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"God" is a song by Americanmarker singer-songwriter Tori Amos. It is the second track on Amos' 1994 album Under the Pink. The song reached number 44 on the UK singles chart as well as #1 on the US Modern Rock Chart which is to date her only number one song on that chart.

Inspiration, meaning and response

The song was Amos' response to patriarchy and the repression of women through religion. Lyrically it was heavily confrontational of male-deity headed religions, with lyrics like "God, sometimes you just don't come through/do you need a woman to look after you?" American radio was very hesitant to play the song because of its heavy use of guitars, so a promotional CD was released in the USA with two commercially unavailable mixes of the song: the "No Guitar" mix and the "Some Guitar" mix. The b-sides to the American release included Amos' reworking of the traditional song "Home on the Range", with new lyrics reflecting her Cherokee heritage, as well as a two-song instrumental piano suite. An American cassette single featured the b-side "Sister Janet".

A completely different single was released in Europe on CD, 12" and 7" vinyl single, and cassette. The 7" single was a glossy dual sided picture disc. They featured ambient and jungle house remixes of the track by CJ Bolland.

Release dates

  • US: February 3, 1994
  • Australia: April 26, 1994
  • UK: October 3, 1994


Track listings

US CD Single

  1. "God" (3:58)
  2. "Home on the Range (Cherokee Edition)" (5:25)
  3. "Piano Suite: All the Girls Hate Her" (2:23)
  4. "Piano Suite: Over It" (2:11)


US Cassette Single

  1. "God" (3:58)
  2. "Sister Janet" (4:02)


US Promotional CD Single

  1. "God (Some Guitar)" (3:58)
  2. "God (No Guitar)" (3:58)
  3. "God"


UK and German CD Single

  1. "God" (3:58)
  2. "God (The Dharma Kaya Mix") (12:34)
  3. "God (The Rainforest Resort Mix)" (10:32)
  4. "God (The Thinking Mix 2)" (9:50)


UK 12" Vinyl Single

  1. "God (The Thinking Mix 2)" (9:50)
  2. "God (Acapella Vocal and Rain Mix)" (4:42)
  3. "God (The Rainforest Resort Mix)" (10:32)
  4. "God (The CJ Bolland Mix)" (5:58)


UK 7" Vinyl Single and Cassette

  1. "God" (3:58)
  2. "God (Acapella Vocal and Rain Mix)" (4:42)


Music video

The music video for "God" features Amos in a variety of religiously themed situations, notably showing mundane situations in day to day life and making visual correlations with religious rituals. This includes visually comparing a tefilin used by a rabbi with a basketball player using a belt on his arm while injecting drugs. The video is often remembered for scenes of Amos singing in front of a lit candle (possible phallic symbol), dancing with a plethora of brown rats (possibly at the Rat templemarker); this was commented on in an episode of the television show Beavis and Butthead, and parodying a snake cult.

Chart performance

Chart (1994) Peak

position
US Billboard Hot 100 72
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
Australia ARIA Chart 65
Canadian RPM Top Singles 87
UK Singles Chart 44


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