"Bachelorette" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Bachelorette you climb on rooftops and you bachelorette
You can turn dust into champagne
You even remembered his name

Bachelorette, the braves you painted pink for bachelorettes
You tried to show him that he can
But you can never rush a man

You must remember
You're a car girl
You're a star girl
You are at the door
The tide will turn
There's a window

Bachelorette the things you do girls
To your bachelorettes...
You thought that...

You must remember
You're a car girl
You're a star girl
You are at the door
The tide will turn
There's a window

Bachelorette, you fly alone now and you cry sometimes
There's nothing like it in the world
You'll go to Paris on your own
Just bachelorette you climb on rooftops and you bachelorette
You can turn dust into champagne
You even yidiedididi...

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"Bachelorette" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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    General CommentIt's easier for me to do it line by line on this one:

    Bachelorette, you climb on rooftops (single girls can be wild and free)
    Bachelorette, you can turn dust into champagne (dust being both figurative in getting older and time gathering behind her, years getting dusty - and also literal in the fact that she lives alone, has no one to clean up for, she doesn't have to clean, instead she'll just drink champagne and the dust will "disappear" for a while.)
    you even remembered his name! (it's the small victories, remembering a one-night lover's name, this time around, anyway.)

    Bachelorette, the braves you painted pink (she's been close to settling down once or twice)
    Bachelorette, you tried to show him that he can
    but you can never rush a man (<---but things just didn't turn out)

    [Now this next part seems to be advice from women who aren't single to a bachelorette. It's impossible for me not to hear this part as patronizing, and a bit condescending - as in, "Your turn is coming, poor thing."]

    you must remember
    you're a car girl (keep going)
    you're a star girl (stars and high and shiny, but alone out there)
    you are at the door (it could be any day that...)
    the tide will turn (things will change...)
    there's a window... (look, opportunities are anywhere - jump!)
    But maybe she doesn't want to just jump! just because he's a man doesn't make him the man SHE wants!

    bachelorette the things you do, girls, to your bachelorettes...
    This line really exemplifies what the song means to me. the things you do, girls, to your bachelorettes! Girls are taught early that things should go in sequence and in order, and there are some girls who can't get the rhythm and never get on. Society as a whole is not so kind to the girls who haven't had the love story happen to them. With every june bride, every engagement diamonds television commercial and magazine, billboards and romantic comedies, brides brides brides, it twists the knife into these bachelorettes that feel a push to conform, to participate, to fall in line with the cycle, to have their own love story. Sure everyone wants to be in love, have someone, a partner, a lover. But sometimes it doesn't happen that way. But moreover, it's the pity that others lay on them; that might be the worst of all. Awwww, poor, pitiful, loverless bachelorettes, as if to be without a man is to be nothing at all. [Please note sarcasm!] "Be strong" (you'll go to Paris on your own), and and "hold on" and hold out for... what? a man?! Ugh. It's sick! The sentiment here is pathetic. Stop feeling sorry for these women - they don't need your pity any more than they need the phone number for your wedding planner. How many girls do you know who married a guy just because he was there? And that they fell "in love" because he was the only one around? Or because getting married was just on the list of things to do? And yet, they feel sorry for the single girls, who can't "land a man"... Ugh, the things you do, girls, to your Bachelorettes!

    [ I re-read this, and I sound angry! lol! I'm actually married, but this song speaks to me. :) -erica ]
    ericacmilleron April 28, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. i think its about what she was like before she was married and still indipendant. i kinda get the impression shes being sarcastic making out its a great life.
    Gem_Jonescrazyon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song rocks!

    It's about single, independent woman, and really fun & positive.

    She's also saying, you'll find someone eventually: "the tide will turn...there's a window"
    missmeon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhenever I hear this song, I think of a woman whose friends are all married and living happily, yet she is the only bachelorette out of them. And while it makes her sad sometimes, she remembers good things about being a single woman, and remembers that her turn will come someday.
    Marjosaon December 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's basically a delcaration of independence for single women to me. I love the lyrics and the music makes it one of the sexiest songs Tori has ever sung.
    Dominicano1197on August 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI disagree with the 'independent woman who rocks' interpretation. This song is kind of sad to me. Sad in a cool, romantic, european sort of way. It's like, this bachelorette is a little past her prime, and starting to see that her life is a little empty. So she's filling the whole with trips to paris and sleeping with men whose names she can't even remember. Yes, she's independent, but for this woman, independence comes with loneliness.
    Anabaenaon October 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's more about the woman feeling she's been abandoned by her female friends - they used to party together, drink and have such a good time. Then they got into long term relationships, maybe had children but definitely 'settled down' and now they've forgotten about her. 'The things you do girls to your bachelorettes' - she's been neglected by them all.
    Maybe she's trying to rush into something with someone and it's not really meant to be, 'you can never rush a man' - she's coming on too strong and scaring them off.
    I always feel so sad listening to this song, the character gets drunk and tells herself she can go to Paris, be with whoever, drink champagne, but in reality she misses all the people she did that with before, and now she's on her own.
    daneypopson April 21, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThere was an interview where Tori talks about the time she spent with Bjork and that they went running on rooftops naked. In addition, Bjork also has a song called Bachelorette. My sister and I think they have a similar feel and that this song may be a sort-of tribute to Bjork.

    Of course, with Tori, you can never limit a song to being about just one thing in particular. ;D
    angstiosis_againon February 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is not about wanting to be single, the person wanted to marry someone but it just didn't happen that way so she has adjusted to being a bachelorette (which makes her lonely at times) but one day that will change..

    "...you even remembered his name!

    Bachelorette, the braves you painted pink for
    Bachelorette, you tried to show him that he can
    but you can never rush a man "
    goldenthreadson February 02, 2010   Link

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