"Strange" as written by and Antoine/renald Sicotte....
Strange
Thought I knew you well
Thought I had read the sky
Thought I had read a change in your eyes
So strange
Woke up to a world
That I am not a part of
Except when I can play it's stranger

After all
What were you really looking for
And I wonder when will I learn
Blue isn't red
Everybody knows this

[Chorus]
And I wonder when will I learn
When will I learn
Guess I was in
Deeper than I thought I was
If I have enough love for the both of us

"Just stay"
You said "We'll build a nest"
So I left my life
Tried on your friends
Tried on your opinions
So when the bridges froze
And you did not come home
I put our snowflake under the microscope

After all
What was I really looking for
And I wonder
When will I learn
Maybe my wish
Knew better than I did

[Chorus]

So strange
Now I'm finally in
The party has begun
It's not like I can feel you still
But strange
What I will leave behind
You can call me one more time
But now I must be leaving


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"Strange" as written by James Renald Antoine Sicotte

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    General Commentwell, the romantic in me can easily equate this to a love story wherein the lovers are having a fall-out. Only one of the lovers try to hold on as his partner is slowly slipping away. In some relationships, there is a time where the lovers become more distant to each other.
    sputnikoion May 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTori Amos is easily one of the most influential artists of our time period. I just wish more people would wake up and realize it.
    Technicolor_Dreamson July 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI was obsessed with the Laci Peterson case, and this song always made me think of her: She kinda knew things weren't right with Scott, but that she "had enough love for the both of" them. She had signs things weren't right- she knew of a past affair, I think- "when will I learn". In the song, really, I think the woman leaves the man- but you can also hear a haunting, beyond the grave message, "woke up to a world that I am not a part of", Laci is dead, but seeing things as they happen. The whole last verse is about her finding peace and leaving, ie, her spirit is at rest. I'm not usually into the supernatural so much, but Laci's death was such a shame; this song isn't about her, but to me, it fits well. Just what I think about when I hear it.
    Shawnieon June 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know she wrote much of this album when she was in the southwest. And the first time I really listened to this album was this past summer when I lived in new mexico (and I have always lived in new york - quite a change!) So I know so much of the Scarlet Walk songs are references to this part of the country and to the legacy of the native americans.

    the very first verse is precisely how I felt upon coming to new mexico:
    "Strange
    Thought I knew you well
    Thought I had read the sky
    Thought I had read a change
    in your eyes
    so strange
    Woke up to a world
    that I am
    not a part
    except when I can
    play it's stranger"

    I thought I knew the USA, my home country, until I lived in NM. It was so different than what I was used to. There was even a different language. I literally woke up to a world that I was not apart of, except when I played the stranger.

    this may be nothing of what she was thinking when she wrote it, but this is how I always feel when I hear this song - that theres such a disconnect (or, there was) between me and my lifestyle in NY, compared to the land and the way of life in the southwest.
    omalllon September 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor a long time I took this song to be about the end of a romantic relationship, but now I think Tori has cleverly hidden a political song within a song that seems to be about a breakup. "Blue isn't red"-- Tori (or Scarlet) is wandering through her country (having lived elsewhere, in Tori's case) and thinking, "What happened? I love this country. I thought everything would be different after 9/11. I thought we'd come together. Why do I feel like everything is changed and I'm now an outsider? Why don't I understand this country's actions anymore? And why do I keep trusting that the government has our best interests at heart? When will I learn?"
    mythoughton May 10, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationTori Amos songs have touched me deeply and have spoken to me directly for years. I didn't get the message she was telling me. She gave me the courage to leave an abusive relationship and I wanted so badly to be loved that I went right into another relationship without allowing myself to heal. He was not an abuser but he was verbally abusive in some ways. This song is about our relationship. Particularly "So I left my life tried on your friends tried on your point of view" I tried to be everything he wanted me to be loosing myself in the process.

    Woke up to a world
    that I am
    not a part
    except when I can
    play it's stranger"
    I woke up and realized I had to leave but....I couldn't. I stayed on and on until he had a stroke and I was forced to put him in a nursing home. Even though I knew it wasn't healthy I stayed and years later I feel guilty for abandoning him.
    So when the Bridges froze
    and you
    did not come home
    I put our snowflake
    under a microscope
    He drank every single night, didn't come home, didn't call. We lived in a wintry area and I imagined him dead in a ditch night after night and over analyzed our relationship putting it under a microscope. Looking forward to Unrepentant Geraldines, maybe the answer will be in there.
    Torichampon January 02, 2014   Link

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