"Gold Dust" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Sights and sounds
Pull me back down
Another year

I was here
I was here

Whipping past
The reflecting pool
Me and you
Skipping school

And we make it up
As we go along
We make it up we
Go along

You said
You raced from Langley
Pulling me underneath
A cherry blossom
-do I have
Of course I have,
Beneath my raincoat,
I have your photographs.
And the sun on your
I'm freezing that frame

And somewhere Alfie cries
And says "enjoy his every smile
You can see in the dark
Through the eyes of Laura mars"
How did it go so fast
You'll say
As we are looking
And then we'll
We held gold dust
In our

Sights and sounds
Pull me back down
Another year

I was here
I was here

Glow in the street
(flickering past)
Twilight held us
In her palm
As we walked along

And we make it up
As we go along
We make it up as we go along

Letting names
Hang in the
What color hair
(auburn crimson)
Autumn knowingly
And the day that
She came
I'm freezing that
I'm freezing that frame

And somewhere Alfie
And says "enjoy her
Every cry
You can see in the
Through the eyes
Of Laura mars"

How did it go so
You'll say as we are looking back
And then we'll understand
We held gold dust
In our

In our

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"Gold Dust" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentI think Tori states it beautiful herself:

    "Gold Dust is very much about being other people and feeling how they feel. And feeling how you felt in another time, when you've been in another place. And it really isn't your past because somehow these frames are written on your body and they've made you what you are. Nothing is gone, it's just on your body map. And this project has been very much about finding my - i guess, my body map. I think if you're going to really write a work about a road trip and about America and who she is, then you have to go see her in all her glory and all her (laughs) bad fast food joints and good truck stops and everything in between. You know, you can't just go to the coast and then fly, do the fly over country trip. You really have to experience it. And the crazy thing about it is, the gold that we found - you find it so much when you're not even...thinking that you're in it. You turn around and see this pair of eyes and somebody puts a bowl of chili in front of you and it's heaven. It doesn't get any better than that."
    -- Scarlet Stories CD

    I don't like these definitive statements when people say "this song is NOT about regret, or nostalgia, or death, etc., etc. I think Tori herself would agree that her music tends to be very open ended--both lyrically and musically. She's also stated many times that the "clues are in the music". I love the idea that she has embedded little clues, but that she still realizes that each person will extract something different after listening to the song.

    For me, this song is inseparable from the memory of a friend who died at the age of 17. He was such a sweet soul. He died in a car accident on an icy road one evening. I've kept growing up. I'm in my mid twenties now and I've changed quite a lot. He's still there, though--in that place and with that innocent smile. He cannot change anymore. So for me, when I hear these lyrics mixed with the music it brings him back to me somehow... and it brings me back to who I was when I new him: both on the brink of graduating... sitting together in the woods outside our school when we should have in class.
    Asterionon March 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentvery very moving song. one of my most favourite.
    But I wouldn't call it regret.
    It's more like a memory, like "this used to be our playground".
    Dostion November 28, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is, in part, about her daughter. "Gold Dust" is the song for D.C. (the cherry blossoms, the reflecting pool...); Tori grew up in the metropolitan area. The birth of her daughter has given her pause, and the singer has begun to reflect upon her own childhood.
    balalínon February 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSeems to me it`s simply about old memories. Memories of an innocence time when both characters had no responsabilities.
    ThePianiston June 08, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsimple, the song is about reget. regret for the things they've done, or haven't done
    robWon June 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so touching, It has a very nostolgic sense to it, a yearning for the past.... or atleast an insight to it... she can remember all those times where she was happy... and sfter everyone leaves her, one day they will look back and realize that they had precious time....
    liquiddiamondABon November 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has personal meaning to me; it feels to be about losing someone you love. You never realize how much you'd miss them, until they're gone. The gold dust (loved one) is (forgive the cliche) gone with the wind...
    jeans_of_hison December 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree that it has more of a nostalgic and happy vibe to it. I don't think anyone died or any relationship ended. She looking back on the past; a relationship with a friend, not necesarrily romantic.
    takenmusicon December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA very nice and nostalgic song!

    About reflecting on the past and memories, momentarily bliss and bittersweet in remembering past things and times...

    Giggin school as a kid...
    Maverick_Matthewon February 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazingly gorgeous. It's a nostalgic song about visting the places you've been in the past, whether it be physically visiting them, or just looking back.
    ryechuon June 22, 2006   Link

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