"Yes, Anastasia" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
I know what you want the magpies have come

If you know me so well then tell me which hand I use

Make them go
Make it go

Saw her there in a restaurant
Poppy don't go
I know your mother is a good one
But Poppy don't go
I'll take you home

Show me the things I've been missin'
Show me the ways I forgot to be speaking
Show me the ways to get back to the garden
Show me the ways to get around the get around
Show me the ways to button up
Buttons that have forgotten they're buttons
Well we can't have that
Forgetting that

Girls girls what have we done
What have we done to ourselves, yes

Driving on the vine
Over clothes lines
But officer I saw the sign

Thought I'd been through this in 1919
Counting the tears of ten thousand men
And gathered them all
But my feet are slipping

There's something we left on the window sill
There's something we left yes

We'll see how brave you are
We'll see how fast you'll be running
We'll see how brave you are
Yes, Anastasia

And all your dollies have friends

Thought she deserved no less than she'd give
Well happy birthday
Her blood's on my hands
It's kind of a shame cause I did like that dress
It's funny the things that you find in the rain
The things that you find
In the mall and in the date mines
In the knots still in her hair
On the bus I'm on my way down
On my way down
All the girls seem to be there

We'll see how brave you are
We'll see how fast you'll be running
We'll see how brave you are
We'll see

We'll see how brave you are
Oh yes, we'll see how fast you'll be running
We'll see how brave you are
Yes, Anastasia

Come along now little darlin'
Come along now with me
Come along now little darlin'
We'll see how brave you are


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"Yes, Anastasia" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentWe're studying the story of the Romanov family in history class, and amazingly, there WAS something they left on the windowsill... Anastasia's mother Alexandra carved a swastika and the date into a windowsill of the Ipatiev house, the place where they were executed. (This was before World War II and Nazism... a swastika at that time was a symbol of good luck.)

    I just thought it was really interesting.
    lastoftherockstarson March 05, 2008   Link
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    General Comment'Show me the ways I forgot to be speaking' - apparently Anna Anderson (the woman who for years claimed to be Anastacia) spoke a language other than Russian (I can't remember what it was, I think German) and those who found her decided she was a fraud as she didn't speak Russian, but others then came forward to say that in the Russian Royal household, they did speak that language, as their mother did not have Russian as her first language (she was German) and that the shock had caused Anna to revert to using the language that made her feel safest.
    Equally, 'if you know me so wel then tell me which hand I use' relates to those who said Anna was not the real Anastacia as she wrote with the wrong hand. Some believed it was the trauma and others said that the experts were mistaken and that Anna used the same hand as Anastacia had.
    Several DNA tests have shown Anna was not a Romanov descendent, and linked her to a Polish family. Her supporters continue to deny this.
    daneypopson April 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about being true to yourself during a time of crisis, and making a daring escape from a bad situation or mindset by challenging yourself and rising to the occasion. It's legend that Anastasia Romanov escaped being executed; I think Tori is singing about saving yourself by calling on your own inner strength.
    Mendalusa77on September 21, 2018   Link
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    General Comment"It's a journey. Anastasia Romanov... it's not like I've read loads of books on her. I was aware of the family and that's about it. So I'm in Virginia, and I had crabs...I keep saying that! I had crab sickness, I had eaten bad crabs in Maryland! But I couldn't cancel the show. I was at soundcheck, and needless to say, when you are very, very ill, it is easier to communicate with your source... you are fragile and vulnerable. Well, her presence came. Now I have only heard of her in history, I've got no point to make. She comes and goes 'you've got to write my tune.' I 'go ohhh, now's not really a good time.' She says 'no, you've got to understand something from this, there's something here that you've got to come to terms with.' And that night came," as she softly sings the line "'We'll see how brave you are,' and that was really about the whole record. That came just about before everything. And whenever I sing that chorus, 'we'll see how brave you are,' it means so many different things to me. It's part of my self, my spirit self saying to the rest of myself, 'if you really want a challenge, just deal with yourself. The funny thing is that Anna Anderson, who claimed to be Anastasia, died very close to where I was playing, an hour or so from there in the 80s. The feeling I got that Anna Anderson was Anastasia Romanov. She always tried to prove it and a lot of people believed her and some people didn't want to believe her, because of what that would have meant. And again, it's really working through being a victim. 'Counting the tears from ten thousand men, and gathered them all, but my feel are slipping.' You can't blame the men anymore; there's always you. It comes back to us; it comes back to me."
    [Tori Amos, B Side, 04/94]

    "I hope I told your story correctly my friend so many codes it was hard for me to decipher but I believe Anastasia's story is everyone's in a way she tried to tell me that and I blew her off"
    [Tori Amos, Under The Pink Songbook]
    merchantpierceon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe one song that wouldn't go out of my head during 9/11 and the days thereafter.
    pdmon July 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a perfect example of what tori amos can do that ive never heard anyone else do. just her, a piano, and some strings, and its just amazing and epic. she talks about it herself in that first post...but the line "we'll see how brave you are" just seems to speak directly to the listener. regardless of the story that the lyrics tell, that line and the long "we'll seeeeeeeee....." is a part of its own that is like a challenge...you can hear she is out of breath at the end of it, all her energy expended, and what are you going to do to match it? "we'll see how brave you are"
    richpodrazaon September 01, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG. I'm ALWAYS singing it, and I love it more every time I hear it.
    toriamosfanon June 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor me, personally, I love the line: Show me how to button the buttons that have forgotten they're buttons. Well we can't have that forgetting that. I mean just READ it!
    lauramarson October 01, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"well happy birthday
    her blood's on my hands
    it's kind of a shame cause I did like that dress
    it's funny the things that you find in the rain"
    ... amazing. Tori is just a goddess of lyrics
    liquiddiamondABon November 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentTo me the song seems to be about facing one's past in order to start living again. Like Anastasia returning to Russia. I think "her blood's on my hands" refers to the person she was (or had become), which she destroys on her way "back to the garden". I don't explain this well, do I?

    I love that one line "There's something we left on the windowsill" - the whole song is just beautiful.
    Ana Byrdon July 14, 2005   Link

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