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"Girl"
Tori-Amos Little-Earthquakes
Song from Little Earthquakes

Released

1992

Length

4:06 (Little Earthquakes)
4:15 (To Venus and Back)
4:08 (A Piano)

Label

Atlantic Records, East West Records

Writer

Tori Amos

Producer

Tori Amos and Eric Rosse

"Girl" is the second song on Tori Amos's 1992 debut album Little Earthquakes.

Background Edit

"Girl" was written and recorded during the second phase of creating Little Earthquakes, a period that also yielded the songs "Precious Things", "Tear in Your Hand", and "Little Earthquakes", all of which were recorded in Eric Rosse's home studio.

In the Little Earthquakes songbook, Tori recounted that the chorus of "Girl" was written and recorded on "an old upright piano in Virginia". She forgot about this recording of the song until months later when Eric Rosse found the tape of "Girl" in a pile of tapes Tori had thrown away.[1] Tori commented that "the electronic arrangement for Girl is mine. Eric made the sounds on the Kurzweil and programmed everything, since I don’t have a clue". (Keyboards (German) 1992).

Other versions Edit

Other appearances Edit

Comic Book Tattoo

A ten-page story inspired by "Girl" was included in the 2008 graphic novel anthology Comic Book Tattoo, a collection of short comics based on Amos' songs.[2] "Girl" was written by Jonathan Tseui, penciled and inked by Eric Canete, coloured by Saskia Gutekunst, and lettered by Geoff Ong.[3]

Girl - comic book tattoo

Page from "Girl".

Tseui and Canete originally intended to do a story based on "I Don't Like Mondays" from Amos' 2001 covers album Strange Little Girls; however, because the song was not owned by Amos, legal issues got in the way. Comic Book Tattoo editor Rantz Hoseley suggested "Girl" as a song with a meaning and tone similar to "I Don't Like Mondays". When Canete repeatedly listened to "Girl", "a story formed in my head".[4]

Live performances Edit

"Girl" was first performed live during the 1992 Little Earthquakes Tour and has been played on many of Tori's tours since, both solo and with a band.

A full-band version of the song debuted during the 1998 Plugged Tour. This version has since been performed with Matt Chamberlain and Jon Evans on the 2002-2003 On Scarlet's Walk/Lottapianos Tour and the 2009 Sinful Attraction Tour.[5]

Live performances of "Girl" have been included on To Venus and Back and the Live from the Artist's Den DVD.

Lyrics Edit

Lyrics adapted from the Little Earthquakes album booklet.

from in the shadow she calls
and in the shadow she
finds a way finds a way
and in the shadow she CRAWLS
clutching her faded photograph
my IMAGE under her thumb
yes with a message for my heart
yes with a message for my heart

she's been everybody else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own
everybody else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own

and in the doorway they stay
and laugh as violins fill with water
screams from the BLUEBELLS
can't make them go away
we'll I'm not seventeen
but I've cuts on my knees
falling down as the winter
takes one more CHERRY TREE

she's been everybody else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own
everybody else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own

everyone else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own
everyone else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own
everyone else's girl
maybe one day maybe one day
one day she'll be her own
(rushin' rivers
thread so thin limitation
dreams with the flying pigs
turbid blue and the drugstores too safe in
their coats and in their do's yeah
smother in our hearts a pillow to my dots
)

One day maybe one day she'll be her own

and in the mist there she rides
and castles are burning in my heart
and as I twist I hold tight
and I ride to work
every morning wondering why
"sit in the chair and be good now"
and become all that they told you
the white coats enter her room
and I'm callin' my baby
callin' my baby callin' my baby callin'
everybody else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own
everybody else's girl
maybe one day she'll be her own
everybody else's girlmaybe one day she'll be her own

© Sword & Stone

Quotes Edit

“Now I don’t want to say that electronic instruments are anything bad. For example: the electronic arrangement for Girl is mine. Eric made the sounds on the Kurzweil and programmed everything, since I don’t have a clue.” [Keyboards (Germany) – June 1992]

"

"It's not an aggressive fight. It's an internal fight, that when you need other people's approval, when you walk in a room, you're everybody's — or anybody's — girl. When you don't need that anymore, [it's] because you have an understanding and an agreement with yourself on who you want to be. And when I say "who you want to be," that's going to evolve. But at least you've got to get your palette, your paint, your canvas, and say, "I'm not choosing to tell this story, which is doing anything to have success." I don't want that kind of success.

"['Girl'] was being clear with myself that I didn't want that. Didn't need that. Because what I was achieving really hadn't been done in that way, because folk women were being embraced. There was a style for them. But straddling the piano and making the piano a viable instrument with songs being built around it, that was gone since the Carole King days. This was a very different thing because this wasn't the blues/R&B approach. And Kate Bush was much more electronica. And so, I knew then, that I had a big fight ahead of me. And that I couldn't be anybody's; I had to be my own." - Rolling Stone: Tori Amos' Track-to-Track Guide to Little Earthquakes (December 18, 2009)[6]

PersonnelEdit

Credits taken from Little Earthquakes album booklet.[7]

  • Acoustic piano, vocal, sampled strings, backgrounds — Tori Amos
  • Guitar and bass — Steve Caton
  • Drum and keyboard programming — Eric Rosse
  • Recorded by Eric Rosse
  • Mixed by John Kelly
  • Produced by Tori Amos and Eric Rosse

References Edit

  1. yessaid - Girl
  2. http://web.archive.org/web/20080730020148/http://www.toriamos.com/main_comic.html
  3. http://www.comics.org/issue/537267/
  4. http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=17585
  5. http://www.toriset.org/s.php?c=102&t=0
  6. Rolling Stone: Tori Amos' Track-to-Track Guide to Little Earthquakes
  7. http://toriamos.com/go/galleries/view/130/1/4/albums/index.html

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