A Sorta Fairytale is the first single from Tori Amos' 2002 album Scarlet's Walk, a concept album in which Scarlet, a character loosely based on Amos, travels across post-9/11 America. In A Sorta Fairytale, Amos refers to how relationships with other people, whether long or short, are part of who you are, which means that you are never completely alone.
The music video features Amos as a head attached to a disembodied leg and Adrian Brody as a head attached to a disembodied arm. The pair meet and fall in love, but Brody laughs at Amos' crooked fifth toe; she runs away to a beach, where Brody find her and they share a kiss. In response, their bodies emerge from their disembodied parts, making them into whole people through their love.
Notes for Parents: The lyrics of this song are suitable for all ages, but they are poetic and metaphorical and may require some explaining for younger girls. The tone of the lyrics seems very bittersweet, focusing on the loss of relationships, but the video shows a more optimistic view, with the lovers made whole by each other. The video images are strange, and some younger children may find them disturbing; there is also a scene revealing the emerging bodies of the pair. Nevertheless, the video is fascinating and provides an excellent illustration of the idea that the right person will love you despite what others consider flaws.
Lyrical Notes: None Video Notes: Suggestive Imagery/Wardrobe, Suggestive Situations