Clouds descending
I'm not policing
What you think and dream
I run into your thought from
Across the room
Just another trick can I
Weather this
I've got a fever above my waist
You got a squeeze box on your knee
I know the truth is in between the
First and the fortieth drink
Concertina concertina a chill that bends
This I swear you're the fiercest calm
I've been in the soul quake
Happened here in a glass world
Particle by particle she slowly changes
She likes hanging chinese paper cuts just
Another fix
Can I weather this
I got my fuzz all tipped to play
I got a dub on your landscape
Then there's your policy of trancing
The sauce without the blame too far
Too far too far it could all get way too cheerful
Concertina I know the truth lies in
Between the first and fortieth drink
Clouds descending

Lyrics submitted by Novartza, edited by Electric1

Concertina Lyrics as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General Comment

    "Do you ever feel like you walk in a room, and you don't know why, but you're just so uncomfortable you're crawling out of your skin, even though nobody's touched you, physically? That's in 'Concertina,' when you feel like you haven't excavated enough of your different personalities that when one pops up, you're not sure where it came from, and you try to hack it out of yourself. It shocks you that you could have this kind of fault, or that other people could bring it out in you." [Tori Amos; A.P. Magazine, Oct99]

    merchantpierceon May 03, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    This song perfectly captures that feeling of being completely out of your skin, in a situation where your unsure which personality is gonna prevail. Obviously, by the 40th drink, your pretension usually subsides

    abey85on August 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    this song is really pretty, its definitely one of tori's greatest ones

    CountMyCrowson May 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Concertina is such a beautiful song; words can't express how much I love it. I'm disappointed that it's only got 2 comments.

    "I run into your thought from across the room."

    I know this feeling. You feel like you have so many personalities you're splitting in, not two, but five, or ten, or tiny little folds...concertina.

    everworld2662on August 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I think the line, "i know the truth is in between the 1st and the 40th drink" is one of my favorites in all of her songs. To me it means that people tend to say things when they've been drinking that they would not tell people if they were sober. Personally, I've let things slip about myself when I've been drinking.

    atillathehunnieeon February 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    thanks for all your thoughts, never got much out of this song before now...

    lurpinoon June 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Opinion

    I love the song, but have to say that the lyrics are meaningless gibberish. I mean, " i got my fuzz all tipped to play " ... what?

    freewneelon February 04, 2015   Link

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