Song Analysis


Friday 9 September 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

(Coming soon! In the meantime, read Tori’s quotes about the song)

"Then we’ve got ‘Seaside’ that happens over on Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard." (in November 20, 2002)

“Originally, ’Seaside’ was on Scarlet’s Walk. However, as I started tying the story together musically, geographically, and of course, the element of the narrative itself, I came upon a sticky wicket as a writer... It became crystal clear that ’Seaside’ had to have occurred within the sonic structural realms of ’Pancake’. Almost as if ’Seaside’ is the moon to ’Pancake’’s Mars. Therefore ’Pancake’ and ’Seaside’ are obviously a tension of the opposites. Each polarity is giving Scarlet an understanding of what’s really at play here at this time. Both songs are giving her a clue... [Miss Scarlet with the Candlestick in the Library].” ("Seaside" preface on Scarlet’s Web - 2002)

“So I got a letter, um, awhile ago. It was a couple years ago. And I got it backstage, and it was from a 13-year-old girl. And she said, ’In all the bombings I lost my best friend.’ And she was 13, too. And this came from the Middle East. And I carry that letter around. And this little song came, and she was gonna be on Scarlet’s Walk, but she’s here tonight instead.” (Tower Records - December 2, 2003)