Q: I noticed that the lyrics aren’t included for Agent Orange.
Tori: There’s certain times when I wanted the listener to just lay there. With “Agent Orange”, I was hoping you could see this orange-bodied muscle man, and give yourself a giggle so that we’d transform this being from a mutilated skin person to Orangina. It’s the idea of becoming Tang - transmuting the chemical effect. You can’t forget that happened - you can’t forget the warfare. So, of course there’s that level. I just had to bring it in. I decided to bring it in as a muscle man. (Aquarian Weekly, February 21, 1996)
"I’m still acknowledging the war with ‘Agent Orange’, the idea of the war." (B-Side Magazine, May/June 1996)
"There’s one called Agent Orange. Naturally, if we’re talking about the boy/girl matrix, there’s going to be a war zone at some point in our story. It’s kind of been a war zone from early on in the record. As the record goes on - and on and on and on [laughs] - the vulnerability starts coming. Then you start sleeping with one of the lieutenants from the other side because you ended up at a country village and you forgot that you were on different sides. You know how it is when war begins: The strangest, craziest things begin to happen. That’s when we start moving into something else with that break on the record after Jupiter, with Amsterdam, with Talula. Now we’re in the South - that whole smell and taste. And we go into Agent Orange. If we’re gonna have war, we have to bring warfare in. I decided to make him a bodybuilder because that memory has to transmute also - the skin. To become like tango, the idea of Tang, or the idea of Orangina, an Orange muscle secret agent who we love...That song, Agent Orange, is the one o’clock cabaret moment, where you’ve had a couple of Amarettos on the rocks, and there’s just a sadness. But you know that sadness when you’re still alive? You know you’re not dead. You’ve got all your body parts. You’re all there. You’ve got a date. He’s got a new love [Long dreamy pause] And you go on with it." (Musician, May 1996)