Saturday Songsters – Tori Amos

It’s  Saturday and so time for another Saturday Songster post. This week’s track is ‘Winter’ by Tori Amos.

Tori Amos in Concert 13 July 2007
Tori Amos in Concert 13 July 2007 – By Flickr user, Spoon via Wikimedia Commons

Tori Amos is an American singer-songwriter, pianist and composer who came to fame in the early 1990s with the release of her first album, ‘Little Earthquakes’. Since then she has released thirteen further studio albums plus numerous compilations and live albums. In 2003 she was voted the fifth best touring act by the readers of Rolling Stone magazine.

I first heard Tori Amos’ music in the late 1990s when I was at university. One of my close friends and housemates used to play the piano and Tori Amos’ songs were some of her favourite things to play. The song I’ve chosen to share this week is one of the first I ever listened to – first played and sung by my friend and later on the copy of the ‘Little Earthquakes’ that she lent to me. Whilst I now own most of her albums, the first songs I heard are still my favourites.

Winter

Snow can wait
I forgot my mittens
Wipe my nose
Get my new boots on
I get a little warm in my heart
When I think of winter
I put my hand in my father’s glove
I run off
Where the drifts get deeper
Sleeping beauty trips me with a frown
I hear a voice
“Your must learn to stand up for yourself
Cause I can’t always be around”

He says
When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses are still in bed
I tell you that I’ll always want you near
You say that things change my dear

Boys get discovered as winter melts
Flowers competing for the sun
Years go by and I’m here still waiting
Withering where some snowman was
Mirror mirror where’s the crystal palace
But I only can see myself
Skating around the truth who I am
But I know dad the ice is getting thin

When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses are still in bed
I tell you that I’ll always want you near
You say that things change my dear

Hair is grey
And the fires are burning
So many dreams
On the shelf
You say I wanted you to be proud of me
I always wanted that myself

He says
When you gonna make up your mind
When you gonna love you as much as I do
When you gonna make up your mind
Cause things are gonna change so fast
All the white horses have gone ahead
I tell you that I’ll always want you near
You say that things change
My dear

Lyrics from azlyrics

If you’d like to know more about Tori Amos or would like to check out more of her music, you can visit her website here or her Wikipedia page here.

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