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Precious Things - Tori Amos

Precious Things

Little Earthquakes
female vocalists alternative piano singer-songwriter tori amos


Precious Things is a song from Tori Amos' debut album "Little Earthquakes" in which the singer-songwriter tells us about painful events that happened to her during her teenage years. The text basically paints the picture of a girl experiencing intense cruelty among a group of adolescents. She wrote the song in her early 20's, looking back on this chapter of her life, trying to find ways to realease her pain. Here we have both the girl's and the young woman's point of views expressed. Tori Amos named it 'Precious Things', ironically, because this song isn't meant to express pleasant memories. Tori briefly describes what hurt her in this period of her life : A boy with whom she seems to have been in a some kind of sexual relationship with called her, "an ugly girl", but he liked the way she "played". Despite the fact that it caused her sadness, he was thanked for his actions. When getting dressed every day, she would look at his portrait. It was almost as if she needed his approval or was trying to prove him wrong. She also sings about being a victim of viciousness from other girls. She describes them as "demi-gods with nine inche nails in little fascist panties tucked inside the heart of every nice girl". As a grown up person continuing to suffer from these experiences, she tries to let go by "letting it bleed and wash away". She sometimes sang the song live with additional lyrics such as "Wash me clean Daddy, wash this thing Daddy." The Live Rainn version of this song is where she included these lyrics.


Tori Amos (born Myra Ellen Amos on 22 August 1963 in Newton, North Carolina, United States) is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Having already begun composing instrumental pieces on piano, Amos won a full scholarship to the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University, the youngest person ever to have been admitted, at age five. She was expelled at age eleven for, in her own words, insisting on playing by ear and because of her interest in popular rock music. Show more ...

Precious Things - Tori Amos

So I ran faster
But it caught me here
Yes my loyalties turned
Like my ankle
In the seventh grade
Running after Billy
Running after the rain
These precious things
Let them bleed
Let them wash away
These precious things let them break
Their hold over me

He said you're really an ugly girl
But I like the way you play
And I died
But I thanked him
Can you believe that
Sick holding on to his picture
Dressing up every day
I wanna smash the faces of those beautiful boys
Those christian boys
So you can made me c**
That doesn't make you Jesus
I remember
Yes in my peach party dress
No one dared
No one cared
To tell me where the pretty girls are
Those demigods
With their nine-inch nails
And little fascist panties
Tucked inside the heart
Of ever nice girl
These precious things
Let them bleed
Let them wash away
These precious things
Let them break
Let them wash away



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