If you catch a light sneeze, it may be nothing, but it could be the first sign of a major illness, a metaphor that plays out in this song. In press materials for the Boys For Pele
album, 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."
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, whom she dated and went through a painful breakup with. 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!"
Sara - Fareham, United Kingdom