"Fire To Your Plain" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Shock, got the shock of my life
Just buckle up girls, I'm stealin' the night
From the still of the night
What they're down to
Let's see, in cold daylight

I gotta get this right
I gotta get this right

Cause she's all
And I am low
Watching you watching her play this game
Yes, she's bold
Bold enough
To set fire to your plain
Her fire to your plain

Pray
You can pray to your Jane
I put out the call
But not to be saved
Called my deviling kin
With her yellow Aston Martin

We gotta get this right
I gotta get this right

Cause she's all
And I am low
Watching him watching her play this game
Yes, she's bold
Bold enough
To set fire to his plain

She said, "get in"
And set the SatNav to hell
Or would it be a purgatory?

I gotta get this right
I gotta get this right

Cause she's all
And I am low
Watching you watching her play this game
Yes, she's bold
Bold enough
To set fire to your plain
Her fire to your plain

Her fire...
Bold enough...
Her fire to your plain


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"Fire to Your Plain" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    Song MeaningI always interpreted this as a kind of unsure, three-way situation - bit more subterfugic than others here are reading it. In the first verse the protagonist has obviously just been shocked to find her man cheating on her. However, she then decides to deal with it in a different way than confronting him or stopping it. Instead, she wants to see what it looks like.

    All the "I gotta get this right" is her nervousness at making such a decision, involving a lot of hiding things from someone who is already himself hiding something from her (and thus more likely to detect the same deceit from her).

    Especially given the second verse, I see that this character has made friends with the other woman, and they both know what they're doing by now. "You can pray to your Jane" is a reference to the other woman, because a "Jane" is a slang name for that. "I put out the call but not to be saved" is especially telling. She doesn't want to fix the situation, she instead wants to revel in it, make it her deception on him instead. I don't know what "Deviline" means and I'd always thought that was "devilling kin" but, it still leads me to the same conclusion regardless; this is a woman she knows and herself called to arrange this. So that she knows when and where, and can go and watch. Describing in great detail the style this other woman weilds. How would she know such things? I think it's a decent indicator of an uneasy friendship between them, especially as she calls her "kin". I think they got together and talked.

    I guess I don't see the "sat-nav to hell" bit as a confrontation so much as an acknowledgement that nobody's completely in the right going through with something like this; her decision puts her in the wrong too. So it's like a "you know you're going to hell too, right?" type of thing. But then she thinks of the justifications, and thinks maybe not... maybe "more like purgatory".

    "She's up and I am low" I think refers to the 'Jane' being physically up on top of him while the protagonist's physically hiding low somewhere in order to see it happen. And naturally, this 'Jane' is bold enough to set him up for a fall even whilst knowing she watches on - "fire to his plain" being setting him on fire in a sexual way. You'd have to have some brass to be doing something like that, wouldn't you? Hence why she's bold.

    I don't imagine she's watching it for sexual pleasure or anything, since I'd think that'd be mentioned somewhere if it were the case - don't get that vibe from it. I picture it more as a curiosity / revenge type of thing. A set up for a cheater, a power play. A way of emotionally dealing with it, even if an odd way; to diminish the power of the act, by seeing it and being able to thus put it in perspective. In a way, to be able to then think "it's just sex". Not to an end of forgiveness, more to an end of regaining control over the relationship.

    That's what I got from it anyhow, who knows how right or wrong I might be. Found it to be a compellingly interesting song, I mean how many love songs do you get about a situation like that?
    Curtainjerkeron June 21, 2018   Link

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