"Toodles Mr. Jim"
B-side from Boys for Pele


January 2, 1996 ("Caught a Lite Sneeze" UK single)
January 4, 1996 (US maxi single)


2:49 (A Piano)


Atlantic Records, East West Records


Tori Amos


Tori Amos

"Toodles Mr. Jim" is a B-side from Tori Amos' 1996 album Boys for Pele.

Background Edit

"Mr. Jim died two days ago. Mr. Jim was good." The version later released on A Piano omits this portion.

Remastered version Edit

Reception Edit

Tori’s giggle from the studio floor made it onto this Boys For Pele B-side. What may sound like somebody pressed the ‘record’ button a few seconds too soon, it fits the song perfectly as she recounts a childhood squabble. The sprightly song tells the tale of her hometown neighbour, Mr. Jim, who defended her when Amos punched his daughter for insulting her mother. No stranger to humour, Tori has a childlike mischief and innocence, as she explores the way memories always live with us. This and many other songs in her catalogue engage with how people can easily access times that have past and re-experience the emotions of them in the present. If nothing else, you cannot help but smile thinking about a young Amos putting manners on someone where necessary.

Live performances Edit

"Toodles Mr. Jim" was first performed live during the 1996 Dew Drop Inn Tour and has been occasionally played on Amos' tours since.[1] "Mr. Jim" was referenced during an extended version of "Blood Roses" performed during the 1999 tour.

Mention the Blood Roses add on in PopMatters

Personnel Edit

Credits adapted from A Piano liner notes.[2]

  • Bosendorfer and vocals – Tori Amos
  • Recorded by Mark Hawley & Marcel van Limbeek

References Edit