"Lulliby" as written by and Regina Spektor....
I know that you cannot be
Here
I know that you are not mine
Now
Looking out the window
At another window
I see toenails changing colors
Like the leaves of Fall

If you often smile
But often don't
Smile
Which do you do more often
Smile, or not?
I dreamt a hydrant
Was covered in snow
A white light glowing below...

I know that you cannot be
Here
I know that you are not mine
Now
Looking out the window
At another window
I see toenails changing colors
Like the leaves of Fall


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"Lulliby" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +2
    General Commentthis is a very beautiful song, the only horrible thing about it is how short the damn thing is.
    reverberateson September 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLullaby is spelled Lulliby on the album "Songs"
    dnydnyon July 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've never heard this one, but I like the lyrics.
    teamcrunkedon June 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about someone who lives in a city and misses someone they were with and who has left them for whatever reason, so now they fell lonely.

    "Looking out the window
    At another window
    I see toenails changing colours
    Like the leaves of fall"
    This indicates they live in a city - instead of seeing trees changing colours, they see other houses and people who paint their toenails different colurs now and then.
    doppelkekson October 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment*feel
    *colours
    doppelkekson October 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful piano part
    hab204on February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so, so precious.


    i wonder why it's named 'lullaby' ??
    loveinvincibleon May 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's because the piano sounds like a lulliby that you would play to a child, very calm and soothing.
    Lozelion July 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the song is about someone who lost someone they love, but they both still care about each other.

    The line "If you often smile but often don't smile
    Which do you do more often
    Smile or not?" shows the uncertainty of the other person in the relationship as to whether or not they want to be in the relationship.

    I always interpreted the toenails changing colour as a sign of aging and time passing by, because I've noticed the older people are the yellower their toenails appear. I do find the citylife/nail polish interpretation interesting as well.
    mnemonicrhymeon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this is just a rumination on 'the one that got away' - how s/he can't forget him/her even as time/seasons pass:

    "toenails changing color like the leaves of fall"
    A reference to both the changing of time ("leaves of fall") and personal changes ("toenails" - different colors of nail polish).

    "fire hydrant covered in snow"
    How the seasons change, again - fire hydrant being a metaphor for cool refreshment in summer eventually being covered in winter's snow.

    "Looking out the window at another window" - S/he feels detached from her/himself since being away from this person.
    Slaytonon April 16, 2008   Link

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