Me and a Gun (3:43)

Cover of Little Earthquakes

From Little Earthquakes and 75 other releases

“Me and a Gun” was the first single released from the Tori Amos LP, Little Earthquakes, released on October 21, 1991 in the United Kingdom, as a CD single, 7” and 12”. It was also released in Germany.

The song is three minutes and forty-four seconds long. It was inspired by a rape that occurred in LA when Amos was 21. After she performed at a bar, a patron asked her if he could have a ride home. She obliged, and he raped her at knifepoint (many journalists mistakenly state she was raped at gunpoint, possibly due to the song’s title). She escaped. Years later, in London, Amos saw the film Thelma and Louise and was stirred. On the way to a show, she wrote the song in her head. That night, she performed the song a cappella.

Tori Amos explains the experience:

“I’ll never talk about it at this level again but let me ask you. Why have I survived that kind of night, when other women didn’t”, she says. “How am I alive to tell you this tale when he was ready to slice me up? In the song I say it was ‘Me and a Gun’ but it wasn’t a gun. It was a knife he had. And the idea was to take me to his friends and cut me up, and he kept telling me that, for hours. And if he hadn’t needed more drugs I would have been just one more news report, where you see the parents grieving for their daughter”. “And I was singing hymns, as I say in the song, because he told me to. I sang to stay alive. Yet I survived that torture, which left me urinating all over myself and left me paralysed for years.


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  • jordansuxx

    Painful but absolutely gorgeous at the same time. This song is beyond words. [2]

    7 Aug 10:44pm Reply
  • sproetjes

    This is too much for me to listen to, much as I regret, I skip it almost everytime. [2]

    21 May 3:01pm Reply
  • finalesfunkeln

    because there is no god,religion or justice in the world.

    21 Mar 9:39pm Reply
  • canklebracelet

    The world's been a sick twisted place for a long time now. I pray every night and have for many years for all who are molested. I was fortunate enough to never have to endure it. Why don't perpetrators die of cancer or something similar?

    22 Feb 4:13am Reply
  • Sarinijha

    21 Feb 11:05pm Reply
  • InSearchOfTruth

    I believe, that this song was the best punishment for him.[2]

    8 Feb 11:26pm Reply
  • Shitga

    Painful but absolutely gorgeous at the same time. This song is beyond words.

    1 Feb 10:00pm Reply
  • BrenoLeonardo

    breaks my heart every fucking time. i can't listen to it without feeling bad. </3

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ouroborosian

    This song is so heartbreakingly beautiful, and Tori is such an amazing woman! The fact that such a wonderful song came out of it and the fact that as she said, she kept her vulnerability in spite of not just being raped, but tortured as well, is even more amazing. And in the end she has won, not him, because the pathetic excuse for a man who victimized her didn't take her spirit, and she took control of the experience from him by making this beautifully haunting song.

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Ouroborosian

    @sunheadbowed: Actually, in the United States at least, if you look at the statistics properly, for non-same sex rapes, the split is 60% male versus 40% female in terms of who the rapist is, so it's not as uneven as some people believe it to be. The reason people have misconceptions about the actual reality of it is because of radical feminists with their advocacy statistics, and the fact that because of legal bullshit a woman forcing a man to penetrate her is considered "other sex crimes" and is not, from a legal standpoint, "rape", though it should be.

    26 Jul 2013 Reply
  • kradziejus

    This song, especially where it's positioned in the album, is just heartbreaking.

    28 Jun 2013 Reply
  • meredith999

    This is too much for me to listen to, much as I regret, I skip it almost everytime.

    15 Jun 2013 Reply
  • cocainepanda

    This is the only song I've ever listened to that has left me feeling disturbed. Extremely powerful.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    Yeah, BarneyJWY, female rapists are an epidemic.

    20 Jul 2012 Reply
  • AmrHassanMorsy

    this is destructive.

    16 Jul 2012 Reply
  • BarneyJWY

    I never turn it off when it comes on. [2]

    27 Apr 2012 Reply
  • flashparry

    I have trouble listening to this. [6] ...which is why I never turn it off when it comes on.

    17 Apr 2012 Reply
  • hertragicending

    As heartbreaking as it is, it released me from the most horrible time I was in.

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • jasminder82

    I love Tori so much.

    18 Feb 2012 Reply
  • mono87

    I believe, that this song was the best punishment for him.

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
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