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This article is about the song by Tori Amos. For the village in Menard County,Illinois, see Tallula, Illinois.
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"
Released March 11, 1996 (UK)
April 29, 1996 (Aus)
May 21, 1996 (US)
Format CD, Cassette
Genre Alternative rock, baroque pop, electronica
Label Atlantic
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 #22 on the UK Singles Charts and appears in the Jan de Bont film Twister.

The single version, entitled "The Tornado Mix", is remixed by BT, who previously worked 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 repressings in the US.

BT also remixed an extended mix called the "Synethasia 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[edit]

UK CD Version 1[edit]

  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[edit]

  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[edit]

  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*[edit]

  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) Position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 19
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 49
UK Singles Chart 22
Australian ARIA singles chart[2] 131


  1. ^ Quotes from interviews with Tori Amos
  2. ^ "Response from ARIA re: chart inquiry (submitted to charts.mail@aria.com.au), received 2014-06-17". imgur.com. Retrieved 2015-03-04.