'97 Bonnie and Clyde By Tori amos

baby, your da-da loves you

and i'm always gonna be here for you

no matter what happened

A father is telling his daughter that he loves her and will always be there for his little girl no matter what might happen.

you're all i got in this world

i'd never give you up for nothing

nobody in this world is ever gonna keep you from me

i love you

The daughter is all that the father has left in the world.

come on, hey hey, we going to the beach

grab a couple of toys, and let da-da strap you in the car seat

The father has decided to take his daughter on trip to the beach for some fun.

where's mama? she's taking a little nap in the trunk

oh that smell; da-da musta runned over a skunk

The mother of the girl is dead in the trunk of the car, and is starting to smell.

now i know what you're thinking; it's kinda late to go swimming

but you know you're mama

she's one of those type of women, that do crazy things

and if she don't get her way, she'll throw a fit

The father explains to the daughter that they are going late night swimming because mama wants to.

don't play wit da-da's toy knife honey, let go of it

now don't look so upset,

The girl found the knife the dad used to stab the mother, and the dad is trying to get it away from his daughter.

why you acting bashful

don't you wanna help da-da build a sand castle

The dad is now trying to distract the daughter's mind.

and mama said she wants to show you how far she can float

They are really going to the beach so that the father can dump the girl's mama into the water to get rid of the body.

don't worry about that little boo-boo on her throat

it's just a little scratch, it don't hurt

her was eating dinner while you were sweepin'

spilt ketchup on her shirt

mama's messy isn't she

we'll let her wash off in the water

The father is trying to keep his daughter from knowing her mother is dead. The father says the the knife cut is a "boo boo" and the blood on her shirt is ketchup. He tells the girl not to worry about the mess since the water will wash it all away.

and me and you can pway by ourselves, can't we

just the two of us, just the two of us

just the two of us

just the two of us

The father is emphasizing that it will now only be the two of them, and that the mother will not be there.

see honey, there's a place called heaven and a place called hell

there's a placed called prison and a place called jail

and da-da's probably on his way to all of 'em, except one

The father is saying that if/when he gets caught, he will not be going to heaven.

cause mama's got a new husband, and a stepson

and you don't want a brother do ya

The mother possibly was living a double life, or had a previous marriage and the first husband was trying to get back into the picture.

maybe when you're old enough to understand a little better

i'll explain it to you

One day the father will explain what happened to the mother, but right now, the girl is still too young.

but for now, we'll just say mama was real real bad

she was being mean to dad, and made him real real mad

but i still feel sad that i put her on timeout

Using words the son will understand, the father says that the mother was bad, so she was put in a timeout.

sit back in your chair, honey, quit trying to climb out

i told you it's ok, hey hey, you wanna bah-bah

take a night-night

na-na-goo-goo gah-gah

or make coo-coo-cocka

da'll change your di-ey

clean the baby up so i can take a nighty-nighty

your da'll wake her up as soon as we get to the water

The daughter is starting to get fussy. The dad is doing what all he can to make sure she falls asleep. He promises he will get her mother once they get to the water.

97' bonnie & clyde, me and my daughter

me and my daughter

me and my daughter

The dad has turned them into Bonnie and Clyde. Running from the law, from his mistakes.

just the two of us, just the two of us

just the two of us

just the two of us

It is just the two of them now.

wake up sweepy head, we're here

before we pway

we gonna take mommy for a wittle walk out on the pier

baby don't cry honey, don't get the wrong idea

mama's too sweepy to hear you screaming in her ear

that's why you can't get her to wake

They have made it to the water, and the dad is trying to keep his daughter calm. Telling her mama is too tired to hear the screams, and that the daughter should let mother sleep.

but don't worry

da-da made a nice bed for mommy at the bottom of the lake

The father knows that the mom will find rest at the bottom of the lake.

here, you wanna help da-da tie a rope around this rock

we'll tie it to her footsy, then we'll roll her off the dock

ready now, here we go, on the count of phree

The dad has her help him so that she feels better. The tie a rock to the mothers feet, and are getting ready to push mother off.

1, 2, phree, weeeeeeee

there goes mama, spwashing in the water

They push mama off the pier.

no more fighting wit dad

no more restraining order

no more step da-da

no more brother

No more mama, no more problems.

blow her kisses buh-bye

tell mommy you love her

The dad has his daughter say her finale good bye to her mama

now we'll go play in the sand, build a sand castle and junk

It is time to play.

but first, just help dad with two more things out of the trunk

But, they need to take care of step-dad and step-brother

just. the. two. of. us...

Just the two of them

Uses repetition, some rhyming scheme, imagery, and irony.
The theme of this ballad is murder. A father murders his wife, her first husband, and first child. He murders them and has his young daughter help him dispose of the bodies.
Characteristics of this being a murder theme are when the father talks about the mom sleeping in the trunk, the bad smell the daughter smells, the knife that she plays with, driving to the water, making a bed for mom at the bottom of the water, tieing a rock to the mom's feet, and the father repeating that will only be the father and daughter now.
The social content of the song is people getting rid of what is making them mad. It is very much a culture thing to get problems out of the way. Murder may be a bit extreme tho.
Tori Amos grew up surrounded by music. She loved the piano, and tried playing it when she was three. She moved to L.A. to pursue her dream of having a recording career. Her producers tried to make her an 80's rock star, but that plan flopped. When she created the album she wanted, it went gold in the U.S. and the U.K.
The song, written by Eminem, was about how Eminem's baby mama would not let him see his daughter. One day, he says he is taking their daughter to Chuck E Cheese, but he actually took her to the studio to record the song. The song is a fictional story with some real life problems mixed in. He used this song to reconcile with his daughters mom, and it worked. They were soon back together.
Tori was inspired not by the murder of the wife, but by all murder victims of Slim Shady. She used all the original words from Eminem's song, but put an eerie feel to the lyrics.

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