posted by PhysicsGenius: Ouch. This song is literally painful in headphones.
you got'em on too huh? :cry:
She only gets a \"2\" because she decided to cover a great song. Unfortunately, she thoroughly stripped all the heart, soul, and drive out of it. If Lloyd Cole was dead, he\'d be whirling in his grave. This is just another reason why someone should drive a spike through Tori Anus\'s forehead. :frustrated:
Ouch. This song is literally painful in headphones.
This is one case when I wish I could give a song two ratings: one for performer and one for composer. I\'d give a lower rating for the former and a higher one for the latter here.
Pretentious? Moi? ;)
It\'s nice to see that Lloyd Cole has not been completely forgotten. Tori offers a pretty good cover, but maybe we could have a spin of Lloyd\'s original.
nice - two songs from the same album in two hours ;) Better than \"Strange Little Girl\"...
Yikes! Tori sure has a lot of power over folks. She must know right where that nerve is. All I know is that at cube volume, this song hardly exists beyond the monotone background that makes the speaker hum.
I wish some rattlesnakes would take a few bites out of her.... :eek:
Tori is HARDLY godlike. I do like the majority of her songs however. This song\'s pretty good.
tori doing lloyd cole. now, that\'s hilarious. i bet he\'s banging his head on a wall somewhere when he hears this. i know i had to stop myself from doing so. of course, her voice always has that effect on me. :roll:
What is this, the Tori Amos Radio Station? I was already sick of this chick 7 or 8 years ago. Now I\'m hearing her damn near every day on this station. Argh!
Being a huge Tori fan, I immediately purchased this album when it came out. At first I didn\'t like it much. As I listened to the songs, the message they present makes them as deep and meaningful as her own songs. I certainly enjoy this album much more now that it has grown on me. Of course I gave this song a 10, just because Tori is a god, thus her songs are godlike... :)
love that major-chord chorus
This, along with the title track are definitely the high points on SLG, which is not one of Tori's better albums...but I guess it got her out of her contract with Altantic :D
Originally Posted by noladq: Great song, but I prefer the original by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. Tori doesn't do a great job with this cover...
So how is the original different? I'd never evven heard of Lloyd Cole et.al. before this album, and even then only from reading press, since there's no mention on the album, as I recall. Kevin
Great song, but I prefer the original by Lloyd Cole and the Commotions. Tori doesn\'t do a great job with this cover...