John Philip Shenale, the architect of the prepared piano on another Under The Pink
track, "Bells For Her
," did a string arrangement for the track… after Tori erased all the existing strings from the album. Her record label had brought in another esteemed arranger for a four-song session with a 50-piece orchestra. But Tori wasn't feeling it. After a round of margaritas with her boyfriend/producer Eric Rosse, she worked up the courage to erase all 50 pieces on the four tracks without telling her record label.
"'Yes, Anastasia' was one of those tracks where I erased the strings," she recalled in the liner notes to the 2006 compilation, A Piano
. "She was with me during that time, all the way from Virginia. I think because of the blood on the tracks for Anastasia herself - with the brutality, the murders that happened with her family - that when there was a misalignment with the string arrangement, when the composition of the structure was compromised, and when ultimately the story was compromised, I decided we needed a little blood on our tracks too. Maybe that's not such a bad thing. I think she made the greatest case for me to erase everything."