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Tori Amos — The Beekeeper
Album: The Beekeeper
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Released: 2005
Length: 6:48
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Flaxen hair blowing in the breeze
It is time for the geese to head south
I have come with my mustard seed
I cannot accept that she will be taken from me

"Do you know who I am," she said
"I'm the one who taps you on the shoulder when it's your time
Don't be afraid I promise that she will awake
Tomorrow somewhere
Tomorrow somewhere"

Wrap yourself around the Tree of Life
And the Dance of the Infinity of the Hive
Take this message to Michael

I will comb myself into chains
In between the tap dance clan
And your ballerina gang
I have come for the Beekeeper
I know you want my, you want my Queen
Anything but this
Can you use me instead?

"Do you know who I am," she said
"I'm the one who taps you on the shoulder when it's your time
Don't be afraid I promise that she will awake
Tomorrow somewhere
Tomorrow somewhere"

In your gown with your breathing mask on
Plugged into a heart machine
As if you ever needed one
I must see the Beekeeper
I must see if she'll keep her alive
Call Engine Forty Nine
I have come with my mustard seed

"Do you know who I am," she said
"I'm the one who taps you on the shoulder when it's your time
Don't be afraid I promise that she will awake
Tomorrow somewhere
Tomorrow somewhere"

Maybe I'm passing you by
Just passing you by, girl
I'm just passing you by
On my way
On my way
I'm just passing you by
But don't be confused
One day I'll be coming for you
I must see the Beekeeper
I must see the Beekeeper
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I really like the low-key quality to this song. Opposite of in your face, and that's nice because I need my personal space.
Not my favorite song of hers. But Tori is an amazing artist. Glad to see her played.
it's about her mom
"in your gown, with your breathing mask on"
Her mother is still alive today though. She survived.

What does it mean, "I have come with my mustard seed"??
 aly25 wrote:
Psh, who doesn't like Tori Amos.
 
Me.  I'll accept that she's talented, but really, I could never hear anything from her again and be fine with it.

My cue to  .... {#Sleep}
I'll never have enough of Tori...keep her comin'.  {#War} 
It's really not fair to play this at three in the afternoon (EST). I'm having enough trouble staying awake, and then Tori starts into this lullaby and I'm yawning. Love the song, but in about 8 hours. kthx.

unmistakable..
she is a unique artist.

 Wisecrowe wrote:
This is so boring. I could never get into her. I think she's a talent, but simply can't get into any of her songs. Wish I could...any suggestions, starting points?
 
Grass, 5.1, and Muse. Really.

 Paul_in_Australia wrote:


So you didnt like it then?

wink

Solo female artistes can struggle to sound individual IMO, and I cant see what the fuss is about Ms Amos. But I would throw water over her if she was on fire. In fact, I think I might throw water over her even if she wasn't on fire!
 
Solo male artists can struggle to sound individual IMO{#Wink}

 betsyroks wrote:
i can hear a girl enjoying her music    love it
 

{#Clap}
i can hear a girl enjoying her music    love it
Wisecrowe wrote:
This is so boring. I could never get into her. I think she's a talent, but simply can't get into any of her songs. Wish I could...any suggestions, starting points?
I first got into her music with Under the Pink... when I listen to it now it takes me right back to that time in my life. Then my co-worker (who I would have never pegged for a Tori Amos fan) turned me on to Scarlet's Walk, which I would recommend even more strongly. The thing with her music is that you have to turn up the volume to immerse yourself in the orchestration... whether it's the symphonic feel of "Yes, Anasthasia" or the rich microphone-right-down-in-the-piano sound of "Cornflake Girl." As for this particular track, I can take it or leave it... but I'm going to remember to put in Scarlet's Walk at work tomorrow.
aly25 wrote:
Psh, who doesn't like Tori Amos.
Me, and a few others. That doesn't make her bad though!
This is so boring. I could never get into her. I think she's a talent, but simply can't get into any of her songs. Wish I could...any suggestions, starting points?
This is not my favorite Tori song (although she is my favorite performer). But she is extraordinarily profound. I read that a "Beekeeper" refers to someone who tends to the gardens of our lives and keeps them pollinated and flourishing.
jadewahoo wrote:
After listening to this unendurable song almoast all the way trhrough, for the sake of being fair, I lowered my rating from a 2 to a 1. Gawd, the final (unending) strain is here. Now my nausea can be relieved.
Word.
Interminably boring. Sheeeesh does this thing EVER end ... :grumpy: :grumpy: :grumpy:
Psh, who doesn't like Tori Amos. I didn't even need to think or breathe before I knew who this was. Great song!
I thought this was about her Mom being ill & afraid she would die.... finding her faith ( mustard seed)..seeking answers in the afterlife...& someday it will be Tori's time to die too,..... hippiechick wrote:
Several songs on this album (like this one) are about her brother being killed in a car accident. You may not like her music, but she is a charming person, an excellent performer, and very generous in helping young women.
Jacksonstat wrote:
The breather lets us get some work done instead of dancing on our desks! As long as the breather doesn't last too long... I don't want to work that much.
Same here, Jacksonstat. It's still a bit of a disappointment when it's time to go back to being a responsible adult.
cattgirl813 wrote:
Not bad for Tori, but this is a real buzzkill after Muddy Waters, CCR, Lucinda Williams, and Mocean Worker. Oh well, the party has to take a breather sometime, doesn't it?
The breather lets us get some work done instead of dancing on our desks! As long as the breather doesn't last too long... I don't want to work that much.
She's doing the "Are you sh*tting me?" pose on the CD cover.
Not bad for Tori, but this is a real buzzkill after Muddy Waters, CCR, Lucinda Williams, and Mocean Worker. Oh well, the party has to take a breather sometime, doesn't it?
After reading 50 of the 97 coments of this song I would like to say this...Tori has true talent!!! I was reading as I listened....
jadewahoo wrote:
After listening to this unendurable song almoast all the way trhrough, for the sake of being fair, I lowered my rating from a 2 to a 1. Gawd, the final (unending) strain is here. Now my nausea can be relieved.
Really, this is one of her songs that I like. And I'm less than 50/50 on them.
After listening to this unendurable song almoast all the way trhrough, for the sake of being fair, I lowered my rating from a 2 to a 1. Gawd, the final (unending) strain is here. Now my nausea can be relieved.
hippiechick wrote:
Several songs on this album (like this one) are about her brother being killed in a car accident. You may not like her music, but she is a charming person, an excellent performer, and very generous in helping young women.
... Yea, and she sings good too! ... :music: ...
too long, too boring.
Several songs on this album (like this one) are about her brother being killed in a car accident. You may not like her music, but she is a charming person, an excellent performer, and very generous in helping young women.
I want to be the beekeeper of this sweet honeybee! :wink: But she also has a nice voice, that's true! :yes:
Steven_G wrote:
Some of these songs really grow on you over time... :music:
How long does it take? :ask:
TORI IS BRILLIANT.
I like this. Is it just me, or does this sound, in spots, "Japanese"? :ask: (I supppose the references to Madonna's Ray of Light are apropos here...) :think: (backscrolling) :think: Sound a bit like Kate Bush? :yes: I agree, and that's not a bad thing.
tiddalick wrote:
For the love of God this woman is abysmal. I wouldn't piss on her if she were on fire.
So you didnt like it then? wink Solo female artistes can struggle to sound individual IMO, and I cant see what the fuss is about Ms Amos. But I would throw water over her if she was on fire. In fact, I think I might throw water over her even if she wasn't on fire!
Steven_G wrote:
Some of these songs really grow on you over time... :music:
Definitely. I'm beginning to warm to it.
Some of these songs really grow on you over time... :music:
this tune was once my wakeup call at ~5:30am between a dream and reality. i ended up humming it all day. not on my favorites list, but it does have a certain nice quality.
redeyespy wrote:
I've been a fan of Tori since the beginning. I even defended the likes of "...choirgirl hotel" and some of the more obtuse pieces. Tori is a victim of her own pretentiousness this time, imo.
fair enough. I absolutely love "from the choirgirl hotel", but to each her own, no?
chillynne wrote:
I dunno about disastrous. I mean, if you cut out the duds like Sweet the Sting, Ireland, the Power of Orange Knickers, and Hoochie Woman, it would be a decent political album, and still 15 songs long. But I agree to some extent—it's definitely my least favorite Tori album.
I've been a fan of Tori since the beginning. I even defended the likes of "...choirgirl hotel" and some of the more obtuse pieces. Tori is a victim of her own pretentiousness this time, imo.
redeyespy wrote:
This is a disastrous album, perhaps her worst. A comeback is essential, Tori.
I dunno about disastrous. I mean, if you cut out the duds like Sweet the Sting, Ireland, the Power of Orange Knickers, and Hoochie Woman, it would be a decent political album, and still 15 songs long. But I agree to some extent—it's definitely my least favorite Tori album.
redeyespy wrote:
This is a disastrous album, perhaps her worst. A comeback is essential, Tori.
A comeback? Are you insane? A summary execution is necessary, but if she sings any more songs my internal organs may spontaneously combust in sheer horror. Ack!
This is a disastrous album, perhaps her worst. A comeback is essential, Tori.
For the love of God this woman is abysmal. I wouldn't piss on her if she were on fire.
Mari wrote:
Now, come on you all, you're sure to get a buzz out of this!.........I know I got Stung by Tori Amos, right inside my being ( ouch, but I like it ! )
Yep im liking this! First time ive heard it and its sweet!
SaintAwesome wrote:
I liked it more than I thought I would.
Me too. Wow. Wonder what the other music on this album is like? Tori has vocal key changes and transitions very similar to Kate Bush on this song.
brokemusician wrote:
So, what would happen if Tori Amos married John Stamos? She would be Tori Amos Stamos. Weird, wouldn't it?
And if they had a line of cookies… Famous Amos Stamos. Oh yeah, don't really care for Amos or Stamos, but I like cookies.
I wish Tori would make a solo piano record - no voice, no other instrumentation. Just piano. Now THAT i bet would be ass-kicking. She's talented undeniably, just don't care for her music. It just has this cold quality to me.
I like it more than I thought I would.
It's an "MTV Buzz Track" . . . with a guest appearance by Sting! :mrgreen: Just kidding! Seriously, I like this one, and I usually don't like Tori.
So, what would happen if Tori Amos married John Stamos? She would be Tori Amos Stamos. Weird, wouldn't it?
Well stated. One thing I appreciate immensely is singers that also write their own music and lyrics. Add to that an ability to play an instrument, and their stock rises in my book. What you describe about her piano playing abilities will have me listening for that when I hear her music again. I was completely unaware of that. Regarding the difficulties of her past, those are weighty matters and I can appreciate them being included in her lyrics. Thanks for the thoughtful reply. :music: chillynne wrote:
I appreciate your civility, a courtesy that's all too rare on these boards. I don't think one can "relegate" Tori to "angry white girrrl" music because she sort of preceded/helped found expressionistic female music. Her piano skills are incontrivertible; she was admitted to the Peabody Conservatory at, I believe, age 5. It's not so much her "daddy" that's influenced her work as her rapist, her multiple miscarriages, and later, her heritage. If you listen to her albums chronologically, you'll see that early in her career she addresses personal issues and later moves on to global issues including politics and religion (although the later is evident all through her career). She has indeed "gotten over" her personal tragedies, something that many of her fans (selfishly) rue. Honestly, you personally may not be missing anything, at least lyrics-wise. The songs either resonate with you or they don't. However, the piano-playing is a force to be reckoned with. If you'd like, I can email you a couple incredible live versions of songs with great solos. Hope this helps.
MojoJojo wrote:
OK Tori fans, I was going to post some snide comment reflecting my dislike for her songs. Instead, I will let you make a case for her work. What is there to like? Why should I care about the things she relates in her lyrics? To me, her work is easily relegated to the "angry white girrrrl" rack and forgotten about. Her music makes me want to tell her that at this point in her life, either daddy is sorry for what he did or didn't do by now, or he's not. Get over it. I don't need to hear about it. So, what is it that people see in Tori's work? Here is your chance to tell me what I'm missing. Thank you for your support. :neutral:
I appreciate your civility, a courtesy that's all too rare on these boards. I don't think one can "relegate" Tori to "angry white girrrl" music because she sort of preceded/helped found expressionistic female music. Her piano skills are incontrivertible; she was admitted to the Peabody Conservatory at, I believe, age 5. It's not so much her "daddy" that's influenced her work as her rapist, her multiple miscarriages, and later, her heritage. If you listen to her albums chronologically, you'll see that early in her career she addresses personal issues and later moves on to global issues including politics and religion (although the later is evident all through her career). She has indeed "gotten over" her personal tragedies, something that many of her fans (selfishly) rue. Honestly, you personally may not be missing anything, at least lyrics-wise. The songs either resonate with you or they don't. However, the piano-playing is a force to be reckoned with. If you'd like, I can email you a couple incredible live versions of songs with great solos. Hope this helps.
OK Tori fans, I was going to post some snide comment reflecting my dislike for her songs. Instead, I will let you make a case for her work. What is there to like? Why should I care about the things she relates in her lyrics? To me, her work is easily relegated to the "angry white girrrrl" rack and forgotten about. Her music makes me want to tell her that at this point in her life, either daddy is sorry for what he did or didn't do by now, or he's not. Get over it. I don't need to hear about it. It's poignant that a Sarah McLachlan song came on after this. Sarah nearly always sounds soulful, sorrowful and passionate – and that works. Tori just sounds like she needs a big glass of wine and a valium. To my ear, Sarah needs to keep doin what she's doin. Tori needs psychotherapy. So, what is it that people see in Tori's work? Here is your chance to tell me what I'm missing. Thank you for your support. :neutral:
chillynne wrote:
If you're going to buy a Tori album (assuming this is your first), The Beekeeper probably isn't a great starting place. Actually, I would go in chronological order, beginning with Little Earthquakes.
I'm not a big Tori Amos fan and I do find this catchy.
Tori Amos! :daisy:
dapower wrote:
Wasn't too sure about this one, but the more it's played the more I like it. Might even inspire me to buy the album. A lot of mixed posts about this one- at least it inspires some sort of thought))))
If you're going to buy a Tori album (assuming this is your first), The Beekeeper probably isn't a great starting place. Actually, I would go in chronological order, beginning with Little Earthquakes.
Wasn't too sure about this one, but the more it's played the more I like it. Might even inspire me to buy the album. A lot of mixed posts about this one- at least it inspires some sort of thought))))
Listening to much of Tori Amos -- especially this track -- feels like someone is trying to trick me into thinking it's Kate Bush-- but with far less depth. This cut in particular annoys the hell out of me for some reason. :razz:
this is so eerily powerful live.... very underwaterish. about death and life. almost chilling.
chillynne wrote:
errr this one doesn't. That's "The Power of Orange Knickers," in my opinion one of the albums weakest despite his contribution.
I HATE that song. I don't know what either of them were thinking.
paloeguevo wrote:
If the song features damien rice, I have to love it.
errr this one doesn't. That's "The Power of Orange Knickers," in my opinion one of the albums weakest despite his contribution.
If the song features damien rice, I have to love it.
redeyespy wrote:
This album appears to be several paces back for Tori after Scarlet's Walk.
maybe true, except for the standout tracks: Barons of Suburbia and Marys of the Sea. Those, IMHO, can stand alongside any of her previous albums.
mojoman wrote:
What's with the smirk?
The smirk is because she knows that even when she releases mediocre (for her) albums with lyrics including "driving in my saab/on my way to ireland" and "Yes my little pony is growing up fast/She corrects me and says/'You mean a thoroughbred'', obsessed fools like me still love her.
mojoman wrote:
What's with the smirk?
.. wondered the same thing ? Strange album cover altogether. :?
What's with the smirk?
physicsgenius wrote:
This reminds me: I would support a special feature that lets a user ban one particular artist from RP.
Would you also support a similar feature to ban one particular contributor to the RP boards?
I appreciate Bill's efforts to put together nice mixes with good music, but I wouldn't mind not hearing this song again.
I didn't care for her music until this song. I think its well done art.
Man, if anything she is really really consistent. Consistently awful. At least her tinkly piano is gone, now if we can just remove her voice from her records that would be progress. :yawn: :roll:
TA is anathema to me! *shudder* a consistent 1. And this is one of her better ones...
This album appears to be several paces back for Tori after Scarlet's Walk.
This reminds me: I would support a special feature that lets a user ban one particular artist from RP.
well, Im enjoying this a great deal.
will it ever end?
:puke:
where is the song?
Lock me in a small room with a single bare lightbulb and Tori Amos music piped in, and I'll confess to anything. In about 2 minutes, maybe less.
ok, one more. My ex-wife said that Tori is just too in love with the actual sound of her tongue peeling off the roof of her mouth.
:yawn: :sleep:
wow, this goes nowhere, and gets there really sssslloowwwllllyyyy. oof.
meatbee wrote:
Bound to happen sooner or later. This is the first time I've turned RP on and heard the same song I heard when I turned it off last.
I was about to switch off, but Amos not sounding like Kate Bush? Okay, I'll try anything once, then rate and be damned.
Bound to happen sooner or later. This is the first time I've turned RP on and heard the same song I heard when I turned it off last.
I'm a fan of the Amos, but being experimental, she's hit or miss. This is a whiff.
I love Tori, I just wish she would spend some of that hard-earned money to hire someone who will tell her to STOP SINGING THROUGH HER NOSE!
:headache: :ziplip: sorry
Two songs in a row with those shrieking voices-spare me...I am patiently waiting this set out!
typical tori amos
ChardRemains wrote:
Money doesn't buy happiness you know!
I'm sure you're right...but I'd love the opportunity to give it a chance.
good. very good.
tons and tons of this new Tori, which i rate as "hmm, not bad" though my friends who are long time tori fans don't like it... anyway the point is tons of the new tori, almost no new Aimee Mann? what gives? The new Aimee Mann sounds really good (from the 30 second clips on iTunes and the one song they've played here...)
Angloray wrote:
UCLA's Royce Hall this Monday night! Hooray!
oooooooooh, it was amazing. Even the songs off the new album, like this one.
beelzebubba wrote:
eh... stream-of-conscious, dude, nothing else. First thing that popped into my head when I heard the music. Couldn't help it. But I guess it was severe, so I pulled it.
kudos to your abstract thinking, other than that... no comment. have a good time listening to rp... :)
I just don't get this....
kmh wrote:
i can see you don't get out much, s. dakota.there's a world out there that's ripe for the pickin.
eh... stream-of-conscious, dude, nothing else. First thing that popped into my head when I heard the music. Couldn't help it. But I guess it was severe, so I pulled it.
beelzebubba wrote:
i can see you don't get out much, s. dakota.there's a world out there that's ripe for the pickin.
Heathen wrote:
Someone has been listening to Madonna I think. Shades of Madge's earlier ballads there.
give me a break... it goes much deeper than that if you gave it a chance.
an amazing recount of the angel of death coming to take her mother. it's beautifully poetic & gives me chills every time i hear it.... brilliant!
(I hope she doesn't play too many songs off the new album though :ask: )
UCLA's Royce Hall this Monday night! Hooray!
xkolibuul wrote:
I'm not really a Tori fan, but this ain't bad
I agree, Tori's not my favorite--but this is quite lovely.
I'm not really a Tori fan, but this ain't bad
This needs to stop. please. please.
Drummer4soul wrote:
I have one word for Tori Anus: Yikes! :frustrated:
Oh GAWD.... Please.... my ears are bleeding... make it go away!
Someone has been listening to Madonna I think. Shades of Madge's earlier ballads there.
saw her on wednesday in DC, while it wasn't my favorite show of hers, this song was amazing.
Tux wrote:
Don't love it, but still like it enough to give it an 8.
Don't love it, but still like it enough to give it a 5.
BoFiS wrote:
Good album...I've been a Tori fan for a while, and she's great live, though this year it seems her NY date sold out either within 1 second or before they even went on sale it was that fast...leaving many many fans behind, a growing trend with live artists these days...which unfortunately the artists can't do very much about.
Same for the DC show. I love tori so much it was really dissappointing. I found some not tooo horrific tx for sale on ebay so i bought them. I know she won't let me down, but i hate pay scalpers to see her. i wish they would only sell these types of tix at local venues to keep this type of thing from happening.
Don't love it, but still like it enough to give it an 8.
jstevep00 wrote:
I used to hate Tori Amos, now I really like everything I hear from her (except the one song that made me dislike her music...the one that has all the "eeeeeeee", I think "Silent All These Years").
"Amos has yet to meet a vowel she can resist contorting" - Maud Dillingham (Christian Science Monitor - 2/25) I like Tori best when she plays with the time signatures, as in "Strange Little Girl." This one may still have to grow on me a bit more.
I used to hate Tori Amos, now I really like everything I hear from her (except the one song that made me dislike her music...the one that has all the "eeeeeeee", I think "Silent All These Years").
Tori, I love you. This is one of the many highlights from her new album. You should check out her interview on the DVD that accompanies the Special Edition of her new album. She paints a fascinating portrait of how this 'girl' came into being. Superb!
Good album...I've been a Tori fan for a while, and she's great live, though this year it seems her NY date sold out either within 1 second or before they even went on sale it was that fast...leaving many many fans behind, a growing trend with live artists these days...which unfortunately the artists can't do very much about.
Cool and eerie. I like this.
ChardRemains wrote:
Money doesn't buy happiness you know!
Yeah, it doesn't buy musical talent either.
BGGA wrote:
Really, with all the money she has now, I can no longer buy into the "tortured artist" thing. Her music depresses me.
Money doesn't buy happiness you know!
Really, with all the money she has now, I can no longer buy into the "tortured artist" thing. Her music depresses me. I went to a concert of hers several years ago and I've never seen a more apathetic audience in my life. Gawd.. this song goes on foooorrrreeevvvveeerrrr!
Well, THAT's the triple-header folks. We've had A-BLAND-is, Donald Pagan, and now Story Aimless all within 10 tunes... I think I need to be alone for awhile. Where's my Joshua Tree CD?
Sorry, Tori, but you just blew it this time <-X