Caught a Lite Sneeze

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"Caught a Lite Sneeze"
Single by Tori Amos
from the album Boys for Pele
B-side "This Old Man" "Hungarian Wedding Song" "London Girls" "That's What I Like Mick (The Sandwich Song)" "Samurai" "Graveyard" "Toodles Mr. Jim"
Released January 1, 1996 [UK]
January 2, 1996 [US]
January 29, 1996 [Aus]
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock, baroque pop
Length 4:27
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Tori Amos (lyricist/composer)
Producer(s) Tori Amos
Tori Amos singles chronology
"Past the Mission"
"Caught a Lite Sneeze"

"Caught a Lite Sneeze" is a song by Tori Amos, released as the first single from her 1996 album Boys for Pele. It reached #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #20 on the UK Singles Charts, and is one of the most recognized songs by Amos and a fan-favourite. Surprisingly, it does not appear on her best-of collection, Tales of a Librarian.

The song is about wanting to do anything to keep a relationship going, knowing that it's over.[1] It references Nine Inch Nails's album Pretty Hate Machine in the following lyric: "Caught a lite sneeze / Dreamed a little dream / Made my own pretty hate machine."

In live performances from 1996 and 1998, Amos would frequently insert lines directly from and inspired by "Hurt," another song by Nine Inch Nails.

The song holds historical significance as the first ever to be made available as a free Internet download.[2]

It has been covered by a variety of artists, including by Voltaire on his album Boo Hoo, and Evans Blue on their album The Pursuit Begins When This Portrayal of Life Ends.


Track listing[edit]

UK CD Version 1[edit]

  1. "Caught a Lite Sneeze" - 4:24
    Silly Songs:
  2. "This Old Man" - 1:44
  3. "Hungarian Wedding Song" - 1:00
  4. "Toodles Mr. Jim" - 3:09
  5. "Caught a Lite Sneeze" (video) - 4:26

UK CD Version 2[edit]

  1. "Caught a Lite Sneeze" - 4:24
    Tribute to Chas and Dave:
  2. "London Girls" - 3:20
  3. "That's What I Like Mick (The Sandwich Song)" - 2:59
  4. "Samurai" - 3:03

US Maxi-Single[edit]

  1. "Caught a Lite Sneeze" - 4:24
    Silly Songs:
  2. "This Old Man" (Traditional) - 1:44
  3. "That's What I Like Mick (The Sandwich Song)" (Chas Hodges & Dave Peacock) - 2:59
  4. "Graveyard" - 0:55
  5. "Toodles Mr. Jim" - 3:09


Chart (1996) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 60
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 64
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 9
U.S. Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 13
U.S. Billboard Hot Singles Sales 47
U.K. Singles Chart 20
Canadian Singles Chart 20
Irish Singles Chart 21
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[3] 51


  1. ^ Quotes from interviews with Tori Amos.
  2. ^ "SongFacts". Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  3. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.