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"Cornflake Girl"
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Single by Tori Amos
from the album Under the Pink
B-side "Black Swan" "Daisy Dead Petals" "Honey"

"A Case of You" "If 6 Was 9" "Strange Fruit"

"All the Girls Hate Her" "Over It"

Released January 10, 1994 (UK)

January 17, 1994 (UK Limited Edition)

February 1994 (Australia)

May 5, 1994 (US)

Genre Baroque Pop, Alternative Rock, Piano
Length 5:05 (Under the Pink, UK single,

Tales of a Librarian)

3:53 (US single edit)

6:31 (To Venus and Back)

5:06 (A Piano: The Collection)

Label Atlantic, EastWest
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Tori Amos, Eric Rosse
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Crucify"

(1992)

"Cornflake Girl"

(1994)

"God"

(1994)

Cornflake Girl (UK)
Released January 10, 1994.
Cornflake Girl (UK Limited Edition)
Released January 17, 1994.
Cornflake Girl (US)
Released May 5, 1994.

"Cornflake Girl" is a song by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It was released as the first single from her second studio album Under the Pink, on January 10, 1994, by EastWest Records in the United Kingdom, and on May 5, 1994, by Atlantic Records in North America. Singer Merry Clayton provided backing vocals and sang the "man with the golden gun" bridge.

Peaking at number seven on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100, "Cornflake Girl" also experienced commercial success worldwide. It peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart, number nine on the Irish Singles Chart, and number two in Iceland. In Australia, Belgium, Canada and the Netherlands, it reached the top 40.

Background[edit | edit source]

The inspiration for "Cornflake Girl" came from a conversation Amos was having with a longtime friend about female genital mutilation in Africa, specifically how a close female family member would betray the victim by performing the procedure. Amos has said that growing up, the name they gave to girls who would hurt you despite close friendship was cornflake girls.[1]

The reference to corn flakes and raisins comes from their distribution in a box of breakfast cereal, implying that "raisin girls" are much harder to find than "cornflake girls". Amos has spoken in interviews about being referred to glibly as "the cornflake girl" due to the song's title being applied to her, when she considers herself a "raisin girl". Moreover, she specifically states in the first line of the song: "Never was a cornflake girl." Atlantic released a series of Corn Flakes boxes with pictures of Amos on them to promote the single, which are now collectible items.[2]

Amos appeared in a commercial[3] filmed in 1984[4][5] for Kellogg's Just Right, made before her widespread fame. Just Right includes corn flakes and raisins (in addition to dates), so the song and the cereal are related either through coincidence or intent.

The term "cornflake girl" also appears in the lyrics of the Billy Bragg song "Body of Water" on his 1991 album Don't Try This at Home with the line "Oh, to become a pearl / In the wordy world of the cornflake girl".[6]

You can find more song meanings here.

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Never was a cornflake girl
Thought that was a good solution
Hangin' with the raisin girls
She's gone to the other side
Givin' us a yo heave ho
Things are getting kind of gross
and I go at sleepy time

This is not really happening
You bet your life it is
You bet your life it is
honey, you bet your life, it's a
Peel out the watchword
Just peel out the watchword

She knows what's goin' on
Seems we got a cheaper feel now
All the sweeteaze are gone
gone to the other side
with my encyclopedia
they musta paid her a nice price
She's puttin' on her string bean love

This is not really happening
You bet your life it is
You bet your life it is
honey, you bet your life, it's a
Peel out the watchword
Just peel out the watchword

Never was a cornflake girl
Thought that was a good solution

Rabbit where'd you put the keys girl

And the man with the golden gun
thinks he knows so much
thinks he knows so much, yeah
and the man with the golden gun
thinks he knows so much
thinks he knows so much, yeah

don't close this door
I know it's so easy
to close this door
I know it's so easy

Rabbit where'd you put the keys girl

Improvisational Lyrics[edit | edit source]

Additional lyrics from the 1996 Dew Drop Inn tour[edit | edit source]

November 2, 1996:[edit | edit source]

Rabbit, where'd you put the keys, girl
Said, rabbit, don't give, don't slip
Don't slip back, don't
Slipping back, yes

Oh my darling believe me
I know that you're with me
And I know you're with me, and I know
Oh my darling, I know that you're with me
So where'd you put the keys
Where'd you put the keys, girl

[And the man with the golden gun...]

Rabbit, where'd you put the keys, girl
Said, rabbit, don't give, don't give
Don't push back
Don't push on my baby, say
Oh my darling believe me
I know that you hear me
And I know that you know
What I am saying
And I know, darling, I know that you're with me
So where'd you put the keys, girl

Solo intros from the Plugged 1998 tour[edit | edit source]

September 13, 1998:[edit | edit source]

So good, so good
So good, girl
That thing she should
Be around when I'm
Going down
She says, to catch me
To push me, more like it
She would
Kind of girl
That kills her husband
And she swears she won't
And you bet your life it is
You bet your life she is
And you're sure
She's gonna change
You swear to Christ she will
Swear on your life she will
But she shits you
Again and again...

September 18, 1998:[edit | edit source]

He say you do
And you believe in her, too
And you said she's there
In every kind of weather, yes
And you bet your life she will
Be there for you, she will
And you try to see through the veil
Her eyes are hiding from
Far away from
But you stay 'cause
You must prevail
You bet your life she won't
You swear to Christ she won't
Cut you, cut you
Out, yes
You swear your life she won't
Open wounds, she won't
But it's here
And she's there...

October 4, 1998:[edit | edit source]

Yeah, she can come
And she can come
And she swears many things
And I try to believe
You'll bet your life she does
Swear to Christ she does
And she uses
That smile that works so well
She tells me it won't go again
It won't happen again
And that smile
God, she does it so well...

To Venus and Back Version[edit | edit source]

Intro

You bet your life it is
You bet your life it is
And you try and prove me wrong
You swear to Christ she won't
On your life she won't
But it seems to go wrong
You swear to Christ she won't
On your life she won't
But that heart

[refrain]

Rabbit, where'd you put the keys girl?
Rabbit, where'd you put the, put the, put the things girl?
Like your heart and I swear it's the best thing that you can do
That way you do, that way you do, that thing you call
Where'd you put, where'd you put the keys, girl?

[Refrain]
Rabbit, where'd you put the keys, little girl?
Rabbit, where'd you put the, put the things?
Like your heart and you swear it's so hard
Well, I don't know what that does, but, anymore, but
Like your heart and you swear it's so hard
Well where'd you put the keys, girl?

Video[edit | edit source]

Music Video[edit | edit source]

There have been two music videos released for the song, the US version and the UK version. The US version is directed by Big TV! and the UK version was directed by Tori Amos & Nancy Bennett. For the UK version, Tori said that is based on The Wizard of Oz, except that Dorothy goes to Hell instead. Amos stated that she wanted there to be "two different visual expressions" of the song.[1]

US Version[edit | edit source]

UK Version[edit | edit source]

Versions[edit | edit source]

A reworked version of Cornflake Girl was released on Tales of a Librarian in 2004, which switched the lower and upper registers of the piano so that the lower end was playing on the right ear and higher end was playing left. It also featured the backing vocals of the bridge more prominently featured.

Promotional Performances[edit | edit source]

You can watch other promotional performances here.

Text Interviews[edit | edit source]

History has recorded some pretty nasty things that have happened to people. I think we remember, I think it's in our cells and I think it can still hurt sometimes. (Tori Amos, Under the Pink Songbook, 1994)

After I read Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker, about how mothers sold their daughters to the butchers, that kind of floored me. One always feels safer when there are good guys and bad ones. But there are no good guys out there. And its not as if one sex can make it okay. Now with "Cornflake Girl," the idea was that I always had this sisterhood and it was just blown to bits. I was betrayed by someone, a girlfriend, who gave me a pretty shitty deal. Her opinion was -- I'm a shit -- it depends on whose table it is that you're having arsenic at. I think the disappointment of being betrayed by a woman is way heavier than being betrayed by a man. We expect it from you guys. It hurts, but I'm not shocked. (Tori Amos, The New Review of Records - 1994)

"Cornflake," "Bells," and "Waitress" are a triangle together. Part of this record is dealing with the betrayal of women, between women. These three, "Cornflake" is, I've been reading Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker. It went in depth of just women betraying women, and how the mothers really sold their daughters to the butchers, and had their genitalia removed, et cetera. A lot of memory came to me. Just social memory, not necessarily personal memory -- collective memory of how women have turned on each other. And the concept of a sisterhood is not real. I think that hurts me more than most concepts, because the idea that -- we've been, women have had obviously very little to say in their lives, and it's been a difficult road. See, I believe in past lives, so I've been a man making it hard on women also. Just if we look at it from objective viewpoints, just the history of woman has been very lonely, and when you think that we should support each other, understand each other, that makes sense to me. You would think.

It's been -- again, it's the victims become the abusers, it's that whole -- which is explored in "Waitress," too, where I become the one who wants to slice this person's head off. But the thing is, it's been, it's so disappointing for me when I feel betrayed by another woman. So "Cornflake Girl" is that disappointment. "This is not really happening, you bet your life it is. Never was a cornflake girl, thought that was a good solution." Cornflake being white bread, closed. "Hanging with the raisin girls," you know, whole wheat, multicultural, open, a little more going on. "She's gone to the other side, giving us a yo heave ho. Things are getting kind of gross." I think that's clear. "And I go at sleepytime, this is not really happening. You bet your life it is."

The second verse, it just supports the whole thing. "Rabbit, where'd you put the keys, girl?" Rabbit, in certain Indian traditions, it represents fear. "Rabbit, where'd you put the keys, girl? And the man with the golden gun thinks he knows so much." Well, those are my God references again. "All the sweateaze are gone, gone to the other side, with my encyclopedia. They musta paid her a nice price. She's putting on her string bean love." Anorexic. They just put it on. If you go to their side and take up their case, then you're a strong, independent woman. Well, you know, I'm tired of "strong, independent woman equals," and there's a list. Instead of -- well, hang on a minute, the most interesting word here is vulnerability, that's getting left out, because it's associated with weakness. You don't dress a certain way to be a strong independent woman. It's fascist, and it's the same -- they're no different. They're the other extreme. I don't feel a part of any kind of sisterhood. (Tori Amos, Baltimore Sun - January 1994)

There's the cornflake girls and the raisin girls, and they represent two different ways of thinking: narrow-mindedness and open-mindedness. It's about the disillusionment that comes from the realization that someone has gone from one way of thinking to another. It's also about this idea that women are the good guys and men the bad guys, which just isn't true all the time. (Tori Amos, Upside Down flyer - February 1994)

Alice Walker's book, Possessing the Secret of Joy talks about how the mothers took their daughters to the butchers to have their genitals removed. Even though it may be instituted by the patriarchal group in the culture, it's very telling that the monsters were the ones who took this away from the daughters. When I just started to feel what that made me feel like, I started to really have to deal with my illusion of the sisterhood. I mean, we all like to think that only guys can do something like that, but we [women] can be very, very vicious and we have to be responsible as women for the fact that we've got a lot of blame going on. We blame each other, we blame men, we take very little responsibility for what we've created.

In the book [Possessing the Secret of Joy], it wasn't the men, it was the mothers, the ones you trusted more than anyone, telling you it's the best thing for you. It brought an ache to my being. What we as women haven't really owned is how we withhold from each other -- we'll cut each other out of our lives so fast if we feel our position's being threatened. We don't look at how vicious we can be toward each other. You can blame men for eternity, but the blame is not going to give us self empowerment. (Tori Amos, Life - February 7, 1994)

The fact is that women have betrayed one another. I agree with Alice Walker when she talks about the cellular memory that is passed down, which all women have to come to terms with. Whether it is the women taking the daughters to the butchers to have their genitalia removed, or the mothers that bound the feet of the daughters, it is often women who betray their own kind, not just men. Likewise the mother who sells her eight year old daughter in Egypt, to the Saudi Prince, or, as I said, women who say I shouldn't express myself as I have chosen to. That's why I say "Cornflake Girl" is about how I came to terms with the naive notion that all women are the good guys and men are always the bad guys. That, obviously, is not always the case. I still feel so much love for my women friends, nothing is more sacred to me than that, except my relationship with Eric. So when we turn on each other it has to be devastating. (Tori Amos, Hot Press - February 23, 1994)

"Cornflake Girl" is about betrayal between women. It was based on Alice Walker's Possessing the Secret of Joy. That book hit me on so many levels, if you know what I mean. I believe that cultural memory is passed down through the genes. Why do I react to certain things that... hey, I just fell off the swing. What's happening here?

Again, it's not about good guys or bad guys. It's not about this team or that team, although on "Cornflake Girl" there are the cornflake girls and the raisin girls. And you know I'm a raisin girl. (Tori Amos, Creem - March 1994)

"Cornflake Girl." I like that Ghost Riders in the Sky/High Plains Drifter whistling part. Who did that?

Me. I didn't whistle, though. We found it in an Apple computer.

Who's Rabbit in that song?

Rabbit is a Deadhead, who lives in Northern California. Rabbit is a girl. She lives in the forest, and makes beads, and she lives with Fox... I wished I could have been Rabbit!

Tell me about the man with the golden gun. Is he a wolf?

No. Never. He is dreams. He was never a contender, nor did he ever want to be. He is someone who, you know, he is just someone who... (Tori Amos, BAM - March 11, 1994)

It's like in Possessing the Secret of Joy, that novel by Alice Walker: cornflake girls are prudish, unconformistic and obedient to authority, whereas raisin girls are original, wilful and sexual. A cornflake girl is Wonder bread, whereas a raisin girl is whole wheat bread. In an American perspective the cornflake girl comes from a redneck-family from the mid-west and the raisin girl would be the product of a multi-racial circle of friends from the big city. It's of course, like all previous generalizations, a black/white picture. And the whole idea of good girls and bad girls is of course relative. That's why I like Trading Places, with the homeless moron Eddie Murphy temporarily takes the place of a manager. So much depends on the way you're living... I must admit, by the way, that long ago, I played the role of a bar pianist in an ad for Cornflakes [actually it was for Kellogg's Just Right cereal]. I flattered myself with the thought I was the Trojan Horse there: a raisin girl amid cornflake girls.

That book [Possessing the Secret of Joy] deals with women betraying each other. You have the cornflake girls and the raisin girls and they are two different beings. Cornflake girls are narrowminded and full of prejudice, whereas raisin girls are open to everything. My song is about someone who turned from a cornflake girl to a raisin girl and think it a disillusion. It's also about the idea that women are always the good ones and men the bad ones, which is not always true. (Tori Amos, Hitkrant - March 12, 1994)

In "Cornflake," you think, no, "this is not really happening -- you bet your life it is." It's a betrayal of women against women, which I really wanted to go into. (Tori Amos, St Louis Dispatch - July 15, 1994)

There are many layers of jazz influence in "Cornflake Girl." But while I was writing it, I refused to go back and listen to those influences because it had to evolve itself. (Tori Amos, Virginian Pilot - July 27, 1994)

Originally, Steve Caton, who played mandolins and guitars on the record, came up with this little line on the mandolin, and that was the "Ding ding-a ding ding" with the strumming to it [in the beginning of the song]. Everybody really liked that. And even in the mix studio, I was screaming at the top of my lungs that it had to be a whistle. I want the cowboys coming over the hill. Eric was laughing his head off, and the mixer, Kevin Killen, said to me, "This whistle is naff, Tori." And I said, "Well, guess what, Kevin. When you make your own song, you can put your own mandolin on it. This is a whistle. Fucking put it in. Put the sample in." So I got my whistle, and I'm happy as a clam to this day. (Tori Amos, Baltimore Sun - July 1994)

In London I lived off All Saint's Road, across from a reggae hangout. This was before that area lost a certain multicultural influence it once had. I was on-and-off the road touring Little Earthquakes, but whenever I would come home I would hear this reggae music all day long. One day in particular I had my windows open, and, oddly enough for England, I remember it being warm. I heard this groove in the distance, and it might have been many songs that they were playing back-to-back that day, but I started jamming to this constant kind of rhythm. Within pretty much a day's time I had a piano riff for what would become "Cornflake Girl." I was just playing along, and then, when the music stopped, I found myself still playing that riff.

About a year later, when I took the song into the studio for recording, other musicians came on and the original bass riff started to become something else. The legendary George Porter, Jr., brought his own variation of New Orleans voodoo, having been an instrumental part of The Meters. Eric had developed a loop that he said he was inspired to create after hearing me play my original riff for hours and hours. It's an interesting progression to note that "Cornflake Girl" was inspired by a groove-loop kind of percussive rhythm. Then I wrote the piano part, and to the piano part yet another percussive part was written. Then to that new and improved loop Paulinho Da Costa came and layered the track with even yet another syncopated, percussive part that included big sleigh bells and all kinds of things.

So despite "Cornflake"'s initial quick and spontaneous creation, all the mini sections and compositional details took over a year to resolve. Sometimes you get a real burst of inspiration, and then all you have is a riff. You don't really have a completed thought. It took me going very far away from where it had started to really finish it. Taking it from the city of London to the desert of New Mexico so that it could find its own character.

I think once I started to jam to the loop I was able to come up with this piano solo. But then it kept changing. Every time I played it, it changed depending on my mood. So what you hear on the record was really improvisation. The day that we recorded it I remember walking out of the studio wondering how I was going to be able to play it live. It took me weeks to really sit down, take the time to realize that I couldn't just improvise on tour every night, and actually learn what was caught on tape. (Tori Amos, A Piano liner notes - 2006)

My friend Karen Binns and I were talking about the idea of betrayal, and friends who don't stay friends because you feel they've crossed some kind of line, but they can't see that they've crossed it. They think you crossed the line. We gave these behaviors terms. We had our own language going so that people didn't know what we were talking about, and raisin girls were the girls that wouldn't let you down. Cornflake girls were the mean girls. It was a rejection of the projection of wholesomeness in America being seen as better than someone who might have had many experiences, but she's had to get her hands and her knees dirty to learn from those experiences. She's seen as tainted because she has knowledge. (Tori Amos, Under the Pink Deluxe Edition liner notes - 2015)

Versions[edit | edit source]

Cornflake Girl has been released several times. It has been remastered for Tales of a Librarian, where the piano reversed sides and the backing lyrics were more prominent during the refrain. It was remastered for A Piano: The Collection, as well. It was also released live for the second disc of To Venus and Back. It was also remastered for the 2015 and 2021 releases of Under the Pink. There is an edit of the song on the US release of Cornflake Girl.

Live Performances[edit | edit source]

The song has been performed 829 times live.[7]

You can watch other live performances here.

Sheet Music[edit | edit source]

Tori Amos for Easy Piano songbook.

You can find sheet music for the song at the following links.

Piano[edit | edit source]

Figure Tori Out[edit | edit source]

Cornflake Girl

Music Notes[edit | edit source]

These transcriptions come from the official releases.

Cornflake Girl (P/V/G)

Cornflake Girl (Easy Piano)

YANTA[edit | edit source]

Cornflake Girl (Instrumental)

Guitar[edit | edit source]

Music Notes[edit | edit source]

These transcriptions come from the official releases.

Cornflake Girl (P/V/G)

Cornflake Girl (Guitar Tab)

Covers[edit | edit source]

The song has been covered by the following artists:

  • 8 Bit Arcade
  • Annie Adams
  • Arc Lab
  • Cavedoll
  • Chiptune Punks
  • The Dentists
  • Done Again
  • E-Clypse (feat) Jemma Price
  • Domy Fidanza
  • Florence + the Machine
  • Golden Gun
  • The Harmonics (US)
  • The Hit Co.
  • Nathalie
  • The Noteables of Smith College
  • Noah Hawley & Jeff Russo
  • Jawbox
  • The Klone Orchestra
  • Liza Lee
  • Michael Palermo
  • Midnite String Quartet
  • The Minister of Soundalikes
  • Morphology
  • Music Box Mania
  • Out of the Blue (Duke)
  • Prima Primo
  • Songs of a Goddess
  • Tapping the Vein
  • Terpsichore
  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Rockstar
  • Uptown Vocal
  • Vitamin String Quartet
  • Yoga Pop Ups

In 2007, after Amos had to pull out of an appearance on the Australian comedy program The Sideshow, musical comedy trio Tripod performed the song in her place.[8] A cover version performed by Jeff Russo and Noah Hawley was used for the soundtrack to season 2 of the Legion TV series.

You can find official and unofficial covers here.

Other Appearances[edit | edit source]

A seventeen-page story inspired by "Cornflake Girl" was included in the 2008 graphic novel anthology Comic Book Tattoo, a collection of short comics based on Amos' songs. "Cornflake Girl" was written by Seth Peck and pencilled and inked by Daniel Heard, with the artwork done entirely in blue linework.[9]

Releases[edit | edit source]

Two separate "Cornflake Girl" CD singles were released in the UK. The first, released on January 10, 1994, contains three original b-sides: "Sister Janet", "All the Girls Hate Her" and "Over It"; the latter two being part of a Piano Suite. The second, released on January 17, 1994, was a limited edition picture CD housed in a digipak, containing cover versions of the songs "A Case of You" by Joni Mitchell, "If 6 Was 9" by Jimi Hendrix and "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday. The first CD single was replicated for the German and Australasian release, and its b-sides were re-used for the US "God" and "Cornflake Girl" releases. Other than "A Case of You" appearing on a US promotional CD compilation and a limited 2-CD Australian tour edition of "Under the Pink", the three cover versions on the limited UK "Cornflake Girl" CD single have not been released on any other title to date, and are not available to purchase through digital retailers. As such, this CD remains a collectible item.

Cornflake Girl has been released both studio and live on different formats. These include the following:

Legs and Boots released in 2007 in which Cornflake Girl appears.

Official[edit | edit source]

Childhood Memories bootleg cover.

Unofficial[edit | edit source]

Tracklisting[edit | edit source]

The US "Cornflake Girl" CD single is housed in a digipak case.

US CD single (with different artwork)

  1. "Cornflake Girl" (Edit) – 3:54
  2. "Sister Janet" – 4:00
  3. "Daisy Dead Petals" – 3:03
  4. "Honey" – 3:47

UK 7-inch single

  1. "Cornflake Girl"
  2. "Sister Janet"

UK, German, and Australian CD single

  1. "Cornflake Girl" – 5:05
  2. "Sister Janet" – 4:00
    Piano Suite
  3. "All The Girls Hate Her" – 2:23
  4. "Over It" – 2:11

UK limited-edition CD single

  1. "Cornflake Girl" – 5:05
  2. "A Case of You" – 4:38
  3. "If 6 Was 9" – 3:59
  4. "Strange Fruit" – 4:00

Reception[edit | edit source]

Ned Raggett from AllMusic described the "contemporaneous" song as "a waltz-paced number with an unnerving whistle and stuttering vocal hook."[10] Larry Flick from Billboard noted it as a "bouncy, piano-driven single". He added, "As always, Amos weaves lyrics that push you to think as well as hum" and "this could be the big hit Amos has been waiting for."[11] Cash Box wrote, "More painful confessional from Amos, a gifted singer-songwriter with a knack for making childhood pain perfect top-40 fodder. Reminiscent of early Kate Bush, this track will look to alternative and college radio for acceptance first, with rock outlets hopefully responding as well. Thematically, a bit depressing for hits stations, but an affecting, important release nonetheless."[12] Music & Media stated, "Amos is no musical Tory; she's as progressive and challenging as can be. But then again, this cornflake girl wouldn't have been what she is without having eaten from Kate Bush's cereal."[13] John Kilgo from The Network Forty called it "trademark Tori Amos from the lyrics to the grassroots cadence."[14] Mark Frith from Smash Hits gave it two out of five, describing it as a "melancholy tune that doesn't go anywhere."[15] Keeley Bolger commented in the 2010 book 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, that it "could sound depressing in the wrong hands, but Amos's charm conjures up a song that is as otherworldly as its subject. The piano cascades, soft percussion, and ghostly chorus set it apart from the plod of Britpop and post-grunge dominating transatlantic charts at the time."[16]

The song reached number four on the UK Singles Chart and was Amos' most successful international hit at the time. The single peaked within the top 10 in Ireland[17] and Iceland[18], and within the top 20 in Australia.[19] It was placed at number 35 on the Australian radio station Triple J's 1994 Hottest 100 poll,[20] and ranked in Blender magazine's The 500 Greatest Songs Since You Were Born at number 433.[21]

Charts[edit | edit source]

Weekly charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1994) Peak

position

Australia (ARIA)[19] 19
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[22] 38
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[23] 30
Canada Adult Contemporary (RPM)[24] 24
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[25] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[26] 73
Iceland (Íslenski listinn Topp 40)[18] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[17] 9
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[27] 30
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[28] 26
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[29] 41
UK Singles (OCC)[30] 4
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[31] 7
US Alternative Airplay (Billboard)[32] 12

Year-end charts[edit | edit source]

Chart (1994) Position
Australia (ARIA) 97[33]
Iceland (Íslenski Listinn Topp 40) 65[34]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Under the Pink (1994)

  • Piano and vocals — Tori Amos
  • Guest vocal — Merry Clayton
  • Bass — George Porter, Jr.
  • Drums — Carlo Nuccio
  • Percussion — Paulinho Da Costa
  • Guitars and mandolin — Steve Caton
  • Programming — Eric Rosse

To Venus and Back (1999)

  • Recorded during the Plugged Tour '98
  • Drums/Percussion — Matt 'the human loop' Chamberlain
  • Bass — Jon Evans
  • Guitars — Steve Caton
  • Bosendorfer, synth, vocals — Tori Amos
  • Programming — Andy Gray
  • Mastered by Jon Astley

References[edit | edit source]

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  2. "Cornflake Girl". Songfacts.com. Retrieved March 3, 2009. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2545
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Under the Pink
Songs "Pretty Good Year" • "God" • "Bells for Her" • "Past the Mission" • "Baker Baker" • "The Wrong Band" • "The Waitress" • "Cornflake Girl" • "Icicle" • "Cloud On My Tongue" • "Space Dog" • "Yes, Anastasia"
B-sides "A Case of You" • "All the Girls Hate Her" • "Black Swan" • "Daisy Dead Petals" • "Home on the Range (Cherokee Addition)" • "Honey" • "If 6 Was 9" • "Over It" • "Sister Janet" • "Strange Fruit"
Outtakes "Peeping Tommi"
Related "Under the Pink 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"