"Flying Dutchman"
Tori-Amos Little-Earthquakes.jpg
B-side from Little Earthquakes


January 1992


6:29 ("China" France single edit)
6:29 (A Piano alternate mix)
6:21 (Gold Dust)


Atlantic Records, East West Records


Tori Amos


Davitt Sigerson (1992)
Tori Amos (2012)

"Flying Dutchman" is a B-side from Tori Amos's 1992 debut album Little Earthquakes.


"Flying Dutchman" was included on both a cassette Tori submitted for copyright in June 1990 and on the initial version of Little Earthquakes rejected by Atlantic in December that year.[1]

The song was written after a phone conversation with Tori's friend Rantz Hoseley[2], who later went on to edit the anthology graphic novel Comic Book Tattoo, a collection of stories inspired by Tori songs.

Alternate, remastered and re-recorded versions[]

An alternate mix of "Flying Dutchman" was included on Disc A of the 2006 boxset A Piano: The Collection. The song was remastered for the 2015 reissue of Little Earthquakes.

A re-recorded orchestral version of "Flying Dutchman" performed with the Metropole Orchestra was included on the 2012 orchestral album Gold Dust.

Other appearances[]

Comic Book Tattoo

Comic book tattoo

Live performances[]

"Flying Dutchman" was first performed during the 1992 Little Earthquakes Tour and has been played on all of Tori's tours since. While the song has traditionally been performed solo at the piano, an orchestral version of "Flying Dutchman" was played with the Metropole and Warsaw Orchestras during the 2012 Gold Dust Orchestral Tour.



Credits taken from A Piano liner notes.

  • Acoustic piano, vocal, sampled strings — Tori Amos
  • Recorded by John Beverly Jones
  • Assisted by Leslie Ann Jones
  • Produced by Davitt Sigerson
  • Alternate Mix on A Piano: The Collection mixed in 1992 by John Beverly Jones
  • Is there separate credits for Gold Dust? Is there credits for the string players?