Just a minute of your time
Yes, I've been known to delude myself
So, let me put those rose-colored
glasses to the test.

Now is this real enough for you
'cause blondes here don't jump out of cakes
If that never impressed you much
Come 'board this lunatic express

Just, why do they say,
"Have a nice day," anyway?
We both know they wouldn't mind
If I just curled up and died
Oh, let's not give that one a try.

Chin up- put on a pair of these roseys
Raise those blinds.
Chin up- a happy mask was never
Your best disguise.
Chin up- put on a pair of these roseys
In no time you will feel almost fine.

Almost Rosey.

Now, some girls here will huddle with
No, not footballers that are rich
but will confide in small white sticks
He bats as The Virginian Slim.

Then, I tried once to comply
with an authority that would
Subsidize my wild side
But at this altar was sacrificed.

Yes, you can laugh a femme fatale
in a bride's dress now married to
The effortlessness of the cracks
That lie now in between the facts.

Just, why do they say,
"Have a nice day," anyway?
We both know they wouldn't mind
If I just curled up and died
Oh, let's not give that one a try.

Chin up- put on a pair of these roseys
Raise those blinds.
Chin up- a happy mask was never
Your best disguise.
Chin up- put on a pair of these roseys
In no time you will feel almost fine.

Now, about when violet died
The cause still unidentified
She thought her love would be enough
But you can't seduce seduction.

Her tentacles of endless want
Reach through my corridors
and tempt me to taste of her power
I sober with the witching hour.

And when I hear of one more bomb
Yes, we have all been robbed of song
and nightingales who throw their arms up
When is enough enough?

Just, why do they say,
"Have a nice day," anyway?
We both know they wouldn't mind
If I just curled up and died
Oh, let's not give that one a try.

Chin up- put on a pair of these roseys
Raise those blinds.
Chin up- a happy mask was never
Your best disguise.
Chin up- put on a pair of these roseys
In no time you will feel almost fine.
Almost Rosey.

Feeling Almost Rosey.
Feeling Almost Rosey.


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    General CommentI guess I have always been surprised by the way Tori's songs have such a broad range of meaning... depending on who is listening. That is why I love them, sometimes lyrics that may have meant something totally different in Tori's head make total sense in my life... and become very personal to me.

    I think with all the war interpretations, for me, it just weighs this song down too much. I listen and, it just says "it doesn't matter if people are fake, and life is hard... if you can 'delude' yourself, and dissociate or distract yourself into feeling better, come join me, we are a lot alike" It may not be 'real' but it is better than wallowing in all the things out there which scare, hurt or upset you.

    Genevieve79on August 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a very fast-paced song, and it's taken a couple of listens for me to absorb the lyrics. I'm still not completely sure about what it means but...

    I think the underlying message is that once you accept life for what it is and start looking for and embracing the good things, life will be better for you. It won't be perfect, but it will be "amost fine, almost rosey."

    I'm not sure about the bit with Violet and her "endless want...tempt[ing her] to taste of her power."

    Anybody else have any ideas?
    starpatrolleron May 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've taken a fairly different interpretation... to me this is about being depressed, but looking at the world in a positive light and feeling a bit better. "almost rosey" etc... cute song.
    antisheepon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is an anti-war song, espcially because it is credited to Isabel, who is the journalist and "watcher" of the posse. I think the song is a comment on the current administration and the message that everything is going "as planned" in Iraq, the idea that the establishment is trying to pull the wool over the people's eyes and asking everyone to put on "rose coloured glasses" and "not worry" because everything will be almost fine. I think it's about the faceless interactions we have every day "why do they say have a nice day when we both know they wouldn't mind if I died", i.e. we talk to so many people on a daily basis without ever really knowing anyone, just perpetuating this myth that everything is rosey - "how are you, I'm fine, have a nice day, you too, etc.".
    dragonflydamselon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLove your analysis dragonflydamsel. What is so great about Tori's music is she is a master of double entendre. It is definitely about war--and I agree overtly as evidenced by Isabel. But it is intensely about internal war with a woman. Whether she is sharing her feelings with a man or with herself or with another woman...I'm not sure. Or maybe it's someone talking to her. Femme Fatale is a reference to film noir from 1944 "Double Imdemnity" when the woman (the FF character) feels trapped by traditional womanhood, motherhood, etc. and kills her husband. Marriage is confining. It was done again by that name in 2002, but the concept developed in film noir during WWII (again War reference) and goes back to Lilith and Cleopatra. The beginning of course is depression (perhaps over knowing the confines of womanhood and what men are doing? again war and history as well as personally?). Her other persona (real or imagined admonishing her not to put on roseys, but really, a mask isn't her best disguise. The blondes don't jump out of cakes...Marilyn Monroe and JFK??? The famous b-day song? As well as a blanket indictment of not sensuality but ditzyness and saying blondes don't do this, but we take power (Isabel). (Just thinking out loud here) As for Violet, there are many Violets associated with Femme Fatale: Andy Warhol with Velvet Underground (who wrote a song called FF) worked with Ultra Violet--this could be a figuative death for Violet. Violet is also considered acceptable for mourning. There are many opera stars, prisoners, poets, writers who are called violet or use violet. But not being able to secude seduction? Well, if that doesn't fit Andy and UltraViolet! (But I haven't read all the poetry or seen all the opera!) Corridors of course are the brain (see emily dickinson) and the witching hour is of course the time when supernatural is at it's most powerful--particularly female. So Violet's tentacles of endless want tempt her to taste her power (look at the past Violets and what that power got them, what they sacrificed for men or whatever, what the cost) and she sobers with the witching hour F(when the supernatural--the female spirits, her kindrid sisters come) There is also a poem that talks of a nightingale being robbed of it's young and that the songs are in vain. I'm sure a well-read Tori would know this. The last verse speaks for itself and ties everything together. Whether you are waging an internal war or speaking out against a very real one, Isabel would say something about throwing up your arms against hearing one more bomb.
    avirginportraiton May 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of dialogue between a woman and her abusive boyfriend/husband. The sunglasses hide her beaten face; the guy doesn't want her to die, but he wants her to feel pain and be scared while still looking normal to the outside world.
    EJXD2on June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song represents the many roles a woman is expected to obtain in society. I loooove Tori and I appreciate her ability to verbalize these thoughts and feelings. She is a very wise woman and more young women should listen to her music. :)
    kaitiemarieon July 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know I’m wrong, but I think it’s about Rosie O’Donnell’s year on the view. She was “almost rosie.” She couldn’t quite be herself but ended up as a disaster. This could also be about fitting in to a group that doesn’t really mesh well with you… either way, I interpreted it through the lens of The View…which somehow I doubt tori is watching, but who knows.

    “Just a minute of your time… Yes I've been known to delude myself”

    Just a minute = 1 year contract
    Delude myself = that they’d accept an overly liberal loud lesbian

    “so let me put those rose colored glasses to the test”

    She knew it wouldn’t work, but tried to see the best parts of it.

    “Now is this real enough for you”

    All about the lines blurred between TV and reality…and how she would create controversy. She was exploited to bring this to the show.


    “come board this lunatic express”

    Rosie’s emotional roller coaster & emotional problems.

    “Just why do they say - Have a nice day anyway - We both know they wouldn't mind - If I just curled up and died”

    Why do they say “Take a little time to enjoy the view…” when we all know they wouldn’t care how our day goes.

    “Chin up a happy mask was never - Your best disguise”

    Rosie did not fake being happy too well. It was pretty clear she was miserable there.

    “Chin up put on a pair of these roseys - In no time you will feel almost fine”

    1 year contract – in no time, it’ll be over… just focus on the positive things.

    “Almost rosey”

    Wasn’t really her… was almost her…but not her.

    “Now some girls here will huddle with - No not footballers that are rich”

    Not sure – has something to do with Elisabeth Hasselback’s husband being a football player.

    “Then I tried once to comply - with an authority that would - Subsidize my wild side - But at this altar was sacrificed”

    So she tried to go with the flow, be one of the View ladies. She tried to comply with an authority (abc / etc) who wanted her to be herself, her wild & crazy self… but then when she was, she was sacrificed. So they paid for her to be who she was (subsidized her wild side) but then killed her for it in the end.

    “Yes you can laugh a femme fatale -- in a bride's dress now married to”

    It’s hard to feel bad for a millionaire. Was she REALLY a tragic figure… not really.

    “The effortlessness of the cracks --- That lie now in between the facts”

    Has to do with her 9/11 conspiracy stuff

    “Now about when violet died -- The cause still unidentified”

    Now about the 9/11 conspiracy that rosie supports…

    “She thought her love would be enough -- But you can't seduce seduction”

    Rosie thought that speaking out would be enough, but you can’t bring that to mainstream TV.

    “Her tentacles of endless want -- Reach through my corridors -- and tempt me to taste of her power
    I sober with the witching hour”
    She is very emotionally needy, and she reaches out to people on her blog online – so they can get a taste of her – or to read her new book about celebrity where someone can get a taste of what it’s like to be famous / powerful.

    “And when I hear of one more bomb -- Yes we have all been robbed of song”

    Each hot topics was another bomb. It was just going bad and she didn’t belong there. She was “robbed of song” – meaning that she decided not to even argue with Elizabeth anymore because Elizabeth was pregnant. Also, the media had vilified her so much that she was too exhausted to argue anymore.

    “and nightingales who throw their arms up -- When is enough enough?”

    Finally, enough was enough when Elizabeth and her had the big fight on “nuclear Wednesday” and she quit the show that day.
    AlexyssKTon August 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe View? that's an interesting interpretation... o_O

    I've always felt like this song was written while I was having a Very Bad Day, and she just pretty much put my thought processes to music. of course, I know that's not exactly it, but it's still encouraging to listen to the song and just kind of "feel" like Tori's got an arm around my shoulders and is saying "it'll be okay."

    also, for those of you who are curious, Tori actually talked about this one (and a few other ADP songs) on the Quicktime Tour page: sonymusic.com/artists/ToriAmos/quicktime/
    keyyoooon December 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song was directed at the state of America and the Bush administration. I think being in the UK must give her another perspective on her own patriotism and some of this song is seeing America from the outside.
    Like was said above you can see commentary on the situation in Iraq, but none of you guys mention Afghanistan also and I wonder if there is an element of that in there too. Here in the UK we still have soldiers dying there and so it could have elements of the Bush administration white washing the state of things there also.
    The other thing that makes me think that it is a little bit of Britishness creeping into her is that we don't do the "Have a nice day" thing here and so I wonder if she is kinda saying "come on America lets stop saying things for the sake of saying it, lets say what we really think."
    Of course there is the feminist stance in there too with the comments about the witching hour and blonds don't jump out of cakes. To me again she is making a statement about using our voices, some of this could be directed at the record labels (I think a lot of ADP is directed at record labels) But I think there is an element of saying "just because I am a woman doesn't mean that I am going to perform for you in a skimpy dress with my lips pouted."

    Of course that is just my opinion though.
    somalandon January 30, 2009   Link

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