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Tori Amos – Garlands Lyrics 14 years ago
If 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.

Tori Amos – Etienne Lyrics 14 years ago
This song is about a gypsy girl, I think.

Tori Amos – Song For Eric Lyrics 14 years ago
This song sounds exactly like Norwegian folk music.

These lyrics take me back to old tales of the fishermens women on the Norwegian coast, waiting day and night for their husbands to come home from sea, never knowing if they ever would return. They would stay up all night worrying.

"You know me like the nightingale": The nightingale's songs have been shaped by their environment, just as the rap musician of New York delivers a different "tune" to the yodeller in the Norwegian mountains. The nightingale holds up to 300 different love songs in his repertoire. Although it also sings during the day, the nightingale is unusual in singing late in the evening; its song is particularly noticeable at that time because few other birds are singing.

Tori Amos – Garlands Lyrics 14 years ago
Besides 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.

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