is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos
. It was released as the second single from her second studio album Under the Pink
. It was released on February 3, 1994 by Atlantic Records
in North America and on October 3 by EastWest Records
in the UK.
The song reached number 44 on the UK singles chart
which is to date her only number one song on that chart.
Inspiration, meaning and response
The song was Amos' response to patriarchy and the repression of women through religion. Lyrically it was heavily confrontational of male-deity headed religions, with lyrics like "God, sometimes you just don't come through/do you need a woman to look after you?" American radio was very hesitant to play the song because of its heavy use of guitars, so a promotional CD was released in the USA with two commercially unavailable mixes of the song: the "No Guitar" mix and the "Some Guitar" mix. The b-sides to the American release included Amos' reworking of the traditional song "Home on the Range
", with new lyrics reflecting her Cherokee
heritage, as well as a two-song instrumental piano suite. An American cassette single featured the b-side "Sister Janet".
A completely different single was released in Europe on CD, 12" and 7" vinyl single, and cassette. The 7" single was... Read More