God (Tori Amos song)

God (Tori Amos song)

Infobox Single
Name = God

Artist = Tori Amos
from Album = Under the Pink
Released = February 3, 1994 [US] April 26, 1994 [Aus]
October 3, 1994 [UK]
Format =
[ Recorded = ]
Genre = Alternative rock
Length = 03:58
Label = Atlantic
[ Writer = ]
Producer = Tori Amos Eric Rosse
Chart position =

  • #1 (US Modern Rock)
    [ Reviews = ] *
    Last single = "Crucify" (1992)
    This single = "God" (1994)
    Next single = "Cornflake Girl" (1994)

    "God" is a song by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It is the second track on Amos' 1994 album Under the Pink. The song reached number forty-four on the UK singles chart as well as #1 on the US Modern Rock Chart.

    Inspiration, meaning and response

    The song was Amos' response to patriarchy and the repression of women through religion. Lyrically it was heavily confrontational of male-deity headed religions, with lyrics like "God, sometimes you just don't come through/do you need a woman to look after you?" American radio was very hesitant to play the song because of its heavy use of guitars, so a promotional CD was released in the USA with two commercially unavailable mixes of the song: the "No Guitar" mix and the "Some Guitar" mix. The b-sides to the American release included Amos' reworking of the traditional song "Home on the Range", with new lyrics reflecting her Cherokee heritage, as well as a two-song instrumental piano suite. An American cassette single featured the b-side "Sister Janet".

    A completely different single was released in Europe on CD, 12" and 7" vinyl single, and cassette. The 7" single was a glossy dual sided picture disc. They featured ambient and jungle house remixes of the track by CJ Bolland.

    Track listing

    US CD Single

    #"God" (3:58)
    #"Home on the Range (Cherokee Edition)" (5:25)
    #"Piano Suite: All the Girls Hate Her" (2:23)
    #"Piano Suite: Over It" (2:11)

    US Cassette Single

    #"God" (3:58)
    #"Sister Janet" (4:02)

    US Promotional CD Single

    #"God (Some Guitar)" (3:58)
    #"God (No Guitar)" (3:58)

    UK and German CD Single

    #"God" (3:58)
    #"God (The Dharma Kaya Mix") (12:34)
    #"God (The Rainforest Resort Mix)" (10:32)
    #"God (The Thinking Mix 2)" (9:50)

    UK 12" Vinyl Single

    #"God (The Thinking Mix 2)" (9:50)
    #"God (Acapella Vocal and Rain Mix)" (4:42)
    #"God (The Rainforest Resort Mix)" (10:32)
    #"God (The CJ Bolland Mix)" (5:58)

    UK 7" Vinyl Single and Cassette

    #"God" (3:58)
    #"God (Acapella Vocal and Rain Mix)" (4:42)

    Music Video

    The music video for God features Amos in a variety of religiously themed situations, notably showing mundane situations in day to day life and making visual correlations with religious rituals. This includes visually comparing a Tefilin used by a Rabbi with a basketball player using a belt on his arm while injecting drugs. The video is often remembered for scenes of Amos dancing with a plethora of white rats; this was commented on in an episode of the television show Beavis and Butthead.


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