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Tori Amos — Spies
Album: Ocean To Ocean
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Total ratings: 379









Released: 2021
Length: 5:27
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Knowing this may help you make, make it through the night on lullabies
Knowing this may help you to open up your eyes
Spies!

Everywhere from here to London Town
Tracking the thieving meanies below and above ground
Spies, that's right, spies

You see an aardvark on the underground
Then on the bridge, under the tower
In spatterdashes with a plaid umbrella
It's seems he's just a well dressed fella
Spies, that's right, spies

Knowing this may help you make, make it through the night on lullabies
Knowing this may help you to open up your eyes
Spies, that's right
That's right, spies

In a café stalking scary men
Spotting a flying saucer hovering above Big Ben
Spies, that's right, spies

They may say they're on Holiday
Grabbing a latte in a coquelicot beret
Spies, je suis spy

But that hippopotamus
Must stay anonymous for now
Yes, that hippopotamus
Must stay anonymous for now

Here from London up to Aberdeen
Ferry to Dublin, all the way down to Skibbereen
Spies, that's right, spies

Spies don't think that it's absurd
(No spy that I know does not)
Scary men dipped in mustard
(English mixed with Dijon)
Mrs Crabby Apple
Won't get custard
Won't get crumble

Spies, we love spies

Knowing this may help you make, make it through the night on lullabies
Knowing this may help you to open up your eyes with lullabies
Knowing this may help you to, help you close your eyes, get some shut eye
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For just a moment, I thought it was Mandalay ..subtle and sweet voice
 SpinyNorma wrote:

Anyine who refers to custard in a song gets the thumbs up from me. Extra plus-points for it being Tori!



Nice thought :)
We should devise a bonus system. Trick would be that bonuses should vary depending on the author. 
Nice song. 
Tori looks like an Istar on the cover. 
 acolt wrote:

This is . . . this is just bad.



No it is not...you just don't like it.  There is a difference.
 forthbrdge wrote:
Until I checked the lyrics I thought Tori was singing an ode to Arrakis.


I see what you did there....and I like it.  :-)
For all the indie-video-game nerds on the audience here, the bassist on this track is Jon Evans.
He is one half of the duo Ridiculon, responsible for most of Edmund McMillen's (of Binding of Isaac fame) more recent games' soundtracks...
Until I checked the lyrics I thought Tori was singing an ode to Arrakis.
 jelgator wrote:

Ooh!  A Tori song I haven't rated yet!

1



HAHAHA!!!!

I gave it a 7 for ya! :D
Ooh!  A Tori song I haven't rated yet!

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Nice
Lovely. Nice Amos like intermediate right to the end. Like it. (8)
 radiotoe wrote:

I had to think about it for awhile, but: does the beginning of this song remind anybody else of the beginning of The New Pornographer's "Play Money" ?


It doesn't sound very similar to me (at least in the beginnings of both songs): different chord progressions, different tempos, different melodies.  Everyone hears different things though.
This is . . . this is just bad.
 mgkiwi wrote:
Tori Amos or Kate Bush 



 Kajukenbo wrote:

First date with my wife was to a Tori Amos concert in 1998 as she was on a tour doing shows at the local colleges. I knew I needed a fellow music lover as a partner and being heavily into Tori Amos was a good sign that my (future) wife wasn't somebody who listened to top 40 radio. And 20 plus years later she still listens to good music!



Exact same start to my relationship with my wife in '99 but with different outcome :) she likes top 40 radio and turned out to listen to TA because it was cool then; don't think she focused on the lyrics. she won't listen to her now because she considers her to be sad music :(( I listen alone but I her lyrics are very woman-centric so difficult to relate... 
The Spies! The Spies must flow! 
Tori Amos or Kate Bush 
Interesting song and brilliant instrumentals, but the chorus just kills it for me - in the bad way, not the good way.
 radiotoe wrote:

I had to think about it for awhile, but: does the beginning of this song remind anybody else of the beginning of The New Pornographer's "Play Money" ?



Yes. I heard it too. Which is okay. All music is derivative. 
This is a pretty decent one.  I can dig the fun lyrics, but the track has a sad, wistful sound, and I kind of think a song about love lost should have been written around it.
Different, but not too sure if I care for it. I didn't skip though. 
Anyine who refers to custard in a song gets the thumbs up from me. Extra plus-points for it being Tori!
 lgonzale803 wrote:

Where's the Piano? IDK not feeling this



It's there. A bit buried in the mix, but it's there.
Nice to hear she is still growing and experimenting and relevant. I like it!
I had to think about it for awhile, but: does the beginning of this song remind anybody else of the beginning of The New Pornographer's "Play Money" ?
Is this the paranoid song?
Hunh...not bad until the band sorta dropped out...then sounded much too like Tori...but I'm still digging this turn of direction from Ms. A...I'll deem it to be a 7...
Surprised by the initial negative reaction to this track, I am actually not a massive Tori Amos fan but I think this is a solid 7 border line 8.
First date with my wife was to a Tori Amos concert in 1998 as she was on a tour doing shows at the local colleges. I knew I needed a fellow music lover as a partner and being heavily into Tori Amos was a good sign that my (future) wife wasn't somebody who listened to top 40 radio. And 20 plus years later she still listens to good music!
Where's the Piano? IDK not feeling this