"Strong Black Vine" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Nobody knows my Cherokee origins
I never speak about this
My Cherokee grandma told me
The love for the earth just gives good fruits
And the vine is the plant of genus vitis
As the grape plants
She said "take a vine
And drink so much wine
Remember if red it's mine
You know just drunk I'm fine

Take a strong black vine
And you'll drink good red wine
The sun is big and yellow
While I'm drinking my good brunello
She said "take a vine
And drink so much wine
Remember if red it's mine
You know just drunk I'm fine
Thank you strong black vine
Under you I sing time, time, time"

Someone thinks the last rhymes have not a logic sense
I'd like to see you
After you've drunk all the wine in an evening
Like my friend Albano
Living in Cellino San Marco,
He has a such strong black vine

Take a strong black vine
Just drunk I'm fine
You have to say girls
Just drunk you'll be fine
So drunk
So drunk

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"Strong Black Vine" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentI'm almost certain that it has to do with ayahuasca. Tori has talked earlier about her appreciation for this southamerican brew made out of the vine, by many reffered to the 'vine of death' or 'vine of the soul'. The experience is supposed to be very powerful, not at all time pleasant, but enriching once you submit and accept the experience you are getting. Or that's what I've been told...
    taonauton February 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with and thought the same as notlikecrazii, about the 'strong black vine' being a whip, when I first heard the song. Think about it: submission is my mission? Tori is Abnormally Attracted to Sin?
    But when I saw the visualette it showed scenes from the Iraqi war mixed with scenes of Tori visiting some voodoo shop and getting her cards read. A friend of mine and I now think it's about being evil - evil that's done secretly in the dark in voodoo shops, and evil that's done in broad daylight with guns and bombs. Now I think it's a complex combination of the two interpretations.
    litesneezeon June 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if this fits with the military themes of the song, but maybe the black vine refers to ayahuasca. She has talked about her experiences with it in several interviews before.
    plodthealienon June 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI believe the strong black vine she's referring to is the ayahuasca vine. It is said to give people powerful spiritual experiences (hence the Jesus reference). "You rape Earth knowledge, still she would save you from that evil faith" The "she" being referred to is the ayahuasca itself, which is called the "mother plant" and is said to have a female spirit. Tori is saying here, that ayahuasca can save you from the evil faith in the powers that be, i.e. the government. I also think she's telling vets that they don't have to live like that, with the burden of war.
    rygy82on January 26, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI always associate the 'strong black vine' with a whip
    notlikecraziion May 24, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationWell, 'black gold' says quite much, so I suppose the 'oil' guess is very accurate here.
    Angoulemeon May 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI watched the visuallette. I think Tori pretty much says the song is about intolerance geared towards other religions. Submission comes into play because the singer is trying to whip others who have differing beliefs into submission.

    - Save you from that Evil Faith....Lay Back.
    - You just might see that Sweet Jesus
    - Submission is my mission

    A simplified meaning, but I found out long ago that if you try to break up her songs too much, you loose the meaning, rather then find it.
    notlikecraziion June 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that Tori is criticising the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and George W. Bush's "war on terror" in this song. Al Quaida's spokesman appears more than once in the visualette, together with scenes of gulf war. Bush referred to Iran and Iraq as part of an "axis of evil" while Iran refers to the USA as "the great Satan" so, for each, the other is an "evil faith". While the USA "sells arms in Balmy cities", Al Quaida "blows to bits innocent flesh". Both try in their own way to force the other to submit; the USA would like to spread democracy to the arab world, while the arab world seeks to impose sharia law in the west (several such islamic courts were discovered to be operating in England recently). I think the main point of the song is that it is pointless to use violence to try to impose your point of view on somebody else, and murdering that person when they don't come around to your way of thinking is a twisted and "evil faith" that mankind needs to be saved from.
    Romeon July 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentuhmm I heard an interview where she talks about submission as in submission into tolerance but I cant decide if strong black vine is alluding to a suffocating religious vine or something else.

    "submission is my mission for a Strong Black Vine"
    ta21boy21on October 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song. I love the part where she sings "Lay Back"

    Anyway, I found an extensive write up on this songs meaning here:


    It's a long read but it will tell you everything you need to know about the song.
    Mamasboyon January 28, 2010   Link

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