Professional Widow
Single from Boys for Pele


January 22/23, 1996 (LP version)
July 2, 1996 (US single)
December 30, 1996 (UK single)
February 24, 1997 (AUS single)


4:31 (LP version)
8:08 (single)


Atlantic Records, East West Records


Tori Amos


Tori Amos

"Professional Widow" is the fourth song on Tori Amos' 1996 album Boys for Pele. The Armand's Star Truck Funkin' Mix of the song served as the third single from Pele.


Armand's Star Truck Funkin' Mix[]

"Professional Widow" was remixed by Armand van Helden and renamed Armand's Star Truck Funkin' Mix


Music video[]

Remastered and reconditioned versions[]

Other appearances[]


The album version of "Professional Widow" appeared on the Escape from L.A. motion picture soundtrack released on July 15, 1996.[1]

Live performances[]

"Professional Widow" was first performed live during the 1996 Dew Drop Inn Tour and has been played on several tours since, exclusively with a band.[2] The song was performed by the character Pip on the 2007 American Doll Posse World Tour.[3] During the same tour, Armand's Star Truck Funkin' Mix was used as an interlude between Acts I and II each night; Amos' bandmates jammed to a recording of the remix after the first act ended.

Merry Widow Version (1996)[]

A unique live rendition of "Professional Widow" recorded during the Dew Drop Inn Tour was released as the 'Merry Widow Version' on the "Hey Jupiter" single EP in 1996. This version of the song had alternate lyrics and was played entirely on the organ.

In 2014, Polari Magazine's Andrew Lachey praised the Merry Widow Version as one of Amos' finest rarities, writing that it "transforms the original, in an almost unrecognizable way, emphasizing her adaptability and fluidity towards her own compositions".[4]

Other live performances of the song have been included on Welcome to Sunny Florida and Legs & Boots.



Credits taken from Boys for Pele, Tales of a Librarian, and A Piano liner notes.[5][6]

Boys for Pele (1996)

  • Harpsichord, Bosendorfer, vocals – Tori Amos
  • Drum programming – Alan Friedman
  • Bass – George Porter Jr.
  • Drums – Manu Katche
  • Guitar – Steve Caton
  • Bull – Bull

Armand's Star Truck Funkin' Mix (1996)

  • Remixed by Armand van Helden for X-Mix Productions

Merry Widow Version (live, 1996)

  • Recorded and mixed by Mark Hawley and Marcel van Limbeek

Tales of a Librarian (2003)

  • Armand's Star Truck Funkin' Mix reconditioned by Mark Hawley and Marcel van Limbeek