Silent All These Years

Album: Little Earthquakes (1991)
Charted: 26
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  • Excuse me, but can I be you for a while?
    My dog won't bite if you sit real still
    I got the Anti-Christ in the kitchen yellin' at me again
    Yeah, I can hear that
    Been saved again by the garbage truck
    I got something to say, you know, but nothing comes
    Yes, I know what you think of me, you never shut up
    Yeah, I can hear that

    But what if I'm a mermaid
    In these jeans of his with her name still on it
    Hey, but I don't care
    'Cause sometimes, I said sometimes I hear my voice
    And it's been here silent all these years

    So you found a girl who thinks really deep thoughts
    What's so amazing about really deep thoughts?
    Boy you best pray that I bleed real soon
    How's that thought for you
    My scream got lost in a paper cup
    You think there's a heaven where some screams have gone
    I got twenty-five bucks an' a cracker
    Do you think it's enough to get us there

    'Cause what if I'm a mermaid,
    In these jeans of his with her name still on it
    Hey, but I don't care
    'Cause sometimes, I said sometimes I hear my voice
    And it's been here silent all these

    Years go by, will I still be waiting
    For somebody else to understand
    Years go by, if I'm stripped of my beauty
    And the orange clouds raining in my head
    Years go by, will I choke on my tears
    'Til, finally there is nothing left
    One more casualty, you know we're too easy, easy, easy

    Well, I love the way we communicate
    Your eyes focus on my funny lip shape
    Let's hear what you think of me now
    But, baby, don't look up, the sky is falling
    Your mother shows up in a nasty dress
    Hmm, it's your turn now to stand where I stand
    Everybody lookin' at you, here taken hold of my hand
    Yeah, I can hear them

    But what if I'm a mermaid
    In these jeans of yours with her name still on it
    Hey, but I don't care
    'Cause sometimes, I said sometimes I hear my voice
    I hear my voice, I hear my voice, and it's been here
    Silent all these years
    I've been here
    Silent all these years
    Silent all these
    Silent all these years Writer/s: Tori Amos
    Publisher: Downtown Music Publishing
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 2

  • Bb from Us Of A Tori’s song “Silent All These Years” is a heartbreakingly beautiful song. She is a few years older than I am & we grew up in the same area, same type of upbringing. Her visions of dealing with adolescent issues, rape, abuse, sexual violence, & even some denial are thrown into this song. Masterfully written lyrics, which hold such power & mystery, embolden the song’s meaning, making it relevant even almost 20 years later.
  • Erik from Bloomfield Hills, MiTori, your lyrics have provided a loner like myself hope. Somehow, these lyrics are immortal to me. You have touched me in ways you may have dared thought were impossible. I can't say exactly how this happened, but somehow, these lyrics have told me that it is never too late to reclaim anyone you think you may have lost in your life. Thank you, Tori.
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