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Tori Amos — A Sorta Fairytale
Album: Scarlet's Walk
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Released: 2002
Length: 5:25
Plays (last 30 days): 1
On my way up north, up on the Ventura
I pulled back the hood and I was talking to you
And I knew then it would be a life long thing
But I didn't know that we, we could break a silver lining

And I'm so sad
Like a good book I can't put this day back
A sorta fairytale with you
A sorta fairytale with you

Things you said that day up on the 101
The girl had come undone, I tried to downplay it
With a bet about us, you said that you'd take it
As long as I could, I could not erase it

And I'm so sad
Like a good book I can't put this day back
A sorta fairytale with you
A sorta fairytale with you

And I ride along side
And I rode along side you then
And I rode along side
Till you lost me there in the open road
And I rode along side
Till the honey spread itself so thin
For me to break your bread
For me to take your word
I had to steal it

And I'm so sad
Like a good book I can't put this day back
A sorta fairytale with you
A sorta fairytale with you
I could pick back up whenever I feel

Down New Mexico way
Something about the open road
I knew that he was
Looking for some Indian blood
And find a little in you
Find a little in me
We may be on this road
But we're just impostors in this country you know
So we go along and we said we'd fake it
Feel better with Oliver Stone
Till I almost smacked him
Seemed right that night
I don't know what takes hold
Out there in the desert cold
These guys think they must
Try and just get over on us

And I'm so sad
like a good book I can't put this day back
A sorta fairytale with you
A sorta fairytale with you

And I was riding by
Riding along side
For a while till you lost me
And I was riding by
Riding along till you lost me
Till you lost me in the rear view
You lost me I said

Way up north I took my day
All in all was a pretty nice day
And I put the hood right back where
You could taste heaven perfectly
Feel out the summer breeze
Didn't know when we'd be back
And I, I don't, didn't think
We'd end up like, like this
Comments (238)add comment
 SmackDaddy wrote:
Well this bit is crazy:

Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person ever to have been admitted. She was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination".
 
Another Mozart?!
 neptunejeff wrote:
This is one of her better constructed  pop crossover  "hits".
 

So THAT'S why this is the first Tori Amos song I've actually liked. Cool!
This is one of her better constructed  pop crossover  "hits".
 alexmwalker wrote:

Yeah, bad news. She was caught diminishing a bunch of minors.
 
That joke sure fell flat.
 SmackDaddy wrote:
She was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination".
 
Yeah, bad news. She was caught diminishing a bunch of minors.
I feel like Tori Amos is good music to have on in the background
when you're doing the housework. I don't mean that in a bad way. 

Always been a Tori fan!
her one trick is misandry.
 OkieRich wrote:

How's about we judge her on the merits of her music rather than her photogenic attributes.
 

what makes you think that he/she is judging anything else than that photo?
 mrselfdestruct wrote:
That wikipedia picture is awful.
 
How's about we judge her on the merits of her music rather than her photogenic attributes.
it's taken me a long time to come around to Tori, but I have. on the surface a lot of the songs kinda sound alike - there's this thing in my head that pops up and says "there's another Tori song" - but the more I listen to it, it's... complex, and soothing. 
 SmackDaddy wrote:
Well this bit is crazy:

Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person ever to have been admitted. She was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination".
 

she was a rebel!
This is about the only song I like by her, but in general too much Tori is played on RP.  It feels like the Tori Amos pandora playlist.  Lots of skipping when she's on.
Well this bit is crazy:

Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University at the age of five, the youngest person ever to have been admitted. She was expelled at the age of 11 for what Rolling Stone described as "musical insubordination".
Ah, I thought she sang, 'it's a soda fairytale'...
 (Banned) wrote:
Too much estrogen.
 
 
Too little brains.
There is a real continuum to Tori's albums.  This is one her best  besides Boys for Pele.   Some of her albums don't really roll from start to finish and she was never the type of musician to release "SINGLE HITS" to promote her albums.  Either you were into the whole album or not.
SO,    when you play a track like this  you  might think   "EH!"  but listening to single tracks  takes her work out of context.....for this album especially.
That wikipedia picture is awful.
A.M.O.S. = A Mediocre Overrated Singer?
I so don't want to like Tori Amos. I saw one of her videos once, and she was SO dramatic and over-the-top. Just not my cup of tea.
 
But I do so like Tori Amos.
 
Spine-tingling.
A sorta thang that makes me yawn.
Nice story, Tori.
quite excellent artist
Like the whole album. Most of her stuff just plain annoys me, but this is just really good.
Good book.
Inspiring....
Zomg...a Tori Amos song thatI actually liked. The sky is falling.
 ppopp wrote:
Took me a while to get into Tori Amos, but once I started really listening, it was very apparent what the code was to unlock the magic behind her music. It really is worth the time spent doing so. Little Earthquakes, Scarlet's Walk and Unrepentant Geraldines are master-pieces.

 
I totally agree with your assesment. Fortunately, I discovered the magic behind her music with Little Earthquakes. It waned a little for me in recent years, but I'm still a fan. A Sorta Fairytale is one of my personal favorites though (including the sleeve cover).
 ppopp wrote:
Took me a while to get into Tori Amos, but once I started really listening, it was very apparent what the code was to unlock the magic behind her music. It really is worth the time spent doing so. Little Earthquakes, Scarlet's Walk and Unrepentant Geraldines are master-pieces.

 
So what is the code? ghb?
Took me a while to get into Tori Amos, but once I started really listening, it was very apparent what the code was to unlock the magic behind her music. It really is worth the time spent doing so. Little Earthquakes, Scarlet's Walk and Unrepentant Geraldines are master-pieces.
Had the wedding dance on this song :) 
where ya goin in that sunday dress girl? {#Smile}
man, incredible; a TA song that doesn't annoy the f out of me, this one is actually quite bearable, maybe because it's not whining about something or other as much..
Love long-scale bass here.
 NeilBlanchard wrote:
My favorite Tori Amos song; most are meh, but this one is pretty good!

 
Agree with this, but don't like her work normally.  I'd like her to do more restrained stuff like this more often.  This is very enjoyable to my ears.
My favorite Tori Amos song; most are meh, but this one is pretty good!

I see the title says 'sorta' but at times Tori sounds she's saying 'soda' or 'sordid'.  Kinda' changes the meaning ...
Most mediocre overplayed artist on RP.
More like a sorta crappy song.  Only a 2 from me
This moves me.
 Magic_JM wrote:
it doesn't particularly move me.

 

I  agree but it doesn't disgust me either.
it doesn't particularly move me.
She's good when she doesn't try too hard to be quirky.
I'm iffy on this girl, but I quite like this one, it has very nice balance
The goosebumps emoticon should be invented for this song!
Too much estrogen.
 
She is one of those artists I've never listened to much, but this song is making me think I should investigate further. This is very nice.
 hippiechick wrote:
I love this song, and I love Tori.
 
Indeed...  this song is marvelous...
 guielmo wrote:

do you think that you are obsessed with her/ her music?

 
I can easily see how many could become "obsessed" with Tori and/or her songs, as well as many others'. I've come close.
Most Soothing.
I love this song, and I love Tori.
 fredriley wrote:
Me, I thought it was "a soda fairytale" until I looked at the song title . . .
 
Once upon a time a magic wizard named "Doctor Pepper" lived in the a faraway place called Pepperland . . .
(wait a minute)
 hippiechick wrote:
I have seen Tori 7 times, loved every show. Love Tori!

 
do you think that you are obsessed with her/ her music?

 
 fredriley wrote:

Me, I thought it was "a soda fairytale" until I looked at the song title. Nice song, nice voice. I'm going kinda sweet on Tori Amos. 8 from the smitten Nottingham jury {#Hearteyes}
 
my favorite soda fairytale was a video game:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brave_Fencer_Musashi#Plot

Everybody in my church loves this song...
 
Beautiful!
It's a pity she doesn't compose such beautiful things anymore these days....
In just a few minutes, this song grew on me, going from 'nice' to 'wow, I want this to go on'!
Upgrading from initial 7 to 8.

Exceptionally good music the past 100 minutes.

COMPLIMENT RP!


Not a huge Tori fan, I find her voice can be a little grating, but I really like the performance more than the song. The way she interleaves the harmonies on several of her songs is very nice. A lot like some of Joni Mitchell's earler work but not as pop. Hard to articulate I guess. A little "muzacy" but not in a bad way.
love love love it. warms the heart. :o)
Wow, the same Tori song twice in the same hour!

I prefer to listen to songs that aren't performed by Tori Amos.


 abbey_normal wrote:
I swear she's saying "I sewed a fairytale.."
 
Me, I thought it was "a soda fairytale" until I looked at the song title. Nice song, nice voice. I'm going kinda sweet on Tori Amos. 8 from the smitten Nottingham jury {#Hearteyes}
Deja Vu
Still, I'm just happy it's not that g-d Morphine song.
 
Merritt wrote:
Agreed, I listen to RP all the time and I cannot recall this happening before.  
 

jnesser wrote:
ok, what's going on with the same loop of songs playing less than an hour later??
 
 


... and here I was thinking, cool, Tori Amos twice in an hour!
Agreed, I listen to RP all the time and I cannot recall this happening before.  
 

jnesser wrote:
ok, what's going on with the same loop of songs playing less than an hour later??
 


There's a glitch in the matrix!
Same 3 in a row after an hour? 

Bill, I think your magic internet machine is broken! 
ok, what's going on with the same loop of songs playing less than an hour later??


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...
 ckcotton wrote:
I AM AMAZED.... this Tori song doesn't suck
  
I am too!, miracles sometimes occur...
Tori has lots of amazing tracks but this is easily in my top 5. Kudos to Bill for his amazing ability to choose the best of the best.
One of my favorite songs all times!
Thanks!
This Is Such GOOD music!!{#Bananasplit}
Tori is an NC girl at heart.  Points for that.{#Music}
omg.
i actually like a tori song.
the world may be coming to an end...
Me too.

 
eroz wrote:

One of my favorite Tori songs. Always enjoy listening to it on RP.

 


 tkosh wrote:
Love her, or not love her—this is a beautiful song!
 

But lately, her stuff is collectively played way too much....

One of my favorite Tori songs. Always enjoy listening to it on RP.


Logged onto RP to donate, but then this song started playing and thought better of it.
Just kidding, going to donate. 
Love her, or not love her—this is a beautiful song!
There is no rational reason for my comment, but I cannot stand Tori.  I like pretty much any artist at some point. I liked her years ago, but for some reason she grates on my nerves now.
Nice surprise to hear my favorite artist this morning on your show! Thank you!
Thank you Bill, for playing this beautiful song, and thanks to whoever uploaded it.

I am drastically ambivalent about Tori. When I can stand her at all, I adore her.  {#Ask}
I AM AMAZED.... this Tori song doesn't suck
J'adore Tori
Tori is one of those artists who get a lot of hate on RP. I've always loved her. This is probably my favorite song of hers.
 abbey_normal wrote:
I swear she's saying "I sewed a fairytale.."
 
finally, a sane voice.....after all these years I'm going to change my rating from 9 to 8.   Just to see if it matters.

The lyrics alone.......... and then the melody.  I have always loved this song.  Thanks Bill.
one of those songs that immediately puts me in a time and place (winter walks with the discman in point pleasant park). 
I swear she's saying "I sewed a fairytale.."
 MiracleDrug wrote:
{#Sleep}
 
I agree. Not at all compelling.

{#Sleep}
I thought this was a Tori sound-alike. Not one of her best efforts.
I have seen Tori 7 times, loved every show. Love Tori!

 fredriley wrote:

Great pic! Where did you get that from? That's some artist who's drawn that.
 
Looks like they found it on a Tori Amos fan site.  The artist's name is credited as Paulina Stuckey, and there's a link to her website from there.

*Shudder*
blech
Ah, it's the Tori Amos classic "A Soda Fairytale".  
 
Saw her last summer in Toronto, dragged along by my adult daughter. My gosh, the 'sound' is remarkable. She came out with only a drummer and a guitarist/jack-of-all-trades dude; her keyboards were arranged in the centre of the stage - about six of them. Really, it was something. Powerful. Completely be-dazzled me that night.
didn't she become more mainstream over the years? the song is great but i miss her screams...
 Mandible wrote:

 
Great pic! Where did you get that from? That's some artist who's drawn that.


Nice tune!  Some of the melody reminds me of "Pass (past?) the Mission."
A particularly great Tori song.

One of the best songs of all time.
 hippiechick wrote:
I still just love this song so much!
 
We disagree on much, I've noticed, but are of one on this.

I still just love this song so much!
what ever happened to the old music video of this song, the one with her and an older gentleman?? I liked it better than the
weird version they have out now.
This song fits today right now for me perfectly...
Simply. Awesome. {#Sunny}
I: ..Driving along the Ventura? Would that be the freeway?
T: Yes, I did it many times. I lived here for almost eight years.
I: That's the 101. So talk about this song; go ahead.
T: Well, this is the second song on the album.
—Tori; Star 98.7 Interview, 08/19/02

I:
You directly attack Oliver Stone- the song says that he deserves to be slapped. What will he say about that?
T: He's either got a sense of humour or he hasn't. He represents certain things. He then wanted to use my song Me And A Gun for his film Natural Born Killers, and he had many reasons, but in the end I couldn't accept them. I have this problem with Hollywood directors who want to play god. I don't like that attitude with priests, presidents or others either. I just had to reply to that. Now I keep meeting Oliver by chance, on airplanes and such. Weird. We both went so different ways and yet they keep overlapping again and again.
— Tori; Rolling Stone (German), Oct 2002

 islander wrote:
Something is wrong. This is Tori Amos, yet this doesn't suck.
 

I'm no Tori Amos expert, but it's my impression that this is her most commercial album.
 Lazy_Lightning wrote:
Maybe I'm just going crazy, but this is defninitely a longer version and/or with different lyrics.  It's definitely different from the version I own.

 
The shorter version you're talking about is the radio edit (i.e., what you hear in the video, what they would always play on the radio, the single mix, etc.) The album (and official single version) is this longer version. there's an extra bit, plus a chorus and bridge (if I remember correctly) that differentiates the two versions.

Something is wrong. This is Tori Amos, yet this doesn't suck.
Maybe I'm just going crazy, but this is defninitely a longer version and/or with different lyrics.  It's definitely different from the version I own.

 physastro2050 wrote:
{#Music} I love the video of this song, its creepy but very cool

 

Wow, they still make videos?

I can honestly say that the only new music video I have seen in the past 10 years (at least) has been "Heart's A Mess" by Gotye and that is only because someone in RP linked it. Where do you see videos these days, other than Youtube?
I heard she wrote this song about late makeup artist:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevyn_Aucoin
That's her in the photo as a native american. Her grandfather was cherokee.
{#Music} I love the video of this song, its creepy but very cool

beautiful..
didn't know who it was..
sounds different..softer production.
i love it.
I bought her first album out of sheer impulse. Not bad, but never really sunk in. Now, with this song, she pulls me back in with the same urging. I don't agree about the rest of the album, though IMHO.

This song is stellar and stands on its own.