|Single by Tori Amos|
|from the album To Venus and Back|
|Released||February 8, 2000|
|Genre||Alternative rock, electronic|
|Tori Amos singles chronology|
"Concertina" is a song written and performed by American singer/songwriter Tori Amos, released as the fourth and last single from her 1999 album To Venus and Back. The commercial CD single was released in February 2000.
Background and release
The title of the song refers to the musical instrument Concertina. The lyrics use it as a metaphor to describe the experience of discomfort and unease in a social setting, likening it to being a squeezebox. When recording the song, Amos wanted to combine the acoustic piano with electronic drums, as she felt the dichotomy complimented the themes of the lyrics, which describe sensory discomfort in a "fierce calm" and being changed "particle by particle".
|“||Do you ever feel like you walk in a room, and you don't know why, but you're just so uncomfortable you're crawling out of your skin, even though nobody's touched you, physically? That's in Concertina, when you feel like you haven't excavated enough of your different personalities that when one pops up, you're not sure where it came from, and you try to hack it out of yourself. It shocks you that you could have this kind of fault, or that other people could bring it out in you.||”|
Enhanced CD single, February 8, 2000:
- Concertina (The single mix) 3:58
- Famous Blue Raincoat (Live) 5:24
- Twinkle (Live) 2:49
- Music video for "Glory of the 80s"
Promotional CD single, February 8, 2000:
- Concertina (The single mix) 3:57
- Concertina (The album mix) 3:57
Promotion and chart performance
No music video was filmed for the song. A promo CD single featuring both the single and album mix of the song was released to radio stations. Concertina was performed live on the television show Later... with Jools Holland. The song was featured in setlists during Amos' 1999 concert tour in support of the album.
|"Concertina" (2000)||US AAA||18|
|"Concertina" (2000)||Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales (U.S.)||48|