The line "I wager she got betrayed by her friend Despair" is a reference to English author Neil Gaiman's comic book Sandman
series. Amos told Radio.com
: "Neil's one of my best friends. My brother Neil, my spirit brother of over twenty years: he ends up skating through many of my songs. There's a shared love for mythology there. That's a real driving factor in our [respective] work. I always wanted to."Sandman
fan Tori Amos became friends with Gaiman after making a reference to "Neil and the Dream King" on her 1991 demo tape. He included her in turn as a talking tree in his novel Stardust
. Amos has continued to mention Gaiman in her songs, one example being in "Space Dog
" where she sings "Where's Neil when you need him?"