"Baobabs" as written by and Regina Spektor....
You have tamed me
Now you must take me
How am I supposed to be?
I don't have my thorns now

And I feel them sprouting
They'll grow right through if I don't watch it
They'll grow through even if I watch it
And a sunset couldn't save me now

These baobabs, and baobabs
And baobabs some more
But you cant out-wait fate

You have tamed me
Now you must take me
T-ta t-t-ta t-t-t-ta

And I wouldn't raise my child inside the city anyway
They grow up too savvy and they grow up too fast.
And they know about buying shit and they know about sex
And they know about investment banking and also about brokerage firms
And the know about the numbers and they know about the words
And they know about the bottom lines and also about stones
And they know about careers and about the real deals
And they all grow up and be come people's people with people skills.

You have tamed
Now you must take me
How am I supposed to be?
I don't have my thorns now

You have tamed me
Now you must take me
How am I supposed to be?
I don't have my thorns


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"Baobabs [*]" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +2
    General Commentthere's a whole other side to this song too.... all of that little prince stuff (brilliant book!) in the context of a relationship between two people. she has changed, been tamed, given up her thorns. now what? she feels defenceless. her walls are down and she is at the mercy of this other person, this great love, and i think the person she has become for this relationship is threatening to take over the real 'her', split her in two. and without her thorns, the world is scary, the city is terrifying, and the whole thing is threatening to overwhelm her and make her (and the children she wants to have) into something she doesn't want to be.
    kylebankon August 30, 2006   Link
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    My OpinionI think this is my favorite Regina song the first time I heard it I remember feeling like my life had changed I have listened to this song over 75 times on my itunes. I've never read The Little Prince but to me this song is about how you meet someone and fallen in love and you lose the the wall that you put up so you become "tamed". now things aren't working out she is saying that now that you have gotten me to let down my walls you have to stay with me. She is thinking that now that she let her guard down what is she suppose to do. Now after a awhile she is saying how she didn't really want to be with him any way but that's a lie
    jojojeton March 04, 2011   Link
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    General Commentits about the book "the little prince" by antoine de saint-exupery. the prince speaks about how he has baobabs on his planet, and if they get too big they will grow straight through his planet and destroy it. the thorns are a reference to the rose which he loves having thorns which cannot protect her from his sheep. also, he speaks about how his planet is so small that the sun sets and rises many times a day, so he only has to move his chair forward a little bit every few minutes to watch the sunset for an entire day.



    you should read the book. its incredible.



    corrections:

    And I wouldnt raise my child inside the city anyway
    They grow up too savvy and they grow up too fast.

    And they know about investment banking and also about brokerage firms

    And they know about careers and about the real deals
    And they all grow up and be come people's people with people skills.


    sweet. its a wonderful song.
    fromthehouseoflordson August 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentkylebank, I think you are right on target. Two more observations that testify to Regina's incredible talent for complex poetic lyrics. For one, Regina is known as a "anti-folk" singer- part of the group that wants to put the raw and real back into the folk scene, which, let's face it, has become jaded and a little smarmy. Well, I think she pays tribute to the Little Prince, but also pokes at it alittle- it is a classic beautiful book, but a touch preachy/saccharine. So she makes the rose's thorns split the rose herself apart-- the meanie baobobs from the book become the rose's thorns, tearing herself apart.

    Also, the line about "a sunset could not save me now"-- that's pretty cynical taken in conjunction with the book- it's a jab at St. Exupery's (the little prince's author) simplistic solutions....

    What do people think?
    Baston September 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell my first thought on it was that the person is talking about how she's gotten into a relationship, let her guard down, has no more thorns.

    A woman who decided she never wanted children but because she has been conditioned into this conventional love/life/family thing from this relationship, her mind is wavering on the thought. She has no thorns left (reasons not to have children, reasons to disagree) - somewhat a fight between a persons feelings and pa past decisions.

    She continues to say "I wouldn't raise my child in the city anyway" ect. all the bad things. But during this period she is unsure of whether or not children are the right choice for her.

    I can see it from many different ways but I guess this is the one I most relate to.
    WriteITon November 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think I got the lyrics right. Its quite tricky to copy down the lyrics at parts. Also, sorry for any typoes. If they bother you extremly Ill change um, but I dont care about them.

    Oh yeah, if I put a question mark inside ()'s or []'s it means Im not sure about the ylrcis.

    Okay, bye bye


    (fyi, I dont know what this is about)
    zoolahon August 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow Le Petite Prince, i read that book in French Class and that never even crossed my mind, thats actually quite clever!

    Its a beautiful song, i have been trying to figure out the baobabs part. i always kinda thought that she was not making up her own words exactly, but just swinging. I cant really describe it.
    Sostakon November 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWow Le Petite Prince, i read that book in French Class and that never even crossed my mind, thats actually quite clever!

    Its a beautiful song, i have been trying to figure out the baobabs part. i always kinda thought that she was not making up her own words exactly, but just swinging. I cant really describe it.
    Sostakon November 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's story The Little Prince, the Little Prince was worried that baobabs (described as "trees as big as castles") would grow on his small asteroid, take up all the space and even split it in pieces.
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    If you are wondering what these trees look like, it is an African tree that Rafiki makes his home out of in the Lion King Animated feature film.
    stwongbad85on March 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAwsome song, and what a wonderful analogy with the story of the book. To me, the baobabs growing out of control mean the city that is threatning to live in and raise your kids in. And, in the beggining the part about taming is perhaps, that she has been tamed by a man...she is in love...and cannot be protected because she has no thorns...(just like the rose in the book)
    Yuyion April 12, 2006   Link

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