"Space Dog" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Way to go Mr. Microphone
Show us all what you don't know
Centuries secret societies
He's out commander still
Space Dog

So sure we were on something
Your feet are finally on the ground he said
So sure we were on something
Your feet are just on the ground girl

Rain and snow
Our engines have been receiving your eager call
There's Colonel Dirtyfishydishcloth
He'll distract her good
Don't worry so

And to the one you thought was on your side
She can't understand
She truly believes the lies

Lemon pie
He's coming through
Our commander still Space Dog
Lines secure Space Dog

Deck the halls
I'm young again
I'm you again
Racing turtles
The grapefruit is winning
Seems I keep getting this story twisted
So where's Neil when you need him
Deck the halls
It's you again
It's you again
Somewhere someone must know the ending
Is she still pissing in the river now
Heard she's gone
Moved into a trailer park

So sure we were on something
Your feet finally on the ground he said
So sure we were on something
You feet just on the ground girl
So sure we were on something
Your feet finally on the ground he said
So sure we were on something
Your feet are just on the ground

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"Space Dog" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentTori has said, "Pretty Good Year and Space Dog kind of kiss each other... Concept being, somebody that had all of these beliefs, and then just numbed themselves."(on the fansite, hereinmyhead).

    I personally see it reflecting the twisted path of any situation, especially love, where we don't know how things will work or how they will end or where to go next. Its about our own lack of insight. We're racing turtles, a notoriously slow animal and an inanimate piece of fruit is winning. Thus no one is going anywhere. That's why we need the grand storyteller, Neil, to tell us what will happen next.
    esoteric06on April 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a "mushroom trip" as Tori described, but I think it is, alongside with the random thought flows, I think it is about God and the personal battle between a person and their brain.
    dazedkidon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentActually, I think she's singing about the governments/world leaders, using a lot of her imageries. And how much deceiving they can be and making everybody's life miserable.
    Eatcarpeton December 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'd agree with the drug trip idea, because the one obvious line in this song is "so sure we were on something". But, like any good Tori song, many interpretations work.
    yossarianismeon January 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can definitely agree with both ideas. The government one really stands out to me. For some reason, I keep thinking of the menstrual cycle when I read certain lyrics from this song. Maybe it's because space helmets remind me of toilets? Maybe dirtyfishydishcloth reminds me of a used "rag"? Maybe lemon pie reminds me of urine? I'm pretty sure it's just me so don't lecture me on my interpretation, please. I'm pretty artistic when I'm on the "rag," actually. A woman's period is such an ugly and beautiful thing. Ugly beauty is art to me. So, voila! Here I am telling people about how this song reminds me of a bleeding vagina... What is wrong with me!?!? hah.
    dedgrrlsdanceon July 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPrevious post. Heh heh. Nice. And Mr. Microphone would be an obvious allegorical nod to.... a male body part?

    daedoloson December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk, its a little obvious, but "seems i keep getting this story twisted
    so where's Neil when you need him" is a refference to Neil Gaiman, and "Where's Neil When You Need Him" is the name of the new Neil Gaiman Tribute Album coming in june (?) and with Sister Named Desire By tori on it.
    Mordakon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah, this song makes absolutely no sense to me, though it's probably my favorite on the whole album. I love all of its moods. Also -- couldn't Neil be Neil Young? Weren't they friends?
    jalchemooron March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about two women who were friends early on in life, and when they were teens or something around that area they experimented with drugs together. But now that they're older they're kind of disconnected. One is a housewife living a meager existence, maybe in a trailer park, with a domineering husband; and the other is now reflecting on the past and dreaming of what was and could have been.
    monkeykillzbananaon April 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"Where's Neil When You Need Him" is a reference to Neil Gaiman. He and Tori are very close friends, and she references him in many of her songs.
    monkeykillzbananaon April 22, 2007   Link

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