Tori Amos - China
Single by Tori Amos from the album Little Earthquakes


Little Earthquakes




Alternative rock




Atlantic Records


Tori Amos


Ian Stanley

"China" is the third single from Little Earthquakes and the seventh song on the album itself.

Background Edit

"China" was the oldest song included on Little Earthquakes, as it was written and copyrighted in 1987 under its original title, "Distance".[1] "China" was recorded during the third phase of creating Little Earthquakes, a period that also yielded "Me and a Gun" and several B-sides, all of which were produced by Ian Stanley in London, England.[2]

Tori wrote in the Little Earthquakes songbook that "the fifths in the bass represent the beginning of an ancient ceremony". In 2012, she told Rolling Stone that the song "probably came after a big bout of listening to Barbra Streisand. Because you know, if anyone can break your heart, she could".[3]

Remastered versions Edit

Remastered versions of "China" are included on Disc A of the 2006 boxset A Piano: The Collection and the 2015 Little Earthquakes reissue.

Music video Edit

Live performancesEdit

The earliest recorded performance of "China" was at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1991, and the song has been performed on all of Tori's tours since.[4] While "China" has traditionally been performed by Tori solo on piano, the song was played with Matt Chamberlain and Jon Evans during the Sinful Attraction Tour in 2009.[5]

Tori has played the song on TV.... note the French performance with the vocalists.

Live performances of "China" are included on Live at Montreux, Legs & Boots, and From Russia With Love.

Lyrics Edit

Personnel Edit

Credits taken from the Little Earthquakes liner notes.

  • Acoustic piano and vocals – Tori Amos
  • Bass – Mathew Seligman
  • Drums – Chris Hughes
  • Guitar – David Rhodes
  • String arrangement – David Lord
  • Violin – Stuart Gordon
  • Oboe – Will Gregory
  • Recorded by Paul Corkett and Steve Williams
  • Mixed by Ross Cullum
  • Produced by Ian Stanley

References Edit

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