"Hey Jupiter" as written by and Tori Amos....
No one's picking up the phone
Guess it's me and me
And this little masochist
She's ready to confess
All the things that I never thought
That she could feel and

Hey Jupiter
Nothing's been the same
So are you gay
Are you blue
Thought we both could use a friend
To run to
And I wouldn't have to be with you
As something new

Sometimes I breathe you in
And I know you know
And sometimes you take a swim
Found your writing on my wall
If my heart's soaking wet
Boy your boots can leave a mess

Hey Jupiter
Nothings been the same
So are you gay
Are you blue
Thought we both could use a friend
To run to
And I thought you wouldn't have to keep
With me
Hiding

Thought I knew myself so well
All the dolls I had
Took my leather off the shelf
Your apocalypse was fab
For a girl who couldn't choose between
The shower or the bath

And I thought I wouldn't have to be
With you
A magazine

No one's picking up the phone
Guess it's clear he's gone
And this little masochist
Is lifting up her dress
Guess I thought I could never feel
The things I feel
Hey Jupiter, nothing's been the same

So are you gay
Are you blue
Thought we both could use a friend
To run to
Hey Jupiter, nothing's been the same
So are you sane, now we're through
Thought we both could use a friend
Hey Jupiter


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"Hey Jupiter [Album Version]" as written by Tori Amos

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    General CommentA small comment here -- she's not questioning anyone's sexuality in this song.

    "Hey Jupiter, nothing's been the same.
    So are you gay, are you blue?
    Thought we both could use a friend to run to."

    The second line "So are you gay, are you blue?", she's not referring to the dude's sexuality (or herself), there's a "hidden" (yet pretty literal) meaning to that, shes coined a phrase using both a literal meaning and a metaphore, where "gay" comes to take its original meaning of "happy", while the "are you blue" part is indeed asking him if he is sad -- "Are you happy? Are you sad?" by asking that, shes showing that, though brokenhearted, she still cares about the man she fell in love with, which is further evidenced by how she calls him Jupiter thorough the song: She has feelings for him, even when he turned her into a wreck.
    Tizzy333on April 25, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti listened this song all night at the time when i was in a relationship with one boy who lived far away, and at the same time, in my hometown i met the other guy, jupiter i would say. and i trully was in love with both of them. the love triangle.
    so until recently i didn't have the 'storytellers' and when i heard tori's saying she was in love triangle at that time it just blew me away, i couldn't believe it.
    and to the song: shower or a bath - which one of them should i pick?
    guess i thought i could never feel things i feel - i never thought i could be in love with two boys at the same time.
    and the guess it's me and me is a part when she/i/all of us in that situation realize that love triangle always ends up with you being alone. with neither one of the two on your side.
    excuse my english.
    it takes me to that period in my life every time i'm listening it. very sad.
    -nienna-on June 04, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningThank you for those who notes he explaination of the song when she did story tellers. It is about a love triangle. "Shower or a bath" both serve the same result but different delivery. The term of masochist is that one chooses to take on an additional relationship and there is a form of self torture in having a lover on the side.
    Gemdragonon January 22, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love her work but I can't make sense of her lyrics sometimes. I know it sounds weird, but I always imagine the descent into madness that has come with falling in love. Weird, I know!:)
    fadedon April 27, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalso jupiter means the love of her life i think, her biggest love, after all jupiter is the biggest planet
    missmeon November 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor me this song always sounded like a love triangle gone wrong. The one she loves is the one she is calling but he is not answering anymore. In a self destructive move she has sex 'little macochist is lifting up her dress' with the other guy in the triangle because she needs someone to run to.
    fairycakeon April 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenton yessaid.com there are interviews regarding the song.

    she said that during the 'under the pink' tour in phoenix, a ghost came and sat on the edge of her bed and sang a song. he led her into the bathroom, still singing, and she turned on all the hot water and its noise harmonized with his singing. he then drew her a picture on the steamed mirror. she interpreted it as being "that earth and Jupiter were in love billions of years ago, then they were separated, and now they are billions of miles apart, and this is earth’s love song to Jupiter."

    at the time, she was in a really rough patch and indeed, as she said herself, involved in "a love triangle".

    i think the ghost was trying to help bring her to this apocalypse where she could see that the way she had "looked at relationships with men and put them on a pedestal is over."

    the man she had called over and over was in particular Eric Rosse, and i'm gathering that Jupiter symbolizes him.

    i also wonder about Fairycake's idea; "...In a self destructive move she has sex 'little macochist is lifting up her dress' with the other guy in the triangle because she needs someone to run to."
    kateb0on September 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song makes me cry every time I hear it. The Dakota Remix of it is also really good -- I can't decide which I like better.

    My favorite line: "Your apocalypse was fab for a girl who couldn't choose between the shower or the bath."
    starpatrolleron October 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey Jupiter is about the pain of separation that Amos says is very much about a real man. "I was at my lowest. I was at a hotel in Phoenix, and I realized that for once there wasn't a man I could turn to."

    "well, i was really in a bind because, um, i was doing some bad things. i was in a love triangle with these, uhh.., i don't know if they were real men now...i'm not...i'm confused about the whole thing! let's see , i was lying in bed...um, strange things happened to you on tour. like strange englishman start sitting at the end of your bed, apparitions of dead guys . and they start singing songs to you. and this guy was definitely dead, and he was definitely singing to me. um, so i'm confused about the copyright laws. i'm not sure if i need to call his ex-wife and give him part of the song or not. but, why should i do that! she's rich...she's not nice. and so, anyway, i kept the copyright, the guys forgot who i was, and the song's mine."
    [answer to question of the circumstances surrounding the writing of Hey Jupiter, VH1 Storytellers]

    "When we hit Muhammad you realize we've just taken a bend in the road. The first half of the record is about her descent in to the horror; she's got to find another way of looking at herself. On Hey Jupiter, she knows the way she has looked at relationships with men and put them on a pedestal is over. There's a sense of incredible loss because I knew that I would never be able to see the same way again. It's freeing, and [yet] there's a sense of grieving with that."

    merchantpierceon May 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I always imagine the descent into madness that has come with falling in love." Faded, that was probably one of the most beautiful things I have ever heard.
    andshediedon August 31, 2002   Link

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