"Virginia" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
In the lush Virginia hills
They kept her as long as they could
Cause they knew when the white brother
Found white shell beads
Wrapped around her skin --
A life giving river --
Her body open as will his hand
And with a "goodbye" there she goes

She may betray all that she loves
And even wait for their savior to come
And in some things, maybe he'll be right
But as always the thing that he loves
He will change from her sunrise to clockwise to soul trading
Still she'll lay down her body
Covering him all the same

So hundreds of years go by
(the red road carved up by sharp knife)
She's a girl out working her trade
And she loses a little each day
To ghetto pimps and presidents
Who try and arouse her turquoise serpents
She can't recall what they represent
And when you ask, she won't know

She will betray

Oh Virginia
Do you remember
When the land held your hand
Oh Virginia
She will let you back in
Oh Virginia
You can't remember your name

Lyrics submitted by merchantpierce, edited by Iago1604

"Virginia" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentYes, this song is very clearly about the moment the Native American's lost their land. It touches on the male/female relationship of Pochohantas and John. But it's also talking about America herself.

    Most people here got that.

    I just thought it was always beautiful however, that Tori writes about after all this taking men has done to America, America herself has the last laugh when you die because you become her.

    "But as always the thing that he loves he will change". Obviously about people changing America every day. Ghetto pimps, and presidents will change what she is.

    But then she writes, "Still she lays down her body, covering him all the same"

    While this also means a woman laying down her body covering a man though he's trying to change her, I think what Tori wanted us to understand is that when all is said and done, the land itself will cover you when you die. Hence, Virginia. Beautiful song.

    parasolon September 02, 2009   Link

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