"Pretty Good Year" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Tears on the sleeve of a man
Don't want to be a boy today
Heard the eternal footman
Bought himself a bike to race
And Greg he writes letters and burns his CDs
They say you were something in those formative years
Hold onto nothing as fast as you can
Well still pretty good year
pretty good year

Maybe a bright sandy beach
Is gonna bring you back, back, back
Maybe not so now you're off
You're gonna see America
Well let me tell you something about America
Pretty good year
Pretty good

Some things are melting now
Some things are melting now
Well,hey what's it gonna take till my baby's alright
What's it gonna take till my baby's alright

And Greg he writes letters with his birthday pen
Sometimes he's aware that they're drawing him in
Lucy was pretty your best friend agreed
Well still pretty good year
pretty good
pretty good year


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"Pretty Good Year" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    My InterpretationThe interpretations written so far are pretty much my thoughts as well. I always thought Greg was someone who was perpetually alone, maybe the 'bullied' kid in school, and the letters were his way of reaching beyond and out of something that he is so stuck far inside. I originally wondered too if it was a fan letter that she had received as well.

    'Greg he writes letters with his birthday pen, sometimes he's aware that they're drawing him in" - 'drawing him in' means a few things. Mostly, that other people are etching him into their minds in a place that is probably misunderstood and casts a shadow. It also means that he is aware maybe that they are affecting his spirit and pushing him farther into isolation. "Pretty good year", to me, is a way of probably downplaying a not-so-good year, but one that may have been better than other much worse ones. The choice of the word "pretty" is irony, and very on point as far as description goes.

    And two perspectives are sung - "what's it going to take till my baby's alright" is sung from someone else who loves him - likely his mother, who wishes to protect him, but obviously can't or isn't capable of for probably a number of reasons.

    I often wonder too if Greg had SAD? I can relate to most of this song because it seems to reflect of my own experiences as a teenager and into my early 20s. Every decade has its own soundtrack.
    vancouvertyleron November 28, 2013   Link

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