"Father Lucifer" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Father Lucifer
You never looked so sane
You always did prefer the drizzle to the rain
Tell me that you're still in love with that milkmaid
How's the Lizzies
How's your Jesus Christ been hanging

Nothing gonna stop me from floating
Nothing gonna stop me from floating

He says he reckons I'm a watercolour stain
He says I run and then I run from him
And then I run
He didn't see me watching
From the aeroplane
He wiped a tear
And then he threw away our appleseed

Nothing gonna stop me from floating

Everyday's my wedding day
Though baby's still in his comatose state
I'll die my own Easter eggs
Don't go yet
And Beenie lost the sunset but that's but that's OK
Does Joe bring flowers to Marilyn's grave
And girls that eat pizza but never gain weight
Father Lucifer you never looked so sane


Lyrics submitted by Novartza, edited by Siv

"Father Lucifer" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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  • +3
    General Comment"So, um, when I came home I guess it was at Thanksgiving because I remember a bird and forks going down at the table, when my father said to me, 'Tori Ellen, I can't believe you wrote this song about me.' And I said, 'I write everything about you, what are you surprised about?' And he said, 'No, but I'm really hurt about this one.' And I said, 'Well which one is it?" And he said, "well, you called me Satan." And I said, "No! I was taking drugs with a South American shaman and I really did visit the Devil and I had a journey." And he went, 'Oh, Praise Jesus!'"
    [VH1 Storytellers]

    "Father Lucifer is really about going to have a cup of tea with Lucifer, which I had to do. Now, when I say Lucifer, I'm talking about the feelings that we hide from ourselves [not something that's twisted and evil, like during the Inquisition when they used Christianity to torture people. That's Satanism.] I had to go in this record when I was trying to find parts of myself that I had not let scream and dance and have a tear. I went to go visit Lucifer to get my talisman, which means my little magic key that took me to the places that I hadn't let myself go. That's really about having a little tango, a little dance, with Lucifer. The idea that Dark is not a scary thing if you go in there understanding there is a purity in Darkness. There's also a lot of distortion in Darkness. It's a choice where you want to go, and I wanted to get to the truth, not to the drama and to keeping me from the truth."
    merchantpierceon May 04, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn that third bit, I always heard 'Maybe she's hiding in a heart of gold/She's got a pig hiding in a truffle/Wearing those purple garters and girl I got a condo in hoboken'

    I love this song so much, it's my favourite Tori song, it's one of my favourite songs ever, and it's actually the first Tori song I ever heard My music teacher told my mum on parents' evening that my songwriting reminds her of Tori Amos, so I looked her up and I was really flattered.

    Also, 'Does Joe bring flowers to Marilyn's grave?' is one of my favourite song lyrics ever, I don't know why but I just love that bit.
    DrizzleAndRainon July 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThat conversation with her dad is hilarious!

    This song is Lucifer the light-bearer, who rejects the gloss, the high ideal, and goes to dwell in the underworld (and the myth is much, much older than the Christian version -- the Hades tales in Greco-Roman mythology are an easy place to start).

    Here is Tori, looking around for the hidden parts of life, the parts we hide under social niceties. I think most of her music is about that search.
    badverbon August 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this one. and I'm from Hoboken. And my mother had a condo there. Awwww...
    What does Southern Tori know about Yuppie Central Hoboken?
    j3ebruleson June 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentive heard several stories about how this song was about trent reznor but hey, maybe my sources are not all reliable
    numbbelligerenceon February 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment> And girls that eat pizza and never gain weight,
    > Never gain weight, never gain weight...

    Not sure about this whole song, these lyrics really stand out for some reason, especially with the three of them sining against each other like that ...
    *meepon August 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree about those two lines, *meep :). Lately this song has brought me close to tears. I love this song so much right now.

    To me, those two lyrics make a reference to bulemia (or maybe even anorexia, but the former is more likely). Tori has met many of her fans who have told her their difficult life stories, and I'm sure many of them have eating disorders. So, it makes sense to me. :) Tori often references her fans and their life stories, so it's my assumption.
    StarsAndTheSunon October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw her perform this song live and when she sang the line "Girls that eat pizza and never gain weight", she held out her middle finger to the crowd and everyone went totally crazy. She is so awesome!!!
    m_lemmingon November 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of my faves, i love the part where there are like three of them singing togather. it's like you have to make a decision but you don't know what to choose and you hear all those advices in your head. sooooo crazy:D
    indiaaon November 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh wow, whoever wrote the lyrics, I actually sat down and listened to the overlaying lyrics until I was absolutely positive I had the third verse down and I do believe she actually says

    It's like he/she's hiding
    In the highest tower
    Just got to keep
    Hiding til drum fall
    Swearing bells and
    Purple patterns and
    Girl I got a condo in Hoboken


    I do see the references to Trent Reznor
    and_complicatedon November 25, 2008   Link

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