Song Analysis

Pandora’s Aquarium

jeudi 8 septembre 2011, par Cécile Desbrun

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

"I couldn’t chase after something that wasn’t going to manifest itself in the physical. I didn’t become a mother, although I owned life, I couldn’t go back to being that person (I was) before. And yet...I knew that there was some primitive agony of women losing their children that I had to dive through. And believe it or not, Pandora took me by the hand and came first...It took me by the hand, drug me under, and all of a sudden, we were off." (Salt Lake Tribune, May 29, 1998)

“You know when you’ve cried and cried, and you really can’t cry anymore, so you’re very quiet ? I started hearing the water. And Pandora - the last song on the record - came to me. She was sort of warning me that there are so many feelings under the rocks that I needed to turn into. She told me, ‘You need to dive into this one, Tori, because your healing is there. Once you go, it’s a whole new journey, but you’ve got to metaphorically leave this little dock and come with me to find out what’s really in this ocean of feelings. So I did. And that’s where I met these songs.” (Alternative Press, July 1998)

"And Pandora was the first one to come, not in her entirety, but she started to come. She came off the water. I was staying on the river, and the water was a large part of this record. I would spend hours on the water and seeing how the sea transformed itself, knowing that I had to transform myself from a woman who had lost a baby to a woman who was grieving, to a woman who had to find joy in life again." (Yahoo Online Chat, August 5, 1998)

"Pandora was the first song to really come after we had lost the baby, when I was just trying to find a reason to wake up in the morning." (Tennessean, August 23, 1998)

"I use a lot of symbology, so if you dive into the symbol world, you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on. You have to go into the myth of Persephone to really understand what I’m talking about : You have to know that the Lord of the Flies is another word for Hades, and that Hades captured Persephone. It’s the rape of Persephone ; that is her myth. And she became queen of the underworld and couldn’t leave for half the year. But did she choose to stay by eating the pomegranate seed ? Did she know the rules or did he trick her ?" (New Jersey Star Ledger, November 20, 1998)