China (Tori Amos song)

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"China"
Tori Amos China.jpg
Single by Tori Amos
from the album Little Earthquakes
B-side
  • "Sugar"
  • "Flying Dutchman"
  • "Humpty Dumpty"
Released20 January 1992
Genre
Length18:51 (UK CD single)
Label Atlantic, EastWest
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Ian Stanley
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Silent All These Years"
(1991)
"China"
(1992)
"Winter"
(1992)

"China" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the third single from her debut studio album Little Earthquakes . It was released January 20, 1992 by EastWest Records in the UK. It was the first song written for Little Earthquakes[ citation needed ] and was originally titled "Distance"; [1] a recurring lyric and theme in the song. It was originally submitted to the Library of Congress in 1987. [2]

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Background

The song is often cited as one of Amos's least abstruse and most traditional ballads. It is a lament about lost love with lyrics like, "Sometimes I think you want me to touch you/How can I when you build the great wall around you?" This particular lyric likely inspired the cover art of Amos standing at an upside-down teacup shaped wall. This visual theme also occurred in the music video, which showed Amos lamenting on a rocky beach in England.

The single peaked at #51 in the UK, [3] but did not chart in other countries. One of the B-sides on the single, "Humpty Dumpty", is exclusive to this release. The B-side, "Sugar", was included on the Australian B-sides album, More Pink: The B-Sides, in 1994 and a live version appeared on the single, Hey Jupiter , in 1996. A live version of "Sugar" also appears on the live disc to Amos' 1999 2-CD album, To Venus and Back . Amos contends that she wrote the song at the last minute in an attempt to have a full set of songs for record producers.[ citation needed ]

Track listing

CD single/12" single
  1. "China" – 5:01
  2. "Sugar" – 4:27
  3. "Flying Dutchman" – 6:31
  4. "Humpty Dumpty" – 2:52
7" single/Cassette single
  1. "China" – 5:01
  2. "Sugar" – 4:27

Charts

Chart (1992)Position
UK Singles Chart [3] 51

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References

  1. Jacobs, Jay S. (2006). Pretty Good Years: A Biography of Tori Amos. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN   978-1-4234-0022-6.
  2. China by Tori Amos Archived 2012-03-16 at the Wayback Machine from free-pianosheetmusic.com
  3. 1 2 "Official Charts > Tori Amos". The Official UK Charts Company . Retrieved 2016-04-09.CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)