leaving terra
leaving terra

if you're a thought
you will want me
to think you
and I did

invite a Guest
up until you announced
that
you had moved in
"what do you plan to do
with all your freedom?"
the new sheriff said,
quite proud of his
Badge
"you must admit the Land is now
in good hands"

yes, time will tell that
you just life your lamp

I will follow
Her on her path
Scarlet's Walk
through the voilets
just tell your
Gods for me
all debts are off this year
they're free to leave
yes they're free
to leave

leaving terra
leaving terra

there was a time
when i thought that
Her destiny
should've been
mine
Big Brave Nation
but instead her Medicine
now forgotten

"what do you plan to do
with all your stories"
the new sheriff said,
quite proud of his Badge
we'll weave them through
every
rocket's red glare
and
huddled masses
you just lift your lamp

I will follow
Her on her path
Scarlet's Walk
through the violets
just tell your
Gods for me
all debts are off this year
they're free to leave
yes they're free
to leave

leaving terra
leaving terra

if you're a thought
you will want me
to think you
and I did
and I did








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    General CommentThis song, and the whole album to some extent, reminded me of tangled up in blue by bob dylan. I've not subjected this to a strict interpretation; but it puts me in mind of two characters, one red one blue, following, chasing and loosing each other in a dance across the country. Obviously we are aware of Scarlet; but there are a few oblique menntions of blue in the forms of violets, blues and i believe lithium is mentioned somewhere else in the album. Why precicelsy they are trailing each other, and who is following who (blue or red) is not clear; but then do you ever know your reasons when you find yourself on those hazy modern urban quests?
    Losteston February 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation is this: Scarlet is America and the sheriff is 'the white man' who was welcomed when first he came, but like all Europeans did - to expand the empire (pick one) he decided that he'd stay, not just be a guest in Scarlet's land so he announced theat he was staying and thats where things got ugly.
    For awhile, Scarlet being the congenial sweetheart she is said 'fine, sure! Stay, but expect me to like it'. So the deal that she struck with the Christian was nix'd; 'if they're going to stay, they're going to pay'. So, in come the natives, who Scarlet was very happy to have live with her as they respected her and furry animal friends and when the white man came, everyone living with Scarlet fought back. Despite the slaughter, Scarlets true stories will stay with the land when she goes 'so you just lift your lamp'...that being meant as ''you'll get yours''...and the white man did. Fighting with his fists (war) wont be something that will keep the white man's ways lasting for more then a few centuries (its allready failing) and Scarlet will be back and take some sort of revenge.
    Thats what I have to about the song and Virginia supports my theory - Scarlet and Virginia are pretty close friends. I just hope someone can make sense of what I have to say
    Linn8379on October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy interpretation is this: Scarlet is America and the sheriff is 'the white man' who was welcomed when first he came, but like all Europeans did - to expand the empire (pick one) he decided that he'd stay, not just be a guest in Scarlet's land so he announced theat he was staying and thats where things got ugly.
    For awhile, Scarlet being the congenial sweetheart she is said 'fine, sure! Stay, but expect me to like it'. So the deal that she struck with the Christian was nix'd; 'if they're going to stay, they're going to pay'. So, in come the natives, who Scarlet was very happy to have live with her as they respected her and furry animal friends and when the white man came, everyone living with Scarlet fought back. Despite the slaughter, Scarlets true stories will stay with the land when she goes 'so you just lift your lamp'...that being meant as ''you'll get yours''...and the white man did. Fighting with his fists (war) wont be something that will keep the white man's ways lasting for more then a few centuries (its allready failing) and Scarlet will be back and take some sort of revenge.
    Thats what I have to about the song and Virginia supports my theory - Scarlet and Virginia are pretty close friends. I just hope someone can make sense of what I have to say
    Linn8379on October 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definitely at the pinnacle of the album. The white settlers have moved in, and despite being guests, have placed the land firmly into their hands.

    At the heart of this song is a story about losing identity, and having an entire land spirit and culture robbed and erased from existence. The saddest part is that the protagonist from this song is obviously seduced by the settlers, and is beginning to lose the essence of who she is,

    'if you're a thought
    you will want me
    to think you
    and I did
    and I did'

    This weakness leads into the next song 'Virginia', where the girls completely loses who she is, and betrays everything she knows.
    abey85on August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's funny how sometimes you don't listen to the words and you find some songs really really annoying. and than one day you're busy doing stuff, music's playing in the background and you hear it like you have never heard it before. it hits you right in the spot.
    indiaaon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentare you guys stupid? terra and scarlet= gone with the wind!
    bcarolineon October 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with all the comments about the settlers staying and taking over the land. I also think there's a subtext, particularly given the political situation in the US when the album was released. The line 'the new sheriff said, quite proud of his badge, you must admit the land is now in good hands, yes time will tell that' always makes me think of a politician, it could be anyone from the president to a local representative. there's a state of turmoil and war and restlessness and the messages say 'don't worry, we're looking after your interests'. I think Tori is encouraging us to look past the spin, and linking it back to the arrival of the settlers.
    daneypopson November 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's an interpretation of Gone With The Wind...hence Scarlet...and Terra....

    "all debts are off this year they're free to leave"

    and

    "What do you plan to do with all your freedom"

    It's about the freeing of the slaves...I think in some ways it's just dealing with the out comes of the Civil War.
    Fallen1617on December 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTori Amos is the best songwriter to come out of the 90s. No other woman In the world creates art this good. Scarlet's Walk is a masterpiece and Tori Amos is underrated and underappreciated. One day when the world is a speck of dust and people live in space they will rediscover her and say she was a God. I heart Tori.
    Ihearttorion August 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti have a different more simple interpretation..
    when i first heard the song i though this was about Tori changing to a new record label

    'invite a Guest
    up until you announced
    that
    you had moved in
    "what do you plan to do
    with all your freedom?"
    the new sheriff said,
    quite proud of his
    Badge
    "you must admit the Land is now
    in good hands"

    "what do you plan to do
    with all your stories"
    the new sheriff said,
    quite proud of his Badge
    we'll weave them through
    every
    rocket's red glare
    and
    huddled masses
    you just lift your lamp

    i guess the sheriff is epic records lol

    taluloxxon September 06, 2009   Link

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