this House is like Russia
with eyes cold and grey
you got me moving in a circle
i dyed my hair red today

i just want a little passion
to hold me in the dark
i know i've got some magic
buried deep in my heart, yeah
but my priest says,
"You ain't savin' no souls."
My father says,
"You ain't makin' any money."
My doctor says,
"You just took it to the limit."
And here I stand
with this sword in my hand

you can say it one more time
what you don't like
let me hear it one more time
and have a seat while I
take to the sky

my heart is Like the ocean
it gets in the way
so close to touching freedom
then I hear the guards call my name
but my priest says,
"You ain't savin' no souls."
My father says,
"You ain't makin' any money."
My doctor says,
"You just took it to the limit."
And here I stand
with this sword in my hand

you can say it one more time
what you don't like
let me hear it one more time
and have a seat while I
take to the sky

if you don't like me just a little
why do you hang around
there she goes again
wearing those purple panties
there she goes again
wearing her heart
there she goes again
why do you
take it, take it, take it


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Take to the Sky (Russia) song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentFirst, this was the first song written for little earthquakes. This is OBVIOUSLY a song about tori dealing with the painful embarrisment of Y KANT TORI READ. The album go HORRIBLE review, and after a while that really got to her, i mean would it get to you? "you can say it one more time
    what you don't like
    let me hear it one more time
    and have a seat while I
    take to the sky"
    Jest look at that, its sorta tori amos bursting with a "Look at me! i wanna show you who i really am!" then come sthe lyrics which directly reference Y KANT TORI READ
    "And here I stand
    with this sword in my hand"
    Tori amos stands on the cover of Y KANT TORI READ with a sword.
    then, the lyrics...
    but my priest says,
    "You ain't savin' no souls."
    My father says,
    "You ain't makin' any money."
    My doctor says,
    "You just took it to the limit."
    Reference's to how her FAMILEY AND FRIEDS feel about what she was doing abck then; how she wasn't beein herself.
    halfjackpresson May 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is such an empowering song. she's saying she's tired of giving a shit, she's gonna take off, do what she wants, live her own life, without caring about what other people think. i love the "if you don't like me just a little well why do you hang around?" line. she's tired of people judging her: if they don't like they way she lives, that's their problem, after all.
    missmeon November 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is strength...it's determination. It's about realising your own beauty, even when you're reluctant to do so. It's about having wings...it's about doing whats Good For You.
    The line -- "this house is like Russia with eyes cold & grey" seems to be about this western world -- where people never question, where people never look beyond the surface. A place where 'flying' is frowned upon -- a place where conformity rules.
    "I just want a little passion to hold me in the dark" is poignant for me. I interpret the dark as a depression -- and doesn't want to leave the abyss. I suffer from clinical depression & at times it seems like you can only really Know when you're suicidal -- when you're questioning everything. For many people, depression can be like a higher level of consciousness, strange as it may sound. Tori doesn't want to lose that.
    "and here i stand with this sword in my hand" For me, the sword is the words. I am an aspiring writer and at times, the words are the most important thing in my life. They can make me feel strong -- they're my weapon. I can fight the world if i've got words.
    lovecat_luxieon July 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song has to be one of my favourite tori amos songs, it reminds me of a painting i did awhile back ~

    i really believe it's about control in general, lost and gained control but in the end well, you're the one with the sword, you're the one with the power, it's up to you, really, what your future holds and all. its hard to disregard people telling you otherwise, pushing you around and stuff, dominating your thoughts and actions. but yeah... it really is all left up to you in the end. :) and then everyone who talks down to you and takes control of you... well, it would be satisfying to be able to take to the sky, you know. like showing them what you can really do.
    zebeeon September 16, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song stands out to me as having many specific references to the cold war. im not sure what it could mean but here's what i think:

    "this House is like Russia, with eyes cold and grey"- obviously about russia being the communist superpower in the cold war

    "i dyed my hair red today"- another reference to communisim, red being commonly associated with communism

    "but my priest says,
    "You ain't savin' no souls."
    My father says,
    "You ain't makin' any money."
    My doctor says,
    "You just took it to the limit."
    And here I stand
    with this sword in my hand"

    -possibly talking about people who are trying to tell her what to do and she is there, "with this sword in my hand" armed and prepared yet there is a sense that she has no purpose or direction and is confused as to what is right and wrong due to the things these people have been telling her

    "and have a seat while I take to the sky"- this is obviously about the sky race during the cold war, russia put a satellite into space which had the potential to begin the nuclear war, this created an overwhelming sense of fear and anxiety with possability of world destruction.

    "my heart is Like the ocean
    it gets in the way
    so close to touching freedom
    then I hear the guards call my name"

    -this could be about how in the beginning she talks anout the house being like russia and how she wants to escape it to freedom, referring to the usa with freedom from communism but when she is close to this freedom she is pulled back to fight ("i hear the guards call my name")

    this could mean that the whole song is about a domestic fight, utalising references to the cold war to describe the two sides of the fight

    i dont know if this is what other people thought but to me it makes sense :)

    cornflakegirlon April 18, 2009   Link

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