"December" as written by and Regina Spektor....
December starts on Sunday
Next Sunday, won't you feel happier then?
Turn your room upside down,
Turn your down upside...
Rumors have started that you are in love again,
Rumors that are completely unsubstantiated..

Come on and say you're sorry,
Real sorry for the trouble that you caused,
Can't you see all this love...?
Can't you see all this love......?

Come on and say you're sorry,
Real sorry for the trouble that you caused
Can't you see all this love?
Can't you see all this love?

We are not evacuating this house,
We don't believe in you and your wrecking crew.

We are not evacuating this house,
We don't believe in you and your wrecking crew.

We don't believe in you and your wrecking crew

We don't believe in you
We don't believe in you,
We don't believe in you
We don't believe in you,
We don't believe in you...
We don't believe in you.


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"December" as written by Regina Spektor

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    General CommentI think it might be about God... God and someone, a human, or very many of them, are conversing, and the human/s is/are saying that they don't believe in God. I don't understand much of the first verse, except that she mentions Sunday, and "rumours that are completely unsubstantiated" might mean athiests who claim that there's no proof of God's existence.

    The second verse is God trying to talk to the human. He's telling the human and all of human race to apologize for all the war and hate they brought to the world, along with all the sin and stuff. He's asking how they don't see all his love for them and the world.

    The last verse should be pretty clear given this explanation. The humans are talking again, and they're saying that they're not giving up their standpoint that God doesn't exist. They don't believe in him and his power.

    I do like this song. It's got really interesting lyrics. I'm an athiest though, and I don't believe in God and his wrecking crew, either. :)
    SoakedinMercuryon July 17, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is beautiful, then again..what song of her's isn't beautiful?
    loveleftneverkepton January 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI didn't like this the first time I heard it, but I really like it now that I've listened to it more and now that I've really paid attention to the lyrics.
    teamcrunkedon June 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the breaking up of marriage. The nastiness of divorce.
    icarusisfalling1on March 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commenticarus, I think you are completely right. I love this song
    Yuyion April 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with icarus, at least in that it's about some form of bitter seperation...
    my favorite part is the first round of
    "come on and say you're sorry
    real sorry for the trouble that you caused
    can't you see all this love?
    can't you see all this love?"
    i love how it starts out with her almost asking for someone to be genuinely sorry, and then by the second time she asks "can't you see all this love?" it is angry, as if asking to know why the relationship is over.
    stealthysockon May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree that its about a bitter seperation, but the feeling that the singer does not want to seperete, like some kind of determination.

    "We are not evacuatin' this 'ouse,
    we dont believe in you and your wreking crew"

    I believe the house is a metaphor, and the wrecking crew to be a metaphor for the devices(such as an affair) used by the other person in the relationship to destroy it.

    its just like the singers saying "You cant destroy my love, because deeply, deep down, i know you dont want this".

    The "we dont believe in you" makes me think that maybe this is a divorce, a family belief? maybe. . .
    fitzgeraldon June 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow, soakedinmercury.. original. Beautiful ideas!

    Not sure I naturally agree, although it's convincing. It's a song of painful faith, at least.. If the Sabbath is the depths of winter, that suggests a profound bleakness attached to spirituality, maybe newfound atheism. To lose your religion would 'turn your down upside' - cause your darkness to surface. To find you have fallen out of love with the Creator is painfully captured in those lines about rumours of romance, where any playful tone is overtly and deliberately disowned by the singer.

    'Come on and say'; an unapologetic confession? Spektor's voice is unusually apathetic as she sings, over and over, 'can you see all thise love?'.

    The final verse baffles me. Why does she start singing like a ruddy old Cockney? Is that how we sound to God, when we cling on to our houses in the face of 'You and Your wrecking crew'?
    _ellieon August 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCORRECTION...

    it's not...
    turn your room upside down
    turn your down upside

    it is...
    turn your frown upside down
    turn your down upside
    sandcastles123on December 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about divorce, also.

    I think the very first lines are someone talking to one of the people involved in the divorce, trying to cheer him/her up, but the song is in the voice of that person beginning with "rumors." The lines about the rumors interrupt the previous ones, like the person can't even think about being happier with all these rumors about his/her ex-spouse being in love again. I think saying that they are completely unsubstantiated is more hopeful than certain.

    In the next verse, the person wants his/her ex to be sorry for all the pain this divorce has caused, making it sound like he/she was the one who wanted a divorce and not the narrator. The narrator is still in love and wants, at the very least, acknowledgement from his/her ex that mistakes were made.

    I agree with fitzgerald that the house is metaphorical, but I think it's metaphorical to the narrator. I think he/she doesn't want to give up the house that he/she lived in with his/her (I really wish English had a gender-neutral pronoun. I know it's technically 'he,' but it really doesn't work.) spouse because it represents the life they shared. When he/she says that he/she doesn't believe in "you and your wrecking crew," I think it's a desperate, stubborn denial of what is happening. I think the wrecking crew is a metaphor for the lawyers, maybe, or other people involved in the divorce. He/she does not want to accept that what they had is done, but there's not really much he/she can do besides cling to the house, trying to pretend that everything will just go away.

    And I also have no idea why she suddenly uses an accent in the final verse, but I don't think I'd like her half as well if I understood all the whys in her songs. Anyway, it's that accent that makes the final verse my favorite.
    newsies234on March 04, 2007   Link

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