Ballerina

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"Ballerina"
Ocean ocean cover.jpg
from the album Ocean to Ocean
Released Unreleased
Length Unknown
Label Decca
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Tori Amos


Ballerina is an Ocean to Ocean era unreleased song by Tori Amos.

Background[edit | edit source]

There was a song on the (shelved) record ...called 'Ballerina' and I'm not sure how that got conjured. I can't remember what drove me to write it but I think [...] I began writing it in Florida, and when I'm on my own in Florida, conjuring starts to happen, imagination starts to happen, maybe fears start to happen. [...] An archetypal worst fear for some women is when the love of their life falls in love with a younger woman...so I wanted to I think explore it as a myth, as an idea, and I knew people who were going through this. [...] I didn't feel that those details [of those people] were going to 'magic' the story, so I did something. [...] There we are in Cornwall in the pantry this year and I'm thinking 'Ballerina, maybe she can make the record' and (my daughter's boyfriend) goes 'Ballerina -- is that about you and Mark?' and I said 'no, n-n-no.' He said 'but it is--' and I said 'n-n-n-n-n-no!' and then later on it became clear: 'Oh my god, what have I done?' [...] We're shooting the album cover and we're talking about the archetype of the witch and what the witch was doing, and the malevolent witch versus the benevolent witch, and that my malevolent witch was getting me to maybe lose my marriage and put a bomb in my marriage bed. [...] I have a good marriage, so it's like 'Where is the saboteur? What is this?' [...] 'Ballerina' gets thrown off the stage. [...] I really had to surrender and say 'No, I'm not going to do that.' And then all of a sudden just out of nowhere comes the line with the chords with the melody with (the first line of 'Swim to New York State').[1]

The song was later used in 29 Years and Swim to New York State.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Ocean to Ocean Story. yessaid. https://www.yessaid.com/pr_2022_oto-story.html Retrieved 31 Mar 2023.
Ocean to Ocean
Songs "Addition of Light Divided" • "Speaking With Trees" • "Devil's Bane" • "Swim to New York State" • "Spies" • "Ocean to Ocean" • "Flowers Burn to Gold" • "Metal Water Wood" • "29 Years" • "How Glass Is Made" • "Birthday Baby"
Unreleased "Ballerina" • "Chiron"
Tours "Ocean to Ocean Tour"
Tori Amos
Studio Albums "Little Earthquakes" • "Under the Pink" • "Boys for Pele" • "From the Choirgirl Hotel" • "To Venus and Back" • "Strange Little Girls" • "Scarlet's Walk" • "The Beekeeper" • "American Doll Posse" • "Abnormally Attracted to Sin" • "Midwinter Graces" • "Night of Hunters" • "Gold Dust" • "Unrepentant Geraldines" • "Native Invader" • "Ocean to Ocean"
Compilations "Tales of a Librarian" • "A Piano: The Collection"
Live Albums "To Venus and Back" • "The Original Bootlegs" • "Legs and Boots" • "Live at Montreux 1991/1992" • "From Russia with Love"
EPs "Crucify" • "Hey Jupiter" • "Scarlet's Hidden Treasures" • "Exclusive Session" • "Flavor (Peter Rauhofer Remixes)" • "Spotify Sessions" • "Russia" • "Christmastide"
Singles "Me and a Gun" • "Silent All These Years" • "China" • "Winter" • "Crucify" • "Cornflake Girl" • "God" • "Pretty Good Year" • "Past the Mission" • "Caught a Lite Sneeze" • "Talula" • "Professional Widow" • "Hey Jupiter" • "In the Springtime of His Voodoo" • "Spark" • "Jackie's Strength" • "Cruel" • "Raspberry Swirl" • "Bliss" • "1000 Oceans" • "Glory of the 80s" • "Concertina" • "Strange Little Girl" • "A Sorta Fairytale" • "Taxi Ride" • "Strange" • "Don't Make Me Come to Vegas" • "Mary" • "Angels" • "Sleeps With Butterflies" • "Sweet the Sting" • "Cars and Guitars" • "Take Me With You" • "Big Wheel" • "Bouncing Off Clouds" • "Almost Rosey" • "Welcome to England" • "Maybe California" • "500 Miles" • "A Silent Night With You" • "Carry" • "Nautical Twilight" • "Star Whisperer" • "Flavor" • "Gold Dust" • "Trouble's Lament" • "Promise" • "Flicker" • "Cloud Riders" • "Up the Creek" • "Reindeer King" • "Better Angels" • "Speaking With Trees" • "Spies"
Videos "Little Earthquakes" • "Live from New York" • "Complete Videos: 1991 - 1998" • "A Sorta Fairytale" • "Welcome to Sunny Florida" • "Fade to Red" "Live at Montreux 1991/1992" • "Live from the Artist's Den"
Tours "Little Earthquakes Tour" • "Under the Pink Tour" • "Dew Drop Inn Tour" • "Plugged '98 Tour" • "5 1/2 Weeks Tour" • "To Dallas and Back Tour" • "Strange Little Tour" • "Scarlet's Walk Tour" • "Lotta Pianos Tour" • "Original Sinsuality Tour" • "Summer of Sin Tour" • "American Doll Posse World Tour" • "Sinful Attraction Tour" • "Summer Tour 2010" • "Night of Hunters Tour" • "Gold Dust Orchestral Tour" • "Unrepentant Geraldines Tour" • "Native Invader Tour" • "Ocean to Ocean Tour"
Official Books "Piece by Piece" • "Comic Book Tattoo" • "Resistance: A Songwriter's Story of Hope, Change, and Courage" • "Little Earthquakes (book)"
Other Books "Tori Amos: All These Years" • "Pink Earthquakes" • "Tori Amos: Images and Insights" • "Tori Amos: Cornflake Girl" • "Tori Amos: Collectibles" • "Tori Amos: Lyrics" • "Pretty Good Years: A Biography of Tori Amos" • "Tori Amos: In the Studio" • "Tori Amos: Soul Searching and Uncensored" • "Sing Us a Song, Piano Woman: Female Fans and the Music of Tori Amos" • "The Light Princess" • "Tori Amos: Complete Recordings Illustrated" • "Tori Amos's Boys for Pele (33 1/3)" • "Tori Amos Quotes" • "Celebrity Adult Coloring Book: Welcome to the World of Celebrities and Famous Bands" • "Tori Amos Bootleg Webring (Remember the Internet; vol. 2)" • "Tori Amos: every song, every album"
Songbooks "Little Earthquakes" • "Under the Pink" • "The Bee Sides" • "Boys for Pele" • "MTV Unplugged" • "Great Expectations Songbook" • "From the Choirgirl Hotel" "Tori Amos Anthology" • "1000 Oceans" • "Tori Amos: The Singles" • "To Venus and Back" • "Tori Amos for Fingerstyle Guitar with Tablature" • "Tori Amos for Easy Piano" • "Scarlet's Walk" • "Tori Amos Collection: Tales of a Librarian" • "The Beekeeper" • "American Doll Posse" • "Abnormally Attracted to Sin"
Related Articles "Delirium" • "Blue Skies" • "RAINN" • "Baltimore" • "The Light Princess"
Miscellaneous
Soundtracks "The Happy Worker" • "Worker" • "Losing My Religion" • "Butterfly" • "It Might Hurt a Bit" • "Talula" • "Professional Widow" • "Finn" • "Siren" • "Paradiso Perduto" • "Me & You" • "Carnival" • "1000 Oceans" • "You Belong to Me" • "Murder, He Says" • "Northern Lad" • "Yo George" • "Highness in the Sky" • "Darkest Hour" • "Flicker" • "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square"
Side Projects "Little Red Corvette" • "Red Toupee" • "Last Day of the Century" • "I Wanna Get Back With You" • "Blue Skies" • "Let's Do It Again" • "You'll Be Taken Care Of" • "Why Don't You Love Me?" • "Wait Until Tomorrow" • "She's Leaving Home" • "Swimming Pools (Drank)"
Contributions "Little Drummer Boy" • "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout" • "Ring My Bell" • "Silent All These Years" • "I'm On Fire" • "Landslide" • "Spark" • "Merman"
Tribute Albums "Famous Blue Raincoat" • "Down by the Seaside"
Unreleased "Afraid of the Dark" • "All the Mothers in Town" • "Amanda's Boy" • "And My Heart Beats" • "Ballerina" • "Baltimore" • "Berlin Wall" • "Birthday Song" • "Blue Bird Boogie" • "British Invasion" • "Can You Read Me" • "Car Full of Boys" • "Chiron" • "Custody" • "Desert Blue" • "Distance" • "Distant Storm" • "Don't Burn Me Up" • "Every Part of You" • "Everything I Got" • "Fallen Angel" • "French Kiss" • "Friends?" • "Fun House" • "The Good Life" • "Hot Box" • "How Can I Touch You Again" • "I Don't Know How to Leave You" • "If I Make It through the Storm" • "I'm Your 911" • "In the Shadow" • "In Your Arms" • "It Might Hurt (A Bit)" • "It's a Happy Day" • "Jackass and the Toad" • "Judgement Seat" • "Just Ellen" • "Learn to Fly" • "Listen to My Heart" • "The Lonely Parade" • "Looking for Eldorado" • "Lost Little Lisa" • "Married Man" • "Me & You" • "Midnight Oil" • "A Moment in Time" • "Much Too Cute" • "New Age Soldier" • "Nothing Like a Man" • "One More Chance" • "Only in Your Dreams" • "Predator" • "Renamed" • "The River Runs Deep" • "Rock My Soul" • "Rub Down" • "Rubies and Gold" • "Score" • "She Writes Your Heart Off" • "Shopping for Genes" • "Silent Victim" • "Song of Solomon" • "Still Look Good" • "Street Fever" • "Tough and Tender" • "Trail of Tears" • "Walking with You" • "When French Girls Kiss" • "When His Eyes Stray" • "When I Was Dreaming" • "Where the Sun Shines" • "Year of the Cat" • "Young Boy"