Maybe I've forgotten
The name and the address
Of everyone I've ever known,
It's nothing I regret
Save it for another day, cause
The school is and the
Kids have run away

I would like a place I can call my own
Have a conversation on my telephone
Wake up everyday, that would be a start
I would not complain by my wounded heart

I was upset, you see
Almost all the time
You used to be a stranger
Now you are mine

I wouldn't even trust you
I've not that much to give
We're dealing in the limits, and
We don't know who with
You may think that I'm out of hand
That I'm naive, I'll understand
On this occasion, it's not true
Look at me, I'm not you

I would like a place I can call my own
Have a conversation on the telephone
Wake up everyday, that would be a start
I would not complain with my wounded heart

I was a short fuse
Burning all the time
You were a complete stranger
Now you are mine

I would like a place I can call my own
Have a conversation on the telephone
Wake up everyday, that would be a start
I would not complain with my wounded heart

Just wait 'till tomorrow
I guess that's what they all say
Just before they fall apart...



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"Regret" as written by Bernard (gb 2)/hook Sumner

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  • +3
    Song Meaning:Maybe I've forgotten the name and the address
    Of everyone I've ever known
    It's nothing I regret

    -He has not kept in touch with those in his past....and he does not regret that aspect because he wants to block his past out.

    Save it for another day
    It's the school exam and the kids have run away

    -He avoids thinking about his past regrets, keeps putting it off to another day, like kids do when they have to study for a school exam...he's running away from his past problems.

    I would like a place I could call my own
    Have a conversation on the telephone
    Wake up every day that would be a start
    I would not complain of my wounded heart

    -He's idealizing a simple life as a solution to his angry & depressed feelings, and as a way to heal his wounds from past regrets.

    I was upset you see
    Almost all the time
    You used to be a stranger
    Now you are mine

    -This part almost seems like he realized his goal of a simple life with someone he loves, where he is emotionally calm & freed from his past mistakes. However, I think this part is something like a fantasy of being able to look back & not feel regret because you're happy with your current life. It's not something that has actually happened.

    I wouldn't even trust you
    I've not got much to give
    We're dealing in the limits
    And we don't know who with

    -He realizes that his fantasy is unrealistic. In reality, he would not even trust this "stranger" to be emotionally open with, and due to his depressed feelings, he doesn't have much to give to a relationship anyway. Plus, it's a huge risk ("in the limits"), and you never quite know who you're dealing with in a new relationship. In short, he knows that in reality, a new love would not solve his bad feelings & ease his regret.

    You may think that I'm out of hand
    That I'm naive, I'll understand
    On this occasion, it's not true
    Look at me, I'm not you

    -He's justifying his feelings. He may appear naive & out of hand emotionally at times, but he's saying its valid. No one else can really know how you feel & judge if it's justified or not.

    repeat chorus

    I was a short [out] fuse
    Burning all the time
    You were a complete stranger
    Now you are mine

    -Pretty much the same as above, only here he compares himself to a fuse that's shorted out to describe his emotional state. He continues to fantasize that a new love & simple life would solve his bad feelings.

    repeat chorus

    Just wait till tomorrow
    I guess that's what they all say
    Just before they fall apart

    -People often tell you that things will work out, get better in the future ("tomorrow"), etc, but he's mocking them here, saying that they say such things right before their own life crumbles. It's cliche advice and little comfort.

    -The song has a pessimistic view: the fantasy that life will improve is just that, a fantasy. In reality, life is a series of regrets.
    voodoodollyon February 13, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning:Every single song interpretation I read always has some fool saying it's about drugs or referencing drugs somehow. Get over it! Maybe many artists do drugs but not all their songs about drugs, it's lame. This song is clearly about the regrets he (anyone) has built up and accumulated over the years especially through adolescence. The song is nearly directed at regret itself. As a kid he had no regrets, "you were a complete stranger, now you are mine". "I was upset you see, almost all the time" and "I was a short fuse, burning all the time" meaning he was going through typical teen angst and frustration. Again, "you were a complete stranger (you=regret), now you are mine".... as he looks or thinks back on life as he was growing up and now he's feeling regret over his actions, reactions, etc. He does not regret having forgotten the name or the address of everyone he's ever known, it was his behaviour, actions, decisions, etc., he regrets. And it's regret he now possesses. "I would like a place I could call my own, Have a conversation on the telephone, Wake up every day that would be a start, I would not complain of my wounded heart"... this is him wanting to make amends with someone or correct his past mistakes. And the last paragraph, "just wait till tomorrow, I guess that's what they all say just before they fall apart" is him saying maybe "tomorrow" he'll have the gonads to make this call and perhaps make amends but at that point, it doesn't seem he will be able to because he lacks the strength.
    Isobellaon June 15, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:my girlfriend loves this song. :)

    it's about living life without any regrets, i guess. New Order's songs tend to be so beautifully cryptic, it's anybody's guess what they really mean.
    roger wilcoon May 13, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:This is such a beautiful song about living a life with no regrets. I have all of these hopes and dreams and sometimes I fear I will not be able to do all the things that I would like to. Saying "just wait till tomorrow" is what so many people say and that is why so many people have regrets. I completely intend to live my life to the fullest and live without any regret by living for myself and in the moment.
    ChaosFluro24on October 05, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I think it's about a druggie whose girlfriend is disgusted with him with how low he's sunk. She often pesters and lectures him to get off the junk -- "Save it for another day, it's a school exam and the kids have run away" and the "Look at me, I'm not you" shows he's fed up with her lecturing.

    He may have hit rock bottom, but he's "happy" where he's at, being a junkie. He may have forgotten a lot of important things as a result of it, but he doesn't regret it. He doesn't want to hear any more lecturing, so he wants rid of her, not caring how much it would hurt him -- it seems they met at a time when he was depressed ("I was upset you see/Almost all the time/You were a complete stranger/Now you are mine").

    What seemed like a good thing going at first ended up being a hassle -- not either to blame, but the drugs/booze/substance. "Just wait until tomorrow/That's what they all say/Just before they fall apart"
    Daisukeon February 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:why does everyone think every song is about drugs! this song is about someone who has left an intense relationship and a bad period of his life now he longs for a life with no heartbreak,drama and hardtimes as these lines show:

    I would like a place I could call my own
    Have a conversation on the telephone
    Wake up every day that would be a start
    I would not complain of my wounded heart
    Craig82on June 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Oh shut up about the drugs! You generally find it hard to get out of bed when you're depressed as it is.
    nic-ckon January 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Memory:I don't believe it's about drugs, at least not to me. This song reminds me of a woman I knew two decades ago. We had an intense relationship that ended with no real finish. Fast forward twenty years, and my life has been what it's been. It's a good life, but every so often I wonder "what if"? Regret is a powerful emotion and this song really captures that for me, anyway.
    USNAGator91on April 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:im following you roger
    cheshireranch182on May 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:I don't interpret it, but i like it!
    P.s are you sure that's 100% the right words?
    And so, i follow YOU cheshireranch182 (and Roger)
    Golgothaon June 05, 2002   Link

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