"Us" as written by and Regina Spektor....
They made a statue of us
Then put it on a mountain top

The tourists come and stare at us
Blow bubbles with their gum
Take photographs of fun, have/of fun

They'll name a city after us
And later say it's all our fault
Then they'll give us a talking to
Then they'll give us a talking to
Cause they've got years of experience

Living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
Living in a den of thieves
And its contagious
And its contagious
And its contagious
And its contagious

We wear our scarves just like a noose
But not cause we want eternal sleep

And though our parts are slightly used
New ones are slave labor you can keep

Living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
Living in a den of thieves
And its contagious
And its contagious
And its contagious
And its contagious

They made a statue of us
They made a statue of us
The tourists come and stare at us
The sculptors mama sends regards
They made a statue of us
They made a statue of us
Our noses have begun to rust

Living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
Living in a den of thieves
And its contagious
And its contagious
And its contagious
And its contagious


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"Us" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +8
    General Commentbeautiful song. I love the whole concept of the world edifying love by making a statue. what the speaker and her significant other had was so awesome and profound that they immortalized it. It's also great that the love is contagious and catching. They're going to spread it throughout and get "blamed for it." Though the line with "den of thieves" makes it sound like the love is being stolen, i prefer not to think of it that way. Love can't be stolen. :) it grows and is spread to others.
    anna118kon February 18, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe clue is the lyric "rummaging for answers in the pages" and the excerpt "Den of thieves" which references the gospel of Mark 11:17.

    "And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves."

    This is about how the original message of religious prophets ("us") has become so corrupted and coopted by "them" that it has become a "contagious" virus and when it comes to reinterpreting scripture to justify actions in our name, "we" (the original prophets) want no part of it ("new ones are slave labor you can keep").
    wraton May 07, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentNothing to do with love, and almost nothing to do with comunism, it's the perception os the US, the country where she grew at:

    From what a see it's about the relationship between Europe and the US ("US"). They (Europe) give them the Statue of Liberty wich is now banalised by tourists.

    Europeans always say they have years of experience (history, old democracies, old republics) in comparison to Americans which "they give a talking to" because they see the US as too agressive to other countries.

    Opposed to the US ppl in Europe wear scarves ALL THE TIME.

    But the part that makes me think of it the most is the part that says "the sculptor's mama sends regards". The Statue of Liberty was made after Augusta Charlotte Bartholdi... THE SCULPTOR'S MAMA...

    Then again going to the more communist/socialist (or even modern European, if you will) view, some aspects of the US and it's culture are seen as a den of thieves and it's contagious because many other countries try to copy them

    I'll try to expand more to the idea at some point.

    Best regards
    nelsitoon March 27, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think of Lenin and Trotsky, who tried to change things for the better and will go down in history as villains.
    littlescroogeon February 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWe've chosen this as our wedding song, to walk down the aisle to. Taking the song very simply the idea of 'us' is very important to us(!), so we focused on the idea of us and our love 'they built a statue of us' etc. Someone on this site said they saw it as a love so big they built a statue of it, which kind of matches our idea- an optimistic view of this beautiful song :)
    Lots of our favourite songs are hard to fit into a wedding because of unrelated lyrics but as always they're open to interpretation. Only had to totally veto a few! Love love love Regina
    ktrowseon October 27, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think 'Us' here are women. About how media portrays them, how people make them a symbol, and how they're being treated differently to their male counterpart.

    >Living in a den of thieves - Middle East
    >Rummaging for answers in the pages - holy book -> Koran
    Those two lines kinda strike me about her portraying Arab women and how they're trying to justify their unjust treatment by rummaging pages in Koran.

    >We wear our scarves just like a noose
    >But not cause we want eternal sleep
    And those lines are probably about how many of them are forced to wear headscarves and it binds them in such kind of way.

    Overall I think it's about how feminism is contagious, that every woman will eventually get their own right and they are not just a symbol of oppresion.
    sedasion May 23, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDoes it matter what religion one is to write a song? No, it doesn't. I've written many times about God-- when I don't even believe in him.
    SoakedinMercuryon July 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell....when i first heard this song i didn't know what it was about, and i like to imagine what it could be about...if i wrote it...and this one just makes feel like the youth of a generation is saying that the older generation is building us up like we are the future of america will be great but when it doesn't go they wanted it, the older generation blames the younger generation for everything wrong about the world. or the other way i saw it was, we have this statue of blackhawk the indian by my hometown rockford, and i always picture ppl going by blowing bubble....they "early americans" respected the indians..but stole from them "living in a den of thieves" blamed the indians for things and "it's contagious" means it still goes on today...we are doing thing like that all over again. "we search for answers of how to fix it "rumaging for answers in the pages" (of history). but that's just me
    pychobj2001on January 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"we wear our scarves, but not because we want eternal sleep." Somehow she always plays with these suicidal images (carbon monoxide I am thinking of mainly), and yet fills her music so full of life. I would have to agree, she is a talent unlike any other female vocalist today. She has a slightly Mirah feel, and every once and a while reminds me of Nellie McKay, but mostly it's completely unique. Love it, especially this song.
    LeslieAnnLevineon February 06, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like Joemomma's interpretation that it is a historical song about Russian politcs (the album is called Soviet Kitsch afterall). The "heros" of one day became the "enemies of the revolution" the next.

    I like the humor in the song, the resigned attitude that the subjects seem to have to their fate. "They;ll give us a talking to, cause they've got years of experience" and I love how Regina plays on the "US" at the end of the word "Contagious" in a song called "us."
    GeneralDisorderon December 16, 2006   Link

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