Song Analysis

Wednesday

Thursday 22 September 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

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

"Wednesday is a mixture of many things, mainly because she’s at a place now where, she realizes that love is a bit complicated and... it’s not just about a fantasy that you have of somebody. And so Wednesday is kind of involved and complicated because it’s not a cut and dry sort of idea. It’s not, ’I don’t like this person.’ It’s not that simple. I think you might be really um, very taken with somebody and they might be very much in your life, but there are things that they do that are quite disrespectful or cross a line in a way that is um... very passive-aggressive, so you can’t really talk about it. Manipulation makes her cry, especially when it’s with people that you supposedly are close with. You see, covert activity you would think happens with the outside forces, not the inner circle, and Wednesday’s very messy. It seems like a happy little song, but it’s um... it’s, as I said before, things aren’t cut and dry." (Scarlet Stories)

Scarlet moves on to take other lovers. In Wednesday she’s in a relationship with a man who harbours secrets. "The trust is gone and she doesn’t know whether she is imaging that he’s up to something or whether he really is. She’s becoming something she never wanted to become - possessive and suspicious." But on another level, Scarlet’s love-affair is with America. "Is the land of the free really so free? People have put their trust in the ideal of America. But whether it’s the broken treaties with the Native American people or the recent stock market crash, greed has taken over." (Scarlet’s Walk bio)

Amos’ latest album comes with a map that links each of her songs with a portion of the road trip through a certain area of the country. "Wednesday" - a somewhat schizophrenic tune that dances between jovial, melancholy and funky - represents the North- west.

The song is about a relationship filled with secrets, but Amos doesn’t recall the Northwest being secretive at all.

"They (Northwesterners) were very welcoming, and I was intrigued by their concerns, and I found quite a powerful grass-roots movement. But sometimes, they would just be having a cup of coffee and a waitress would bring something up to you.

"I found that this kind of thinking was very integrated in the Northwest. ... It was more instilled, just a concern of what was happening, because there seemed to be a love of the land.

"You can have a love for the land, but not for the policy that the leaders are pushing." (The Register-Guard July 25, 2003)