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 CommentI think the groups of people that the person lives with are the terrorists, a section of society she's been trying to change herself to be accepted by.
    'a matter of complication, when you become a twist, of their latest drink as they're transitioning' - she changed herself to be the drink of the moment, the zeitgeist, but times moved on so quickly and she became old news - they moved on to someone younger, prettier, whatever she no longer was to them.
    'this little pill in my hand' - anti-depressants to keep out the voices of crippling self-doubt she feels now that she's not the hottest property anymore. Will she overdose? - the secret kiss...
    daneypopson February 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about a young girl and relationship that she is not supposed to have... say with a teacher or someone who is over 18.

    The power of orange knickers under her petticoat refers to how empowered she feels to have this secret and the sexual influence on him. She has this bright and shocking thing hidden away under very proper petticoats, and only she and people who she allows know about it. Having a secret provides power over people who do not know it.

    I think that the power of listening to what you don't want me to know could refer to a number of situations, but just think about the powerful feeling it gives you to know someone else's secrets. In this case I think that it is probably what most people have suggested, she finds out that she does not mean anything to him - it could be that he has another woman, has no intention of leaving his wife, or simply denies that he has a relationship with her.

    The matter of complication is of course her age in my interpretation - especially because of the transitioning line

    Being alone in this kiss I think has to do with both what other people have suggested about her being emotionally "in" the kiss, but also that a kiss is never just one person. There is someone else involved

    Now as to who the terrorist is, it is the singer. She has the power over him sexually, and she has his secrets. She can "rip his life to pieces" and she has the pill in her hand. In a way the situation is a suicide mission because she will be ruined by it, but he will suffer more damage.

    Well anyway, even without this specific case of a girl and a much older man is not exactly on the money I am quite sure that she is the terrorist, not the other woman if there is one. Mostly why I feel like that is because over and over again it explains how the singer has the power.
    dartishaon March 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    General CommentI think its about a secret affair for sure.. on exctasy.
    MazzyHaze*on December 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    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
  • 0
    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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