Cornflake Girl (5:07)

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“Cornflake Girl” is a song by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It is the eighth track on Amos’ 1994 album Under the Pink. The song reached #4 on the UK singles chart, and was Amos’ most successful international hit at the time. In Australia, the song peaked at #19, and was #35 in radio station Triple J’s 1994 Hottest 100 poll, appearing on the compilation album of that year’s Hottest 100. The song was also ranked in Blender magazine’s The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born at #433.

The inspiration for “Cornflake Girl” came from Alice Walker’s novel Possessing the Secret of Joy, about a young African woman going through the ritual of female genital mutilation. Amos was angered by the idea that a mother could subject her daughter to such a brutal act, and the song arose as an exploration of the idea of betrayal between women. In the song two factions of women are referred to: the “Raisin Girls” are “multicultural” and open-minded, while the “Cornflake Girls” of the title are “narrowminded and full of prejudice”.

The reference to cornflakes and raisins comes from their distribution in a box of breakfast cereal, implying that “raisin girls” are much harder to find than “cornflake girls”. Amos has spoken in interviews about being referred to glibly as “the Cornflake Girl” due to the song’s title being applied to her, when she considers herself a “Raisin Girl”. The confusion is likely related to her 1987 commercial for Kellogg’s Just Right, made before her widespread fame. Just Right includes both raisins and corn flakes, so the song and the cereal are related either through coincidence or intent.

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  • Bellanesa

    I love it. I want more songs like this.

    9 Jul 8:20pm Reply
  • JuniorMcCartney

    Thinks he knows so much...

    9 Jul 4:30am Reply
  • bcap11

    shoot i like this one

    7 Jul 10:17pm Reply
  • mirrorball95

    Great song, quite possibly her best about a very disturbing subject.

    18 May 2:37pm Reply
  • Invisibleboy27

    "There's a book by Alice Walker called 'Possessing the Secret of Joy', and it's about mothers taking their daughters to the butcher to have their genitalia removed. That's what the song is about too. It's like cutting a penis off. Now if we lined all the boys up and cut their penises off, I don't think it would be lunch as usual! I think they'd have something to say about it, and yet the mothers are the ones that take the daughters to do this! Obviously the whole society is involved, but when is a generation of women going to rise up, not to fight, not to war, but to honour themselves and each other?"

    8 May 6:31pm Reply
  • Weirdis

    extatic!

    26 Feb 2:07pm Reply
  • mightygorilla

    ahan-ı-yu beç yo lahayff

    23 Feb 11:12pm Reply
  • JimiVonMicrodot

    I like Alpen

    10 Feb 9:52am Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Special k is what I eat for breakfast

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • dufundo

    Ahhhhh, old Tori. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    9 Sep 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Special k girl

    26 Aug 2014 Reply
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    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • sevenfourk

    может ты все таки погорячился ?

    23 Aug 2014 Reply
  • bambyleet

    выебите меня в сраку насколько же хороша эта песня.

    6 Jul 2014 Reply
  • elciscokid

    I like to scream out "Rabbbbbbitttttttt." Yeah but who doesn't?

    17 May 2014 Reply
  • Caroh47

    This is not really happening....YOU BET YOUR LIFE IT IS

    23 Apr 2014 Reply
  • hf1809

    best song

    28 Mar 2014 Reply
  • richardregner

    Song is great> However every few minutes I lose the sound I am about to give up on this site...

    19 Mar 2014 Reply
  • vanilla_boy1

    cool

    24 Feb 2014 Reply
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