Song Analysis

Pandora’s Aquarium

Thursday 8 September 2011, by 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)