Jamaica Inn (4:01)

Cover of The Beekeeper

From The Beekeeper and 18 other releases

Tori Amos: “There’s a song Jamaica Inn that I wrote as I was driving along the cliffs in Cornwall on a ‘beautiful’ English day. And all of a sudden the gales started to come in. My mind started to wander and I pulled over on a cliff. I started to think about the story that I’d been told by some of the locals. When a ship would run a ground the wreckers would come in and take everything. I started to think about this story that was taking over my car in that moment. Jamaica Inn walked into my Saab and she said, ‘You might not like my story because I’m not gonna tell you how it ends yet. You need to travel it with me and we’re going to have to explore your deepest fears.’ What always stops me is betrayal. And what scares me is if I betray someone.”

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  • HighOnSunday51

    One of her most underrated songs. Gorgeous. The Beekeeper is also underrated, and a beautiful album.

    1 May 11:21pm Reply
  • donotcurseatme

    It's so gorgeous, but underneath the beauty is so much tragedy. Like a lot of the album.

    5 Apr 7:58am Reply
  • Cure1980

    Sound for hanging around at the park with friends of mine and enjoying that awesome life..

    24 Sep 2013 Reply
  • swarmsea

    I could literally live in this song

    4 Jan 2013 Reply
  • RedjMusic

    have loved this song since the release of Beekeeper. Beekeeper cd is stunning.

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • fireicicle

    Third best song on the second best album. FACT. :P

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • lindsyum

    I think I could never ever get enough of this.

    11 Jun 2011 Reply
  • starlighterased

    I've always liked the 'sexiest thing' line. :shrug:

    23 Jul 2010 Reply
  • trulygrateful

    Pretty laboured live version of one of the better songs from 'The Beekeeper'. There are better renditions out there.

    5 Jul 2010 Reply
  • thespianicism

    I agree with ambigo. I remember sitting at the concert I'd been so anticipating and feeling a little dismayed that she was playing Jamaica Inn instead of something else. It turned out to be spectacularly clear, beautiful, and honest. Check out the version from Boston '09 bootleg if you can.

    21 Jun 2010 Reply
  • museforlife

    i love tori's voice on this track, be it the live or studio version. regardless, she sounds amazing.

    7 Jun 2010 Reply
  • ambigo

    The 2009 live versions of this are heaven.

    14 May 2010 Reply
  • Glendabed

    Totally prefer the album version. Less faffing.

    5 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Lady_Elaine

    I agree with everyone about "the sexiest thing is trust." Not a truer word has ever been said.

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • MusiQ3985

    Whatever. The LP version is just fine, beautiful song, and the "the sexiest thing is trust" line is beyond profound.

    21 Oct 2009 Reply
  • peacebiotch

    I used to laugh at the "sexy trust" line but now it hits me.... I appreciate the "betrayal hidden under lace and teacups" theme in the album and this song is a great example.... probably the biggest grower since 05.

    8 Jun 2009 Reply
  • Warrior_Bard

    the live version is beautiful.

    30 Apr 2009 Reply
  • RubyTuesday17

    God.. that line.. "the sexiest thing is trust" hits me everytime...

    4 Apr 2009 Reply
  • yourcrowbar

    Love the Daphne DuMaurier references.

    21 Mar 2009 Reply
  • GRROTESQUE

    i love this song so much, completely gorgeous.

    2 Nov 2008 Reply
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