Why “Ribbons Undone”?

I was a new Mom the first time I heard this song by Tori Amos, and it really moved me. It’s about being a Mom to a little girl and all of the love and wonder and possibility that comes with that. I was going to post the song here so you could listen to it, but the versions I found on YouTube weren’t the best quality. I recommend listening to the song in iTunes or on Amazon mp3 if you’re interested. Lyrics below…

Ribbons Undone by Tori Amos

She’s a girl
Rising from a shell
Running to spring
It is her time it is her time
Watch her run with ribbons undone

She’s a rose in a lily’s cloak
She can hide her charms
It is her right there will be time
To chase the sun with ribbons undone

She runs like a fire does
Just picking up daises
Comes in for a landing
A pure flash of lightening
Past Alice blue blossoms
You follow her laughter
And then she’ll surprise you
Arms filled with lavender

Yes my little pony is growing up fast
She corrects me and says
“You mean a thoroughbred”
A look in her eyes says the battle’s beginning
From school she comes home and cries
“I don’t want to grow up Mom, at least not tonight”

You’re a girl
Rising from a shell
Running through spring
With summer’s hand in reach now
It is your time
It is your time
So just run with ribbons undone
It is your time yes my angel
It is your time
So just run with ribbons undone

Run run darlin’
Ribbons undone


The brilliant Tori Amos



2 thoughts on “Why “Ribbons Undone”?

  1. Germany

    Hello! We have a very common German connection… email?

  2. grandma

    Love the name of your blog..very unique! It fits perfectly for you and the girls..xo mom

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