Spark

Album: From The Choirgirl Hotel (1998)
Charted: 16 49
  • Amos said in Deluxe magazine, May 1998: "'Spark' is about when I miscarried, in 1996. I was three months pregnant and very excited. All of a sudden I woke up one morning and started to feel bad. The songs started coming soon after. I was really angry at God. Going into a shopping mall and seeing some woman knock the head off her child, I'm going - 'So this is fair?' I don't know where the spirit went, whether she picked another mummy, like, "OK, choose her, then! Hope you're tone deaf!"
  • Amos (from Q magazine, May 1998: "Once you've felt life in your body, you can't go back to having been a woman that's never carried life. The other thing is feeling something dying inside you and you're still alive. Obviously when it was happening, it was already over, but in my mind, you don't know that it's over yet. You're doing anything, thinking, Oh God, maybe if I put a cork up myself, maybe it'll keep this little life in. That's why in Spark, I say, 'She's convinced she could hold back a glacier/But she couldn't keep baby alive.' You just start going insane. There's nothing you can do, so so you surrender and then... start again." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Yana - Ariel
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  • Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnI became a fan of Tori after this song was released. I thought to myself - finally a woman who has something important to say.
  • Deb from Melbourne, AustraliaA few of Tori's songs are about miscarraige. Muhummed My Friend is similar - in Piece by Piece Tori talks about pleading with whatever powers she can, Muhammed, God, whoever, to let her keep her baby.
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