Video Review: Joan Osborne “St. Teresa (Version 1)”

Teresa (Joan Osborne) lies in bed and nibbles on her boyfriend’s ear. She tells him goodbye and pulls out of the driveway. The neon green Charlie’s Angel chain hangs from her rear view mirror as she makes a turn on the road.

At the hotel, she punches in with her time card. She pulls out some towels out of the linen closet and places them in her cart. She pushes the cart down the hallway.

She taps the arms of the chair as she sits in the basement of her home.

In the next room, she unlocks the door with key card and opens the curtains. Sighing, she sees an empty pizza box and dirty napkins on the tables. She picks up some money on the nightstand. Putting on gloves, she cleans the toliet.

The television turns by the bed. On screen, Osborne kisses her boyfriend.

Water splashes her face and she cringes. She reaches into the bottom of the bowl and pulls out a goldfish. She turns to the bathtub and sees it filled it goldfish. She lets the goldfish slip from her hands. Picking up the phone, she views a beating strawberry on the piece of cake. She picks it up and eats it. Her muscles and veins appear over her skin. A flower grows in the middle of her palm. Grass grows in the corner.

She watches herself on television as sheep walk down the hallway. The bathtub overflows. The sheep stand over the bed as she levitates.

The bed makes itself as she turns off the television. She puts her gloves and brush in the bucket and picks it up. She moves onto the next room.

Rating: 5/5

Teresa walks into church, holding hands with her boyfriend. Some fiftysomething women raise their eyebrows at her short skirt and tight t-shirt. She kneels in prayer and sings along with the hymns. She tells her neighbors “bless be with you” and asks God to forgive her during Communion. It was the first time she had been to Mass since she was a child.

A miracle had occurred at work. She wasn’t sure how to explain to it. She had seen some cash on the table and counted it. It was enough to buy something nice. If it had been any of her co-workers, the money would be reported and turned in to a manager. However, it seemed to be a gift from God.

While cleaning the room, she found a goldfish and floated over the bed. She heard sheep bleating down the hallway. God was telling her she was a good person and to use the money to help herself. She deserved it.

Leaning against the wall of the church, she exhales smoke from the joint. Her boyfriend tells her to put it out. She says one more puff and lets it burn out. Her boyfriend takes it from her hand and she reaches for it, saying she was saving it for later. He looks into her red eyes and says he’s going to get her help. In the car, she says it was one little joint. He says it’s not just that. She adds it was a special treat and says that she saw God. Her boyfriend shakes his head and makes a left into their subdivision.

Director: N/A Year: 1996

Pam Avoledo Administrator
Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her work has been published in the White Wall Review, Sledgehammer Lit ,Greatest City Collective & 45 Magazine . Fevers of the Mind, and forthcoming in Daily Drunk Mag\'s Kirstofia anthology.

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