“The Winged Painter is on uptown” I said
“Will you meet me to go…”
Washington Square
I’m racing there
to get you at
oh the Nocturne noon…
Isabella on the way there stops me
(I say) I can’t stay today -
I’m off in flight Towards Another Light.
Washington Square,
I meet you there and we go.

now He’s on the run
He’s on the run
From this walking Greeting Card
and Chloe’s Kiss,
The Wolf Pit,
The Wine Harvest,
and Phileda’s Lesson -
We’re not his possession.
in Winter,
Trampled flowers
in Winter

these Garlands -
The Blue Pirouette,
The Marriage,
The Mimosas,
Black Sun Over Paris…
these Garlands -
The Little Swallow,
St. Paul from the window,
from the 1/2 open window.

Eve incurs God’s displeasure.
Odysseus and Penelope,
Ulysses and Penelope,
The Festival,
In Hell.

in Winter,
The Winged Painter,
The Winged Painter,
Washington Square -
Let’s go see a Day in May
from The Winged Painter

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    General CommentBesides from the character Isabella, this song is put together by titles of Marc Chagall portraits and paintings: "Chloe’s Kiss", "The Wolf Pit", "The Wine Harvest", and "Phileda’s Lesson", etc.

    Marc Chagall was a Russian-born artist noted for his dreamlike, fanciful imagery and brilliantly colored canvases. Among his works are two huge murals designed for the New York City Metropolitan Opera House in 1966.

    Who is Isabella then?

    Isabella I of Castile and Aragon, also known as Isabella of Castile, Isabella of Spain, Isabella the Catholic (Isabel la Catolica). She ruled with her husband Ferdinand, drove the Moors from Granada, expelled unconverted Jews from Spain, sponsored Christopher Columbus' voyage to the New World, and established the Inquisition.
    Strych9on April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIf Isabella in this song is Queen Isabella, then Tori is actually singing about the person portaited in Leonardo Da Vinci's "La Giaconda" commonly known as "Mona Lisa". I support the theory that this painting actually is a portrait of Isabella I of Castile and Aragon, and not Lisa Gherardini which is claimed by art experts.
    Strych9on April 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthere's something about this song that makes me uneasy. it's like upcoming tragedy.
    indiaaon November 08, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationTori often uses first names in her songs; Isabella might just be another character.
    rabbitwithfangon March 01, 2014   Link

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