"Pancake" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
I'm not sure who's fooling who here
As I'm watching your decay
We both know you could deflate
A seven hurricane
Seems like you and your tribe
Decided you'd rewrite the law
Segregate the mind
From body and soul

You give me yours
I'll give you mine
Cause I can look your god
Right in the eye
You give me yours
I'll give you mine
You used to look my god
Right in the eye

I believe in defending
In what we once
Stood for
It seems in vogue
To be a closet
Misogynist homophobe

A change of course in
Our direction
A dash of truth
Spread thinly
Like a flag
On a popstar
On a Benzodiazapene


Oh Zion please
Remove your glove
And dispel every
Of his spoken word
That has lodged
In my vortex

I'm not sure who's fooling who here
As I'm watching your decay
We both know you could deflate
A seven hurricane
You could have spared
Her - oh but no
Messiahs need
People dying in their
You say "I ordered you a
You say "I ordered you a

Lyrics submitted by Concertina, edited by randomguy1969

"Pancake" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentI think the chorus could mean something about how all religions have borrowed things from eachother (like how pagan holidays were incorporated into christianity..), "you give me yours I give you mine". but there are christians who refuse to take this into account if they make blanket statements by saying theirs is the one true religion, and they refuse to look her God right in the eye, refuse to accept that their religion is borrowed from others.

    the whole 'you say "i ordered you a pancake"', to me, means that someone else (say, family or upbringing) has "ordered" a specific faith for her, prescribed it, one which she doesnt accept as her own. pancake referring to communion - someone ordered her to partake in that sacrament.

    one of my favorite songs, for sure. Like all of her music, its so rich in meaning, especially if you have dealt with a deep conflicting internal religious conflict or existential crises, etc... And the music itself is so beautiful. Its such an experience to learn what she is saying in her songs.
    omalllon September 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBesides the obvious religious interpretations I think this song could also touch on when it comes to being in the presence or someone (or groups of people) who simply don't have the same way of thinking as yourself. "who's fooling who here" there is a facade that everything is fine and going well, but underneath there are some core differences in the way you and the other person question things or relate to the world, and perhaps you are both in denial. When you are somewhat deep in your mind in thought usually out in a public situation with someone and you want to believe you are on the same page mentally, but then after all this deep thought the person says something as simple as "i ordered you a pancake". It's the quintessential moment that makes you see the surface level of what the dynamic is that you might have with them. It could be innocent and not intentional but it shows how no matter how well you can relate to others no one may quite understand the depth of your thoughts. The statement of "i ordered you a pancake" very much represents the lack of ability to converse about things that really matter, and it gives you a kind of epiphany on the reality of your dynamic with the person. This isn't quite touching on the religious analysis which can be tied into that notion ( which i could partake in as well), but i've always interpreted the lyric in this way, having had these situations in the past.
    Jenettamoonon April 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt is not uncommon in Catholic churches to have a Pancake/Communion breakfast with certain members of the congregation. If he's ordering her a Pancake he is forcing her to be a part of the group, making her submissive.
    datura580on March 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's to do with religion too, but for me I imagine pancake to be a choice taken away from you. I didn't know a pancake was a word for communion wafer, but I always pictured a woman leaving a table in a restaurant for two minutes, and coming back and someone else has ordered for her, she has no choice about it. I think this links to religion, those who simply tell you what to follow or believe and don't encourage or permit you to question it.
    daneypopson April 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song from a great album.

    "Messiahs need people dying in their name" has a lot of resonance. Not only is it referencing the millions who've died in religious wars from medieval to modern times, including the 9-11 suicide bombers, it could also refer to the darker aspects of traditional Catholicism, which has led its believers to try to "kill" aspects of themselves that the church condemns: their own sexuality, political power, and independent/scientific thought. Kill the Satan within!

    This all connects to: "Segregate the mind from body and soul." She's talking about the whole messed up Judeo-Christian dichotomy that pits the "sinful" body against the "godly" spirit and mind. Whereas pre-Christian and other spiritual belief systems are more holistic and don't condemn humans as naturally evil and in need of salvation....
    littergrrlon November 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentuhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    i dont get it!!!!!
    why order a pancake!?!?!?!
    wedanceinmiseryon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song is about all of the people and churches that try to force their religion on everyone, and how their congregations are falling apart.
    chatdecalicoton June 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about that little flash of inspiration you get...when you realize things arent what they seem to be. Perhaps it is a relationship you are in or a religion that you have been a part of for a long time...then theres a flash of understanding. You realize that you dont believe in your relationship....or religion...and you can no longer be a part of it. i imagine this song in a very physical setting...a dinner...perhaps the same diner that waitress is set in...she is walking back to the table and she has this flash of inspiration....why am i in this relationship with this person...why??? she realizes that its pretty much a lie...and in that flash begins to question other parts of her life as well...so she continues walking to the table in a bit of a daze...and he says..."i ordered you a pancake"...this brings her back to the moment that she is in....but she is a slightly different person...she is questioning her life now. she has a slightly different outlook. she is growing.
    oskyon June 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking... could the pancake be the communion bread?
    kingofsocson November 01, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"A dash of truth spreed thinly, like a flag on a pop star, on a benzodiazapine". Is it truth becoming gradually more dilute, hidden and harder to find? How we bury our own truths.
    HawaiianHighon April 10, 2006   Link

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