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Caught A Lite Sneeze

by

Tori Amos



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In press materials for Boys For Pele, Amos said of this song: "It's really about a relationship. And she's kind of given herself away, so she's trying to get pieces back in any way she can. I mean, whoever works at that point. And if it's Inana or whoever. And if it works calling her in the church, to evoke a little ass, then you go for it."

As you can tell, Tori is evasive regarding who specifically inspired the song, if anyone. The likely candidates are:
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, who had a quick affair with Tori. When Tori mentions "My own Pretty Hate Machine," it's a reference to the first Nine Inch Nails album: Pretty Hate Machine.

Her former producer Eric Rosse, who she dated and went through a painful breakup. She uses the sneeze as a metaphor for the idea that he was her soul mate, and she begins to think that perhaps he wasn't after all: "Sometimes men like to think they're the flu, but sometimes they're just a h'achoo!" (thanks, Sara - Fareham, United Kingdom)
This was the first song ever made widely available on the Internet. Amos offered it as a free download. (thanks, Josh - Pittsburgh, PA)
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Comments (4):

I always thought this song was about Rosse. as for the trent thing, She refers to a love triangle when she talks about hey jupiter, so i wonder if 1995 (between rosse and mark) was an interesting year for her
- Sara, Fareham, United Kingdom
Tori is at her best when she is singing about betrayal. I bet Trent Reznor wasn't too happy about this song, ha ha!
- Theresa, Murfreesboro, TN
The one line is only a nod to trent reznor. The song is about betrayal.
- The R, Hoboken, NJ
was it ever confirmed that Tori had an affair with Trent? She does in fact reference a NIN song, but she worked with Trent on Past the Mission so her reference here might just be a little wave to Trent given their past collaboration.
- IceCreamAssassin, Providence, RI
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