"Not The Red Baron" as written by and Tori Ellen Amos....
Not the Red Baron
Not Charlie Brown
Think I got the message figured
Another pilot down
And are their devils with halos
In beautiful capes
Taking them into the flames

Not Judy G
Not Jean Jean with a hallowed
I see that screen go
Down in the flames
With every step with every beautiful heel

Not the Red Baron I'm sure
Not Charlie Brown's wonderful dog
Not anyone I really know
Just another pilot down
Maybe I'll just sing him a last
Little sound many there know some girls
With red ribbons
The prettiest

Lyrics submitted by merchantpierce

"Not the Red Baron" as written by Tori Ellen Amos

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  • +2
    General Commentfor the line "not Charlie Brown's wonderful dog"
    There's a song with the title "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" by The Royal Guardsmen in the year 1966.

    part of the lyrics goes:
    Now, Snoopy had sworn that he'd get that man
    So he asked the Great Pumpkin for a new battle plan
    He challenged the German to a real dogfight
    While the Baron was laughing, he got him in his sight
    gerrykhooon August 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm not sure what this song means... but the stuff at the beginning is...
    "what language?"
    "no, dutch!"
    i think.
    setsightsetsailon June 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe song "baby let's wait" by the royal guardsmen is refferenced in tori's "winter" too. it's from the same album as "snoopy vs. the red baron"
    ncllron September 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the reason Tori kept the Dutch conversation in at the start is that she's like a radio operator in the war, and she's listening to the communciations on the radio about the fighting, and she's trying to make it out but it's not clear, so she has to guess from the tone of it - 'think I got the message figured [she's not sure] another pilot down'. it's all frantic and hard to get a handle on.
    daneypopson April 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Then of course in the record we move into a whole other moment. Not the Red Baron is the moment of compassion for all the men on the record. It's where I could see their planes crashing, I could see that they have a side too. And if their planes would crash I stared to gain compassion for their side of it."
    [B Side, 05/96]
    merchantpierceon May 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favourite Tori song. Why it strikes such a chord I have no idea. Possibly because the ideology of the Red Baron can be so applicable to every day life... if you delve to look closely...
    NobodyHereon July 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great tori song that you can relate to everyday life..but tori wrote this song about people dying of AIDS using the metaphor of a red baron shooting others down. You wouldn't get the AIDS theme until the end when she makes the reference to the red ribbons.
    NiNixDash722on April 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentGiven what NiNixDash722 said about this song being about AIDS there is another refrence to this in the song. "Not Judy G" I think refers to Judy Garland who had a habbit of marrying gay men and is a cult figure for the gay community.
    Onlineon June 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhat exactly is she saying in the beginning of the song... before she starts singing?

    Sounds a bit like...
    "What I wish?"
    "What, my wish?"
    and then
    "No, touch!"

    Maybe it's lines from a movie or play.. since there are many film references in the song. I don't know.
    dedgrrlsdanceon May 28, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyep, setsightsetsail's right about the beginning.

    it's there because apparently her sound engineers were talking in dutch at the time of the recording and she asked them what language they were speaking in, they told her and she motioned them to carry on talking because she wanted it on the record (you can here them in the background, they sound kind of like pilots - "another pilot down"), and they asked her if she wanted them to do it in english and so she goes "no, dutch!". i love it, it's a nice touch.

    so there's a nice little story for you.
    missmeon September 03, 2006   Link

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