"Professional Widow" as written by and Tori Amos....
Slag pit, stag shit, oh, honey bring it close to my lips, yes.
Don't blow those brains yet, we gotta be big boy, we gotta be big, heh.
Starfucker just like my Daddy, yes. Starfucker just like my Daddy, yes.
Selling his baby, yes, just like my Daddy, yes.
Gonna strike a deal, make him feel like a Congressman.
Run'in in a family, hoh, it's run'in a family... oh... heh, hoh.

Rest your shoulders, Peaches and Cream.
Everywhere a Judas as far as you can see.
Beautiful angel calling...
"We got every re-run of Muhammad Ali."

Prism perfect, oh honey bring it close to your lips, yes.
What is termed a landslide of principle proportion boy.
It's gotta be big, I said, it better be big, hey, hey.
Starfucker just like my Daddy, yes. Starfucker just like my Daddy, yes.
Selling his baby, yes, just your Daddy, yes, selling his baby.
I'm gonna strike a deal, make him feel like a Congressman.
It's run'in in a family, hoh, it's run in a family, hey.
It's run'in in a family, hey baby, it's run'in a family... eh... ya...


Mother Mary, china white... Brown may be sweeter, may be sweeter...
Mother Mary, china white... Brown may be sweeter.
She will supply, she will supply, she will supply, she will supply, supply, supply.
Give me peace, love, peace, love.
Give me peace, love and a hard cock.


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    General Comment"[Professional] Widow is my hunger for the energy I felt some of the men in my life possessed: the ability to be king. I wasn't content just being a muse. I was the creative force. I was in relationships with different men where if they could honour that, they couldn't honour the woman, and if they could honour the woman, they couldn't honor the creative force..."

    "As I got to know Widow, I began to really adore her candor. She was so cut off from so many other parts of being, but here she is, deliciously convincing him to kill himself so she doesn't have to leave fingerprints on his body. She'll make sure he showers before this all begins. She's ready to extract what she wants from him, the current won't be what she wants until he's dead. Whatever his addiction is, she's convincing him that mother mary will supply it."

    "'Give me peace, love and a hard cock': because you can't have one without the other. For her to really say, 'are you gay?/are you blue?' that same person has had to say 'give me peace, love, and a hard cock,' because if I hear Peace and Love one more time! That is so full of shit!"
    merchantpierceon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think it's quite sarcastic, she's viewing men in a single-minded way and in that maybe accusing men of viewing women in a single-minded way by doing that.

    She's never flatly denied it was about Courtney. I think it may have links to her, but it's not simply about her. It's about lots of stuff. Tori's songs are never simple & that's why she's so amazing.
    missmeon July 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlol. verryberry, i could see your point of veiw on this... yoko definately had control over john. she was a very manipulating woman just like the woman in this song... good call.
    birdcansingon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Don't blow those brains yet, we gotta be big boy" Could it be Tori accusing Courtney of seeing the suicide as a cash oppurtunity?
    Prisoner.I.Wason March 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI find the Courtney Love interpretation fascinating. Further evidence supporting this include the "Mother Mary, china white... Brown may be sweeter, may be sweeter..." section, she's obviously referring to the Heroin that Courtney and Kurt did together - just as Yoko was responsible for dosing John's heroin so to was Courtney - basically they handled the supply of drugs fed to the men (partly as a means of control I imagine)

    She will supply, she will supply, she will supply, she will supply, supply, supply." section
    davidbeauyon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI honestly believe this song IS about Courtney Love. Every word and every meaning. When Tori sings starfucker shes referring to Courtney Love. Love wanted to do whatever it took to get famous. Sleep with rock stars etc. She tried to sleep with Billy Corgan only for his fame. She met Kurt and knew she hit the big times.

    The selling his baby part is referring to Courtney Love's father. He has made a career out of writing books about Courtney and Kurt. Neither of them get along. Love's father was once the music manager of the grateful dead. Her father is obsessed with fame too.

    Totally agree with the drug reference at the end. Heroin was their drug although Courtney preferred coke and Kurt preferred Heroin to soothe is stomach issues.


    The Peace and Love at the end really puts the cherry on the ice cream. Courtney got the Love from peace and love to create her stage name. She said so herself. She wanted to identify with the hippy culture she grew up in.
    Jae26on July 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFor some reason, this song reminds me of Courtney Love.
    I Shoot Starzon May 11, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI remember reading a magazine article that was talking about Courtnye Love, and the writer just flatly assumed that this song was about her. It could be, but it's about a bunch of other things, too. It has that whole steriotypical South flavor like "Little Amsterdam," and it's kind of about a woman who lives in a time and place where she can't have power, so she does everything through her husband. And she's evil, too.
    I love that last line.
    ic_assasainon September 14, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song is an in-your-face piece supposedly accusing Courtney Love of the murder of Kurt Cobain ..... Even though it has been widely claimed that Tori Amos wrote this song about Courtney Love and her doomed husband, Tori has stated in numerous interviews that this is definitely not true.
    JeffKaos71on February 07, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti don't know if this song is about courtney love, but if it is its def not accusing her of killing kurt - 'Don't blow those brains yet, we gotta be big boy'
    Gem_Jonescrazyon September 13, 2005   Link

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