Marianne (4:08)

Cover of Boys for Pele

From Boys for Pele and 28 other releases

“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 believe it was suicide. I think she took the wrong things together. She is very special to me, and comes to visit in my songs sometimes. Basically when my mother said, ‘hey, um, oh my god…Marianne killed herself.’ The only thing I could think of was, ‘Fuck you, mom.’ Because, in truth, nobody was really the same after Marianne killed herself.” ~ Tori Amos.


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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"

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  • NyBlueberry

    And they say Marianne killed herself.. and I say not a chance. Wooww

    29 Apr 7:27pm Reply
  • Sarinijha

    21 Feb 11:23pm Reply
  • strangelove88

    the way she sings the last couple of lines is so heartbreaking. absolutely beautiful song, quickly becoming one of my favorites.

    16 Sep 2013 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    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.

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • deadgrandma

    The BFP version crushes me in the best way possible. The Gold Dust version crushes my hopes of Tori ever returning to form.

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • TabooEv

    So soothing and beautiful..

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • forgett

    This is possibly the best song in the universe. [2]

    9 Mar 2012 Reply
  • farfafarf

    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.

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • liquiddatura

    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.

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • karolcia_1993

    This song always reminds me of how much I love Tori.

    18 Jun 2011 Reply
  • abfdrumz

    Talk about a dark horse...and one of her very best.

    17 Jun 2011 Reply
  • iw77


    12 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Kgrow

    having thoughts. . .

    12 Nov 2010 Reply
  • saintyourfriend

    " And they said Marianne killed herself, and I said not a chance " Best line. Sounds so familiar...

    13 Jul 2010 Reply
  • karolcia_1993

    so epic... I love this song.

    12 Jun 2010 Reply
  • jestandi

    SoapMagic, I beg to differ.

    27 May 2010 Reply
  • SoapMagic

    This is possibly the best song in the universe.

    31 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Deformografy

    just having thoughts of Marianne..

    30 Jan 2010 Reply
  • rainy-dog

    she was so pretty why why

    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Asphyxia6

    I always wanted to learn this on the piano. Her stuff is so fun to play.

    18 Nov 2009 Reply
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