Album: Boys for Pele
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Here's an oldie for a change! I am really not sure on the entire meaning of this. Boys for Pele is where she went full-on with experimenting and more unconventional song structures, instruments and lyrics. Especially
the lyrics. She references a lot of things here, including Marie Antoanette, Ann Boleyn, Mary Magdalene etc., and most of them are stabs at the patriarchy. The song is largely accompanied by the harpsichord, which I personally love as an instrument.
The main idea is probably seen most in the chorus - loss of someone, or a relationship. Basically, even if you're feeling devastated and empty after the loss of certain relationships or people in your life, you should value what you had, what those experiences gave you and learn to accept people coming and going in your life, because it must be worth losing if it's worth something
.96. Snow Angel
Album: Midwinter Graces
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Another Christmas song, but I promise this is the last one.
Anyway, this is also a pretty heartwarming and melancholic tune. I adore the simple arrangement with the piano and strings. The lyrics are also really simple, and there isn't much to dechiper in them.
I just understand the song as literally being about a snow angel, or maybe something the angel symbolises, like winter, fun, childhood etc. The part "she will stay for a time"
is so touching, despite being literal - the fun people have in winter, all the nostalgia, traces of youth, family,etc. that come with making snow angels on Christmas are in the end just temporary. 95. Purple People
Album: Spark (single)
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Although only a B-side, Purple People has got to be one of her classic songs! Widely loved among fans, it is considered one of many hidden masterpieces of her opus. Coming from the Choirgirl era, the song is dark, atmospheric and eerie! Lyrically it is one of two (to my knowledge, maybe there's more) songs explicitly dealing with jealousy. I will let you guess the other song, but it will appear much higher in this list anyway.
Jealousy/envy is something I've been struggling with for a looong time, but more on that in the other track's description as that one had an even more profound effect on me. " [...] my friend Tam was telling me a story about a girl named Betsy Brown who used to torture her and come up to her.. She does this thing, she used to come up to me and go, 'Hi, I'm Betsy Brown, do you do judo? I do judo.' And I went into the studio and this kind of happened..."
Tori on how the song was birthed.
In the line about thunder wishing she was snow, the metaphor is perfectly clear: someone wishing they were someone else, despite the fact that thunder may be considered powerful/energetic, and snow as cold/sad. In the eyes of the person who is envious, the Other is better regardless of what the reality might be.