Song Analysis

Hotel

Thursday 8 September 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

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

"I was definitely crashing at a certain point, I mean emotionally crashing. I had almost crashed and that’s what I sing about in Hotel. It’s a strange feeling to see you are crashing, and you know, that it is so, and you know nobody will appear and say: you don’t have to crash now. you crash, and then you gotta crawl out of that one." (Deutschlandfunk, May 18, 1998)

"...in ’Hotel’ she says goodbye to someone she perhaps might have married. I think as you’re getting married, all the loves, even the 10-minutes loves, are popping up. ’Hotel’ was really like feeling like an agent - a spy - in that he was the greatest guy at one time and they were giving me time behind enemy lines. Even though she knows they can’t be lovers because it’s a whole other life, she just can’t let him go. That’s the thing about letting old lovers go. You don’t stop loving some of them. There are a couple you love no less than you ever did. Not to mention names...but I’m still in love with a couple. You’re not going to try to make it work again, but if they needed you, you’d drop everything." (Alternative Press, July 1998)