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Tori Amos

Marianne (4:08)

"Marianne Curtis is a girl I went to school with in junior high. She was the kind of person everyone adored, she was just magical. I had written a song about her years ago which I used to play in the bars sometimes. It never went any further than being performed, I didn't record it. Since then I have always wanted to have Marianne in a song. She died from a drug overdose when she was 15. It is not known, but I don't…

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Tuna, rubber, a little blubber in my igloo, yea
And I knew you, pigtails and all, girls when they fall
And they said, \"Marianne killed herself\"
And I said, \"Not a chance, not a chance\"

Tori Amos - Marianne Lyrics


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  • I think the lyrics in this song, and in a lot of older Tori songs in particular, aren't supposed to make complete literal sense, because they're more about the emotion conveyed when she sings them and how they come across to the listener. For me at least, I don't need to completely understand the lyrics, because the way her voice and the piano work together speaks for itself.
  • And they say Marianne killed herself.. and I say not a chance. Wooww
  • the way she sings the last couple of lines is so heartbreaking. absolutely beautiful song, quickly becoming one of my favorites.
  • Hear ya, deadgrandma. The Gold Dust version is a serious train wreck. She could not make this song better by adding more vowels (what IS it with her and those, these days) or strings to it: it was perfect as it was.
  • The BFP version crushes me in the best way possible. The Gold Dust version crushes my hopes of Tori ever returning to form.
  • So soothing and beautiful..
  • This is possibly the best song in the universe. [2]
  • I love singing along with this song. But I am sure if I saw some cheesy fanfic play about it I would hate the lyrics too.
  • I think it's beautiful but I think I hate the lyrics. I also remember reading the absolute worst dramatization/fan-fic play with Tori and Marianne and kids and Marianne falling down a ravine and she and Tori speaking the lines as if they were dialogue. Perhaps that's tainted the fastest slug bits.

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