Song Analysis


Thursday 22 September 2011, by Cécile Desbrun

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

"Strange comes, I think, in the cold, in the ice, in the snow. There’s a beauty to it that’s always um... made me fall in love, I guess. I can fall in love in the snow [giggle]. I guess it’s a good thing to remember. The ice is very sexy to me, and they’re blowing this ice smoke back and forth. That’s what, anyway, that’s what it does for me. So, yeah, I could fall in love in the snow and have done many times and so, I guess Scarlet’s falling in love in the snow here and she uh... she follows him. Maybe she’s in love with a moment in time, as much as anything else. And maybe part of it is a memory of someone that she’s breathing into him. But at a certain point she, she knows that um... she can’t be the only one that has enough love here." (Scarlet Stories)

On "Strange", Scarlet’s journey takes her to the sites of some of the last stands of the native American people, including Little Big Horn. From there she journeys on through the Bad Lands. "Scarlet has taken on the beliefs of her lovers and on another level those of her country. But she’s begun to question them. We are taught that America stands for democracy. But that’s not what she’s seeing." (Scarlet’s Walk bio)

We’re on the cusp of "Strange" and "Carbon" on your map. What does that mean exactly?

Personally, Madison has been a place where things changed in my life. We won’t go into details, but on my personal map, I made a different life choice in Madison many years ago. It wasn’t small. A certain kind of pattern in my life that I had with relationships, I just wasn’t going to have anymore.

As long as we’ve gone this far - a boy said to me at a mixing desk: ’So I just want to know one thing. Why do women conintunally go to the same guy, who’s going to taste them, eat them, spit them out, leave them by the side of the road, move on, and then back the car up and then say ’Get in’? Why?’ It was a good question, and I thought ’I have to mill about this.’ So I walked the streets. It changed my life. And I married him eventually. (Wisconsin State Journal March 27, 2003)