Song Analysis

Raspberry Swirl

Thursday 8 September 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

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

"My women friends and I take on different roles. and as my woman friend once had problems with her boyfriend I slipped into his role and told the men who wanted to come near to her: if you wanna come here you will have to make sure you’re good enough for her. but I wasn’t impressed by any of them." (Deutschlandfunk, 5/18/98)

"Sometimes I feel like I become the male figure for my girlfriends and so it’s unfortunate that I can’t be a man, because I think I’d be in love with all of them, but that’s not my inclination. I love them very much, so this song is about.."things are getting desperate when all the boys can’t be men, everybody knows I’m her friend, everybody knows I’m her man." and..well, they love it when I sing it to them." (Atlantic Records Electronic Press Kit, 5/98)

"The animus in me is Raspberry Swirl. I’m in love with my women friends, but I just don’t eat pussy. But I’m in love with them. If I had a different sensibility, then you know I think I could, you know, really fulfill someone down there, where a lot of men in their loves don’t. And eating pussy is a metaphor, too...it’s about crawling in there, being with their juices, really being with them." (Alternative Press, 7/98)

"I wrote it, for one of my girlfriends who just had a streak of men who really didn’t get her. Sometimes I play the role of the man in my relationships with my female friends. I’m not talking physical, I’m talking on an emotional level. And so this is about being understanding. That if I were 6-foot-4 and had one less hole and a couple more round hairy things, there’s no way that these men would be able to compete. Because I really think that they miss the beauty in the women that I find really attractive. They really miss it." (The Louisville Observer, 10/98)

“OK, Now I don’t do hair-pie. Oh god, I hope my Dad doesn’t watch this, he can’t deal with this stuff, but I tell him he should cause one of these days one of the nieces or nephews are going to ‘come out’, but anyway, my husband and I are ‘Married’ but my friend Beene is, we are married. Now she has had some real bad relationships, there is this one, if I ever see him I’m gonna kick his ass and well. I’m gonna kick his ass right now. This is for Beene.” (VH1 Storytellers, October 24, 1998)