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Single by Tori Amos
from the album Boys For Pele
B-side "Amazing Grace/Til’ the Chicken" "Frog on My Toe" "Sister Named Desire" "Alamo" "Samurai" "London Girls"
ReleasedMarch 11, 1996 (UK)
April 22, 1996 (Aus)
May 21, 1996 (US)
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Tori Amos
Producer(s) Tori Amos
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Caught a Lite Sneeze"
"Professional Widow"

"Talula" is a song by Tori Amos, released as the second single from her 1996 album Boys For Pele . It reached number 22 on the UK Singles Chart and appeared in the Jan de Bont film Twister .


The single version, titled "The Tornado Mix", is remixed by BT, who went on to work with Amos on "Blue Skies", and includes a minor dance beat. In the UK, "Talula (The Tornado Mix)" replaced the original version of the song on the album and eventual re-pressings in the US and Australia.

BT also remixed an extended mix called the "Synesthasia Mix" which appeared on copies of the single.


The song is about the concept of ideal woman and the fear of losing someone. [1] The lyrics includes references to queens like Marie Antoinette and Anne Boleyn.

The B-side "Sister Named Desire" is a reference to Delirium's sister/brother Desire of Sandman , created by Amos' friend Neil Gaiman. The character of Delirium is frequently inspired by Tori, although Delirium was created before Gaiman met her. "Desire" was later remastered for the compilation Where's Neil When You Need Him? , which featured tracks inspired by Gaiman's work. This is not the first nor last time Tori has mentioned Neil Gaiman; he is referenced in her songs: "Tear in Your Hand", "Space Dog", "Horses", "Hotel", "Carbon", and "Not Dying Today".


Track listing

UK CD Version 1

  1. "Talula (The Tornado Mix)" - 3:43
  2. "Talula (BT’s Synethasia Mix)" - 11:27
  3. "Amazing Grace/Til’ the Chicken" - 6:48

UK CD Version 2

  1. "Talula (The Tornado Mix)" - 3:43
  2. "Frog on My Toe" - 3:40
  3. "Sister Named Desire" - 5:29
  4. "Alamo" - 5:11

US Maxi-Single

  1. "Talula (Tornado Album Version)" - 3:43
  2. "Samurai" (Tori Amos/George Porter Jr.) - 3:03
  3. "Frog on My Toe" - 3:40
  4. "London Girls" (Chas & Dave cover) - 3:20
  5. "Talula (BT's Synethasia Mix)" - 11:27

US Promo Single *PRCD 6736-2*

  1. "Talula (Tornado Mix Edit)"
  2. "Talula (Tornado Album Version)"
  3. "Samurai" (Tori Amos/George Porter Jr.)
  4. "Frog on My Toe"
  5. "London Girls" (Chas & Dave cover)
  6. "Talula (BT's Synethasia Mix)"


Chart (1996)Peak
Australia (ARIA) [2] 131
Scotland (OCC) [3] 19
UK Singles (OCC) [4] 22
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles ( Billboard ) [5] 19
US Hot Dance Singles Sales ( Billboard ) [6] 49

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