"Spark" as written by William David South, Brendon Arthur James, Thomas William George Welham and Adam Michael Wilson....
She's addicted to nicotine patches
She's addicted to nicotine patches
She's afraid of the light in the dark
6:58 are you sure where my spark is here here here
She's convinced she could hold back a glacier
But she could'nt keep baby alive
Doubting if there's a woman in there somewhere here here here
You say you don't want it again and again but you don't don't really mean it
You say you don't want it this circus were in but you don't, don't really mean it, you don't don't Really mean it
If the divine master plan is perfected
Maybe next I'll give Judus a try
Trusting my soul to the icecream assassin here here here
You say you don't want it again and again but you don't, don't really mean it
You say you don't want it this circus were in but you don't, don't really mean it, you don't don't Really mean it
How mant fates turn around in the overturn
Ballerina's that have fins that you'll never find
You thought that you were the bomb yes well so did I
Say you don't want it say you don't want it
How mant fates turn around in the overturn
Ballerina's that have fins that you'll never find
You thought that you were the bomb yes well so did I
Say you don't want it, say you don't want it, say you don't want it again and again but you don't, Don't really mean it
You say you don't want it
This circus were in but you don't, don't really mean it
Don't really mean it
She's addicted to nicotine patches
She's afraid of the light in the dark
6:58 are you sure where my spark is here here here


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"Spark" as written by William David South, Brendon Arthur James, Thomas William George Welham, Adam Michael Wilson

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  • +6
    General Comment"Spark is about when I miscarried, in 1996. I was three months pregnant and very excited. All of a sudden I woke up one morning and started to feel bad. The songs started coming soon after. I was really angry at God. Going into a shopping mall and seeing some woman knock the head off her child, I'm going - 'So this is fair?' I don't know where the spirit went, whether she picked another mummy, like, "OK, choose her, then! Hope you're tone deaf!"

    Q: One last question. Who is the ice cream assassin?
    Tori: "Who do you think that is?
    Q: I have no idea
    Tori: "Well, people have been praying to him for a very long time and more wars have been fought in his name. The big guy. Think about it."
    merchantpierceon May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentrubberduckie, I think the "6:58 are you sure where my spark is" is a reference to phrases like, "it's 10:00, do you know where your children are?" That makes it even harder for Tori because her child isn't where it's supposed to be, in her womb.
    insanitybookon June 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe that "6:58 are you sure where my spark is" refers literally to what time it was when she realized she was losing her child.
    ninth_ladyon February 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese are the actual lyrics:

    She's addicted to nicotine patches.
    She's addicted to nicotine patches.
    She's afraid of the light in the dark.
    6.58 are you sure where my spark is?
    Here... Here... Here...

    She's convinced she could hold back a glacier,
    (Between cotton balls and xylophones)
    But she couldn't keep Baby alive.
    (I'm getting old)
    Doubting if there's a woman in there somewhere.
    (Give it to me, tell it to me)
    Here... Here... Here...

    You say you don't want it again and again.
    But you don't, don't really mean it.
    You say you don't want it, this circus we're in.
    But you don't, don't really mean it.
    You don't, don't really mean it...

    If the Divine master plan is perfection,
    (Swing low)
    Maybe next I'll give Judas a try.
    (Swing low, sweet chariot)
    Trusting my soul to the ice-cream assassin.
    Here... Here... Here...

    You say you don't want it again and again.
    But you don't, don't really mean it.
    You say you don't want it, this circus we're in.
    But you don't, don't really mean it.
    You don't, don't really mean it...

    How many fates turn around in the overtime?
    Ballerinas that have fins that you'll never find.
    You thought that you were the bomb, yes well so did I.
    (You thought that you were)
    Say you don't want it, say you don't want it...
    (Say you don't)
    How many fates turn around in the overtime?
    (How many...)
    Ballerinas that have fins that you'll never find.
    (Searching... to the end... of the world... until...)
    You thought that you were the bomb, yes well so did I.
    Say you don't want it, say you don't want it.
    Say you don't want it again and again.
    But you don't, don't really mean it.
    Say you don't want it this circus we're in.
    But you don't, don't you don't really mean it.
    (Don't really mean it)
    You don't, don't really mean it...

    She's addicted to nicotine patches.
    She's afraid of the light in the dark.
    6.58 are you sure where my spark is?
    Here... Here... Here...


    I hated this song when I first listened to it, back in 1998, when MTV was a music chanel. But after some time, it's the one that got me hooked into Tori...
    It's like all of her demonds mixed into just one song...
    stentorianon February 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've heard her say the 'ballerinas that have fins that you'll never find' is to do with mermaids - what is a ballerina with fins? a mermaid. she felt like she could never be a mermaid, and she'd never be a mother.
    daneypopson April 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the "nicotine patches" are because she quit smoking because of the baby -- and now all she's got are the nicotine patches. She's addicted to them because they remind her of being pregnant.

    Similarly, I have a very straightforward interpretation of "are you sure where my spark is?" The "spark" is the baby, the mysterious and miraculous spark of life. And there's nothing like the sensation of lying there while someone tries to find it (with an ultrasound)...

    Of course, I recently miscarried, so all I can hear in this song is pregnancy.
    AHyacinthGirlon May 20, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTori so often speaks/sings my truth! It seems 6.58 is the measurement of her baby when she is getting an ultrasound, and the tech is searching, and she is thinking it could be the tech's fault at first for not finding her 'spark', because she knows she's pregnant 'here', 'here'.
    After my 3 miscarriages/infertility, I said I did not want to get pregnant again, but 'you don't really mean it.' You just 'don't want the circus your in.' (Going to doctors, getting pregnant,getting your hopes up,losing the baby, more procedures, etc.)

    'How many fates turn around in the overtime'..... It sounds like how many times can you continue to test fate(either later in life for a woman) or just after multiple tries and finally have a successful pregnancy?

    'Ballerinas that had fins that you'll never find.' Infertility brings about tests of sperms counts, mobility- 'fins' and 'ballerinas'- eggs. (the male sperm decides on the sex of the child)
    Sounds like the "problem" may have been with her partner. 'You thought you were the bomb.''yes, so did I.'

    Her songs are always your own interpretation, that's why I love her so!
    hopehannahon July 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere's a lot of irony in the song. It seems pretty ironic to be addicted to nicotine patches rather than actual cigarettes.
    I think what she means with the words (particularly in the first verse) is that she's saying that she's so useless that she's managed to get addicted to nicotine patches. She feels this way because of her miscarriages. She feels like there's no point in trying anymore and she may just give in to the world. She used to think that she was a strong person, that she could conquer everything, but now that's all gone and she feels weak. The barrier has finally been pulled down and everyone can see how vulnerable she is.

    Such a sad song to start with, but I feel that in the third verse it's almost like she's fighting it, she's going to keep on trying.

    I'm glad she finally got Tash, she's such a lovely person to meet and her music is amazing.
    gnosisontoaston September 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, i see the song pulled so many memories in every one of us)
    as for the video, that's my take at it:
    First, Tori is driven somewhere in a car, tied up, in the junk. I guess, it represents the miscarriage: like she never thought of anything bad to happen, she just took this long ride called life, never actually thinking who sat at the wheel. (Turns out, many of us never actually know - or want to know who the driver is, do we?)
    And this very attitude got her trapped: literally and metaphorically. She thought she was a big star, riding in that chick car? Nope, ma'am...you put too much trust in someone you didn't know - so, it might mean she smoke, was toying with drugs, ate junkfood, didn't care about her lifestyle etc.
    You see, when things feel deceptively secure, do we ever wonder what happens? Sorry, but the answer is 'generally not'.
    And so the driver (I think he is the Inner Enemy - as a Jungian philosopher Clarissa Pincola Estes puts it - btw, you better check her up,cause her book 'Women who run with the wolves' seems to me to be often read and re-read by Tori - they have so much in common when it comes to the WOMAN issues)...well, the driver gradually takes over Tori, who lost the control and isn't watchful anymore.
    But! The miscarriage happens - that is the BUMP into the tree. When I was thinking about why this dreadful driver is searching for Tori (I was sure he trapped her and was going to kill her), it just klicked! He was taken by surprise as much as she was - only for her (for her Inner Woman, in Ms Pincola's terms) it was the awakening moment - and for him the moment of panic: she got free, she may run away, she may take over him and rule her life from then on!
    It is almost as if he's more afraid than she is - remember how the driver is truly anxious to find her - the Inner Enemy can't be when the Inner Woman (or Man) is free.
    And she wanders through the forest (her doubts and fears, and at the same time - the place of primal instincts that help her survive the pain), plunges - blindly - into the river, where the tissue falls from her eyes (she is re-baptized, re-born, she got cleared of the lies around her, she SAW. Also water may mean the water in the womb hat surrounds the baby - she came back to that moment and SAW).
    Finally, she gets to the other side (another meaningful symbol - the river means a para-normal experience, like communicating with the Other World: she went inside (remember her words about the time of Boys for Pele when she told about going inside and letting all those suppressed parts of her woman free?) and she watched the things in a different light).
    And when she gets out of the water, the driver can no longer get her - remember how he looks at the river- he's perplexed and annoyed, he can't get to the other side - he has to stay where he is and go back.
    gloriaregison November 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbout the 658 lyric. If you watch the music video for "Spark" the man chasing her looks at his watch quickly and it says 6:58. I just noticed that.
    Smooth0087on May 04, 2013   Link

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