|"Past the Mission"|
Standard cover art for most editions
|Single by Tori Amos|
|from the album Under the Pink|
|Released||16 May 1994 (UK limited edition)|
23 May 1994 (UK CD2)
4 July 1994 (AUS)
27 September 1994 (US)
|Tori Amos singles chronology|
"Past the Mission" is a song by American singer-songwriter and musician Tori Amos. It was released as the third single from her second studio album Under the Pink in Europe, Australia and North America; but was the fourth release worldwide, due to a varied released schedule in different countries. "Past the Mission" was released in May 1994 by EastWest Records in the UK, in July 1994 in Australia, and in September 1994 by Atlantic Records in North America. Two different CD singles containing live B-sides were released in the UK, and the second of these was released in continental Europe and Australia. In the US, the single was only released commercially on cassette, although a promotional CD single was produced.
Regarding the origins of the song, Amos commented:
"Past the Mission" refers to a personal experience with sexual violence, which I had a song about on Little Earthquakes also. So, the remark 'I once knew a hot girl' is painful. Where’s she gone? On this record there are songs about the healing from that experience, like "Baker Baker" ('Make me whole again'), "Past the Mission", "Yes, Anastasia". The idea is to rescue myself from the role of a victim. That I have a choice left. Though I can't change what has happened, I can choose how to react. And I don't want to spend the rest of my life being bitter and locked up. That’s also the thought behind the phrase 'past the mission/I smell the roses'.
Trent Reznor, founder of the industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails, sings background vocals on this track.
"Past the Mission" had less commercial success than the previous "Under the Pink" singles. It reached the top 40 in both the UKand Ireland, but failed to chart on the US Hot 100, and peaked outside the top 100 in Australia.
An alternate mix of "Past the Mission" appears on Amos' compilation box set A Piano: The Collection (2006).
The video begins with Tori holding hands with two young women, walking along a dirt road. As the three begin walking through a town, other women join them in their march until there's a large parade as the men look on. The women are eventually confronted by a male priest, who blocks their pathway. One by one the women move to the ground, laying flat as the priest walks around and steps over them. The priest is then joined by the rest of the men, who all walk away as the women stand up and continue their march, eventually finding themselves in the open field seen at the beginning of the video. The video ends with a young boy running to catch up with the ever advancing parade of women.
The UK CD single set was sold in two parts. The non-limited part (CD 2) comes in a slim jewel case and the disc features a photo-negative image of Amos playing a piano. The limited edition (CD 1) comes in a triple gatefold digipak case with two slots to house each CD in the set. In place of the second disc there is a cardboard cutout that looks like the CD. The owner can replace the cutout with the actual CD from the other half of the set. The second CD was also released in Germany and looks nearly identical excepting that the image on the disc is a positive image, not photo-negative.
|Australian Singles Chart||116|
|Irish Singles Chart||25|
|UK Singles Chart||31|
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