"Riot Poof" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
You know what you know so you go break the terror of the urban spell
This alliance you say 'I'm on the threshold of greatness girl' so you burn
Your pagoda through the congo till there's a broken bond
On the birth of the search white trash
My native son
It will all find its way in time
Blossom riot poof
You know what you know so you go chain her to your flow
She bites through your lean dried meatas she's
Going to the movie show
In a bath of gliter and a tiny shiver
She crawls through your lava sea
Black sahara
I'm stepping into your space oddity
It will all find its way in time
Blossom riot poof
The sun is warming
My man is moistening
On the bomb
On the bond
On the bomb


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"Riot Poof" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentThank you for all those quotes - it does help verify some of what I suspected the song is about. I think the themes are clear but it's still hard to decipher Tori's language.


    I'd always thought the song was partly about self-hatred brought on by prejudice against a person's sexual orientation. The verse:

    you know what you know so you go chain her to your flow
    she bites through your lean dried meatas she's
    going to the movie show
    in a bath of gliter and a tiny shiver
    she crawls through your lava sea
    black sahara
    i'm stepping into your space oddity

    This, I cannot help but think it's about trivializing martyrdom - turning it into a sort of fashion statement. "She bites through your dry lean meat as she's going to the movie show - in a bath of glitter and a tiny shiver" - it all conjures images of a social scene, a world of superficiality, sharp tongues and bitchiness. I think this is Tori's assessment of the gay scene or maybe just the idea that it's suddenly cool to embrace sexual diversity but it also works as a smokescreen to cover the fact that there's a whole lot of anger and hatred underneath it all. The scene, in fact, perpetuates this sort of behaviour but makes it out to be something cheap, fun and harmless.

    I could be completely wrong but still. I do recall reading something about the gay scene and its superficiality.
    gavtailon January 27, 2009   Link

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