"And the album going into ‘Hey Jupiter’ and that is the point where she knows it’s over with this particular relationship, or ships, and it’s not ever gonna be what it was again. It is never going back. That’s where the whole record turns on its axis."
“As soon as she knows that, then you do the whole way down thing. Go further into the place of the South, the place of the hidden, with ‘Little Amsterdam,’ which is all metaphorical, about wanting to kill people, being angry at people that you feel have done something... the whole domination thing, the whole hierarchy, patriarchy...and her way to fight back and they are blaming her but ‘it wasn’t her bullet’ but she still believes it would have been fine if...” She makes a soft gunshot noise. “They lost him.” (B-Side Magazine, May/June 1996)
"I’ve set it between two release points, an intro and an outro. It helps the smell of this song, so you really get the honeysuckle with the sweet potatoes and the black-eyed peas. And just like you weave down those roads in the South, you know, you’re in swampland, and then you hit water, and then country, and sugar cane. And then you hit a gas station somewhere and you’re in a town, and you’ve gotten into the Christian sound. It’s like those writers I read as a little girl, Faulkner and Williams. This is how I write. It’s not about sitting down and putting 18 bars here or there." (New York Times, January 14, 1996)