The power of orange knickers
The power of orange knickers
The power of orange knickers
under my petty coat.

the power of listening to what,
you don\'t want me to know.

Can somebody tell me now who is this terrorist
those girls that smile kindly then rip your life to pieces.
Can somebody tell me now am I alone with this-
this little pill in my hand and with this secret kiss
am I alone in this...

A matter of complication
when you become a twist
for their latest drink
as they\'re transitioning

Can somebody tell me now who is this terrorist
this little pill in my hand that keeps the pain living
Can somebody tell me now a way out of this-
that sacred pipe of red stone could blow me out of this kiss
am I alone in this...

The power of orange knickers
under my petty coat.

the power of listening to what,
you don\'t want me to know.

Shame shame time to leave me now
Shame shame you\'ve had your fun
shame shame for letting me think that I would be the one

Can somebody tell me now who is this terrorist
this little pill in my hand or this secret kiss, kiss
am I alone in this kiss, kiss
am I alone in this kiss, kiss


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    General Comment"I started to think about the word terrorist. It's a word you hear several times a day now. I started to think about what being a terrorist can mean in different situations. I wanted to explore the realm of personal invasion. Now this would be an invasion by someone you know personally, not a stranger. We all know about strangers being filled with hatred -- strangers who lash out against a government or an ideal. As a result, this stranger kills innocent people, tragically, people you may know personally. But when there is an intimacy between two people and one person starts to feel invaded by the other person, that is personalized terrorism. As we all know, the battleground between two lovers, or two friends, or two coworkers can be vicious. Painful. Heartbreaking. And bloody. I started to think about the weapons that might be used in this kind of battle, and as I kept digging for an answer, I stumbles into the Realm of Assonance. I started to think, Okay, what is the paradox of the terrorist? And Assonance, that beautiful creature, came to my aid and whispered, 'Kiss.' And sure enough, we have all felt invaded by a lingering kiss, for good or ill. But I had to find terrorism not just in a relationship of a couple -- representing two divided Beings -- but within one Being. After all, isn't that the ultimate discovery, the ultimate pain -- division within the self, the soul from the body, the mind from the heart, wisdom from consciousness, the addiction from the cure, the two Marys . . . divided? The lyrics started to come to me quickly..." [Tori Amos: Piece by Piece]
    Krystianon January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI was curious about how people were defining what a terrorist was," Amos explains. "[I wanted to] undress the word and really crawl inside the definition of it . . . People are using it to get the masses to agree with their agendas . . . [But] it can be a little pill that you're addicted to, or a person. And sometimes, for a woman, it's another woman."
    -taken from some online article
    Krystianon February 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, and it really bugs me that people I try to get interested in Tori get to "the power of orange knickers" but can't get beyond it.
    Anyway...
    "those girls that smile kindly,
    then rip your life to pieces", never were truer words said.
    Also...
    "A matter of complication,
    when you become a twist,
    for their latest drink,
    as they're transitioning", to me this says date-rape - drink-spiking of the drink of the moment, of the young (teens, 20s) - "as they're transitioning". Like a form of sabotage, or terrorism as she'd say.
    Anyone?
    Fragmenta_UKon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe title sounds so stupid, but it's a good song.

    Perhaps about an affair--"this secret kiss"
    Also, maybe she can have him sometimes and at others not:

    "Shame shame time to leave me now
    Shame shame you've had your fun
    shame shame for letting me think that I would be the one"
    missmeon December 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think its about a secret affair for sure.. on exctasy.
    MazzyHaze*on December 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE Tori, and I LOVE Damien Rice which is why this song was such a bitter disappointment. It's a good song. To me it's about secrets and tension... but i think that this song would have been best as a Tori solo and then Tori and Damien could have made something AMAZING.

    Couldn't you just picture the absolute emotion that the culmination of the feeling behind Silent all these years and Winter paired with The Blowers Daughter and Cannonball? OH MY GOSH... it could have been wonderful.
    antisheepon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the duet was unnecessary here. Amos also dug real deep for the kind of indulgence it must have took to give this song that title, when she could have used several other lyrics as the title, had she wished, and not come off as such a self-masturbator.

    That said, it's said this song is so brushed off. Half of The Beekeeper is crap, half is either good or really good, and this falls in the "really good". It's one of the Beekeeper songs in which she actually used her talent for writing a complicated set of lyrics. It's not just characterized by themes of rebellion, but also by the feelings of being used, of being an outcast, of additction, of being a foolish sucker in a one-sided relationship, and, as she has said, emotional terrorism.
    androgybunnyon March 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe song sounds like tori amos originally recorded it with only her own background vocals, and decided to stick in damien rice's vocals as an afterthought...its a good song, but damien rice sounds really out of place in this song
    xylophonesusanon May 25, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like this song, besides the whole thing with the terrorist and serect kiss part, the orange knickers seem (at least to me) in the 1900's woman wore layers of dull and constricting clothing, and had to listen to what men said but it doesn't mean they have to listen, hence underneath all the layers of dull falsehood is the bright orange truth.
    Alteratethe Egoon July 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like to think it has nothing to do with the "physical" I think it the terrorist we manifest in our minds, the niggling voice that tells us"Dont" "I Shouldnt", "You're Wrong" etc. Its the "terrorist" none of us can escape from (the one in our heads) but occassionally we have the power override the negative through the most trival of external influences
    araneaon August 17, 2006   Link

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