with a strut into the room
with his hat cocked sure defiantly
he said \"I. I have heard.
that you can play the way I like it to be played.\"
I said, I can play. anyway that you want.
But first I want. I want to know

Baby is it Sweet Sweet
Sweet the Sting
is it real this infusion-
can it heal where others before have failed?
If so then somebody
Shake Shake Shake
me sane
\'cause I am inching ever closer
to the tip of this scorpion\'s tail.

He said \"I laid my weapons
down with my pistol
fully loaded, a hunted man
to my root, will it end
or begin in your cinnabar juice?\"

is it Sweet Sweet
Sweet your Sting
is it real your infusion
can it heal where others before have failed?
If so then somebody
Shake Shake Shake
me sane
\'cause I am inching ever closer
to the tip of this scorpion\'s tail.

Love let me breathe
breathe you in
melt the confusion
until there is
there is you - union

Baby is it Sweet Sweet
Sweet your sting
is it real your infusion
can it heal where others before have failed?
If so then somebody
Shake Shake Shake
me sane
\'cause I am inching ever closer
to the tip of this scorpion\'s tail.

Baby is it sweet, now now
Baby is it sweet, boy
Baby is it sweet


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  • +2
    General Commentit is VERY self explanatory.
    she needs the man, but is wary.
    she knows she\'s in for some shit
    but like all of us,
    she wants to sweet the sting.
    jethroon April 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song. I think it's one of the best songs on this album. This song, along with Hoochie Woman sound like the Tori I enjoy hearing. This album is more subtle and comtemporary. It's way different than what I'm used to hearing from Little Earthquakes, Pele, Choirgirl, but, eh, it will do. She is getting older, and along with that comes the mellow caca, but, she's still the best!
    boysforpeleon February 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo get closer to the scorpion's tail is to connect and get closer with this guy, and most of all, risk a discernable sting. Other guys she'd become close to would sting her (as they should've) and leave wounds. The right type of sting would leave her wanting more.
    Orange Morendoon April 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationHas anyone else noticed how the lyric: "I. I have heard. that you can play the way I like it to be played" kind of mimics the line in 'Precious Things' "He said you're really an ugly girl, but I like the way you play..."

    The Beekeeper is a much softer, gentler album as others have commented and 13 years after 'Little Earthquakes' Tori Amos seems to have resolved a lot of her sexual/feminine angst (e.g. she married and had a baby), so now she is more at ease with herself and men and sexuality, etc. and hence the lyric reflects that.

    Just a thought I had last time I listened to this song.
    bethharringtonon February 05, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with boysforpele, it is really mellow, but im glad that even now she can make wonderful music with contemporary beats without comprimising her beautiful lyrics.
    skyphilison March 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow i love this song... pretty self explanatory... its quite sexy
    mornzzzon April 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"This can be a place of being able to confront something that's out of balance. And it's an ancient practice that the bee shamans have been working with for thousands of years. They work with a tradition that forces you to look at those places that may need to be stung. And in order for you or for I to gain the sweetness... wisdom does not come without the sting."
    -Tori Amos
    marquiceriseon December 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAwesome song - typically Tori that demonstrates her amazing vocal range. Gotta love it!
    verryberrygirlon December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere's also the fable of the scorpion and the fox.

    The scorpion wants to cross a river, and asks the fox to carry him across. The fox won;t do it, she's afraid the scorpion will sting her, and she'll drown. The scorpion promises not to, and she agrees, but as they reach the middle of the river, the scorpion stings her. As they sink, the fox asks the scorpion why he stung her, as they'll now both drown, and the scorpion replies simply "sorry... it's in my nature."
    Doom Shepherdon July 31, 2007   Link
  • -2
    General Commentthis song is about a crack addiction
    cycoticnymphon November 11, 2005   Link

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