A Sorta Fairytale

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"A Sorta Fairytale"
Single by Tori Amos
from the album Scarlet's Walk
Released 2002
Format CD single, DVD single
Recorded 2002
Genre Rock, piano rock
Length 5:30 (album version)
4:01 (single version)
Label Epic/Sony BMG
Writer(s) Tori Amos
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Concertina"
(2000)
"A Sorta Fairytale"
(2002)
"Taxi Ride"
(2003)
A Sorta Fairytale
Video by Tori Amos
Released 8 April 2003
Genre Rock/Pop
Length 25:00
Label Sony Music Video
Director Sanji
Tori Amos video chronology
Tori Amos: Complete Videos 1991–1998
(1998)
A Sorta Fairytale
(2003)
Welcome to Sunny Florida
(2004)

"A Sorta Fairytale" is a song written and performed by singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It was released as the first single from her 2002 album Scarlet's Walk. The song reached #14 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, and #1 on the Triple A (adult album alternative) chart. The song has since been featured in episodes of the television shows Nip/Tuck and The L Word. There are three commercially released versions of the song: the album version (5:30), the 101 Mix (4:00) and the original single version (4:01). It was released as a CD single (UK/Canada) with "Operation Peter Pan" as the B-side, and as a DVD single (US) with the music video, co-starring Adrien Brody.

Song information[edit]

From the promotional CD Scarlet Stories:

I think that there is a place where she [Scarlet] realizes that people come in and out of your life. Sometimes for a day, sometimes for longer. And all of them make you what you are. You can't separate these people out of you. They form who you are. Even the ones that you kind of say well... you know, I don't know if I wanna be formed by them anymore. (laughs) But you are in some way. You are. That's why, maybe, you don't have to look at them so harshly because they have affected you. At the end, though, you know... it's us as individuals with our... mm... with our love for the land. For something intangible, that when soulmates come and go, you're never alone even when you're standing just you in your shoes, because you carry them with you.

Single releases[edit]

Maxi-CD single (UK and Canada)[edit]

  1. "A Sorta Fairytale" (101 Mix)
  2. "Operation Peter Pan"
  3. "A Sorta Fairytale" (original single version)*
  4. "A Scarlet Story" (Enhanced CD multimedia)

7" single (US)[edit]

  1. "A Sorta Fairytale" (single version)* (on both sides)

*The "single version" and "original single version" are identical though titled differently. Issued with a picture sleeve. Disc has small center hole

DVD single (US)[edit]

  1. "A Sorta Fairytale" music video (digitally mastered)
  2. Tori Amos biography
  3. Making of "A Sorta Fairytale"
  4. Interview segment (with Amos)

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Sanji, features Amos, as a head attached to a disembodied leg, falling in love with another head attached to a disembodied arm (played by Adrien Brody). The two creatures show signs of romantic interest in one another, until the arm accidentally hurts the leg's feelings by laughing at her crooked fifth toe. The leg then flees by jumping onto a passing skateboard, and ends up alone on a deserted beach. The arm finds her and they consummate their love with a deep kiss. The act of kissing causes the arm and leg to suddenly start swelling up and grow their extra body parts—they finally become complete, "whole" humans by realizing their love.

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2002 UK Singles Chart 41
2002 Canadian Singles Chart 6
2003 U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 14
2003 U.S. Adult Alternative 1
2003 U.S. Adult Top 40 11
2003 World Adult Top 20 3
2003 U.S. Hot Singles Sales 9