on my way up north
up on the ventura
i pulled back the hood
and i was talking to you
and i knew then it would be
a life long thing
but i didn't know that we
we could break a silver lining

and i'm so sad
like a good book
i can't put this day back
a sorta fairytale
with you
a sorta fairytale
with you

things you said that day
up on the 101
the girl had come undone
i tried to downplay it
with a bet about us
you said that-
you'd take it
as long as i could
i could not erase it

and i'm so sad
like a good book
i can't put this day back
a sorta fairytale
with you
a sorta fairytale
with you

and i ride along side
and i rode along side
you then
and i rode along side
till you lost me there
in the open road
and i rode along side
till the honey spread
itself so thin
for me to break your bread
for me to take your word
i had to steal it

and i'm so sad
like a good book
i can't put this day back
a sorta fairytale
with you
a sorta fairytale
with you

i could pick back up
whenever i feel

down new mexico way
something about
the open road
i knew that he was
looking for some indian blood and
find a little in you find a little
in me we may be
on this road but
we're just
in this country you know
so we go along and we said
we'd fake it
feel better with
oliver stone
till i
almost smacked him -
seemed right that night and
i don't know what
takes hold
out there in the
desert cold
these guys think they must
try and just get over on us

and i'm so sad
like a good book
i can't put this
day back
a sorta fairytale
with you
a sorta fairytale
with you

and i was ridin' by
ridin' along side
for a while till you lost me
and i was ridin' by
ridin' along till you lost me
till you lost
me in
the rear
you lost me
i said

way up north i took my day
all in all was a pretty nice
day and i put the hood
right back where
you could taste heaven
feel out the summer breeze
didn't know when we'd be back
and i, i don't
didn't think
we'd end up like
like this

Lyrics submitted by merchantpierce

A Sorta Fairytale song meanings
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    General Commentto me this song is about a truly genuine love that was lost. it almost seems that she is recalling the event, sharing with us the sights, sounds, and feelings that were present in the time that it happend. a sorta fairytale, her story, her fairytale that was missing the happily ever after. what i love about tori's songs are that i can read them like a book. you hear her lyrics, and you come up with your own understanding, youre own story, something completely different from what she is saying. its a connection between the artist and the viewer. "riding along till you lost me in the rear view" this lyric means so much to me in so many different ways. we've all been left behind by someone going forward in their life. god i love this song!
    xstarfukkerxon May 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is allowing yourself to be open to love - not just the kind of love that you read about in fairy tales but in real love - with all the disappointments, pain and joy that comes along with allowing another person into your innermost private self.
    When you first fall in love with a person you have an idealized perception of who they are. As time goes on in a relationship there can be disappointments - you can never go back to the way it was when you first met them but you do have memories that you can call upon like passages in a book - these memories help keep you together and serve as reminders to why you fell in love in the first place. These memories help you to see the person you love as a whole and help you to move to the future together.
    This song really struck a chord with me and is one of my favorites.
    magda1enaon March 16, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI think my view may be different, but to me this song expresses a time when you have a wonderful day/experience with someone you know you just won't be able to be with for more than a seized day in your life. It's not going to work at that moment, yet you wish you could free that moment in your memory and relive that feeling again and again.

    There is someone who actually has given me that feeling lately. For various reasons we *just* can't be together whenever we want to be, but it doesn't mean we love each other any less for knowing the way things have to be. Each moment I share with that 'someone' feels exactly like that....a moment out of my normal time/space/life and *daaaaammmmnnnnnn* I wish I could save those days like photos in an albumor stories in a book. I could remember them when those times are passed.....so my fragile memory doesn't have to try and recall *all of it* cuz I know I will never remember it as perfectly as it was......but I am changed forever by this....
    laurethon April 19, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI love this song, it's beautiful and sad.
    It is hard to truly know the meaning of the words. To me, it's about a relationship that is not as good as it appeared in the beginning - before they truly got to know each other. But she'll forever treasure that beautiful day they spent together.
    I love the soft beat, the piano, her voice, everything - it's a pretty song.
    Fairytale - that's all it can really be.. not in reality.
    daydreamer82on June 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs this the one with the weird arm and leg video? It freaks me out. I really like this song though.
    borntorunon April 04, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI dunno this song kinda sounds like being in love and how we feel bitter to the ones we love and a little tension can become a huge argument which can end a relationship.
    GUILLOTINEincon April 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of "Cooling" in that it is about falling out of love, not being in love. It's not a fairytale. It's a *sorta* fairytale, because even in this perfect moment, riding down the California highway, with the hood pulled back, looking into a "lifelong thing," the girl comes "undone" and the silver lining breaks. And it's sad, like a good book, because it's so beautiful, but you know it's not real, so you try to "downplay" it.

    This song is the anti-angst breakup song. Just the pale cold reminder about how reality can crash into our fantasy relationship.
    susiestentoron October 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favourite. reminds me of my husband and i.
    vettie-edderon April 03, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about being in a relationship that hasn't turned out the way you thought it would, but being unable to leave the other person.

    "I knew then it would be a lifelong thing, but I didn't know that we could break a silver lining" = The relationship has gone south to the point where the speaker can't even see the proverbial "silver lining," but she knew when she met this person that they would be together forever.

    "I'm so sad, like a good book, I can't put this day back." = The relationship/person she's in it with make her sad, but she can't put them away and leave.

    "You lost me there in the open road" and "The honey spread itself so thin for me to break your bread, for me to take your word, I had to steal it" = This person thinks only of themself and shows no regard for her or her feelings, thus she feels that they have "lost" her in that they don't care about her. The honey has spread itself thin in that there's no sweetness or romance left in the relationship, and she can no longer trust this person or "take [their] word." Her "stealing it (their word)" is her attempt to find some redeeming qualities left in this person and the relationship, or else just trying to suck it up and pretend that everything is all right.

    "We're on this road but we're just impostors in this country, you know. So we go along and we said we'd fake it" = The speaker and her partner both know that their relationship isn't working, but, for whatever reason, they cannot break it off, so they'll continue to be together and pretend that everything isn't shot to hell, even though they know that they're living a lie.

    The last verse seems to be reminiscing on when they met, echoing the first few lines "I pulled back the hood, and I was talking to you and I knew then it would be a lifelong thing." The speaker is remembering the early days of the relationship when everything was fine and trying to re-create those feelings, but she can't, as evidenced by the last few lines, "I don't, didn't think we'd end up like, like this."

    The title "A Sorta Fairytale" and the repetition of this phrase throughout the song is both ironic and sad. The speaker knows that her relationship with this person is nowhere near being a fairytale romance, but she feels trapped in the relationship and has to fake it and pretend that they are as happy as the couples in fairytales.

    That's just my interpretation and how I relate to the lyrics, because I've been in this kind of relationship.
    leahmayhemon January 05, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningThe music video, directed by Sanji, features Amos, as a head attached to a disembodied leg, falling in love with another head attached to a disembodied arm (played by Adrien Brody). The two creatures show signs of romantic interest in one another, until the arm accidentally hurts the leg's feelings by laughing at her crooked fifth toe. The leg then flees by jumping onto a passing skateboard, and ends up alone on a deserted beach. The arm finds her and they consummate their love with a deep kiss. The act of kissing causes the arm and leg to suddenly start swelling up and growing their extra body parts—they finally become complete, "whole" humans by realizing their love.
    InterestedObserver12on October 12, 2011   Link

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