"Left Hand Song" as written by and Regina Spektor....
Too much time spent trying to crawl into a hole
Trying to crawl out of that hole

I followed a path of a piece of a bread, traveling
From one little sparrow's beak
To another little sparrow's beak

He picked it up, threw it and then dropped it, then
This other one picked it up and threw it and again
Then they broke it into pieces
Ate it up and forgot that it ever existed

They were still hungry, I bet
They were still hungry at the end

I was inside my office at the time
And I got real scared
Thought I saw two snakes slithering
Then I remembered:
Snakes don't live in carpeted areas

Too much time spent
And I'm spent

There is an old meatball wrapped inside of tinfoil
Lying on the bottom shelf of our fridge
A lesson in how fleeting preservation is...


Lyrics submitted by adamanteve

Left Hand Song song meanings
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    General CommentI like this song. It's creepy and weird, but I love it.

    I guess it's about trying to survive and protect yourself. At the beginning, she talks about how people crawl into holes to protect themselves and then spend the rest of their time trying to get back out again because life inside a hole isn't much of a life.

    The birds then fight over this one little crumb that ends up not satisfying them, which I guess relates to the beginning. The life of safety isn't satisfying and isn't worth the work it took to get.

    The part about the office is about how people hide from imaginary fears. There is no reason to fear snakes in the carpet of an office because they simply won't be there. It's a waste of time to worry about them.

    The meatball, then, is rotten and gross, which shows that a life of being preserved amounts to nothing worthwhile.

    Thoughts?
    newsies234on February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI always thought this song was about food and how it rottens quickly. You need to eat your food fast like the sparrows or else it will go bad. Eat it before there's too much time spent!

    "There is an old meatball wrapped inside of tinfoil
    Lying on the bottom shelf of our fridge
    A lesson in how fleeting preservation is... "
    moramoraon May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFunny story that turned into a "ah-ha!" moment for this song.

    Yesterday I bought an Izze Sparkling Blackberry drink (I dunno if any of you have heard of it, but it's my favorite and it comes in a glass bottle). Anyway, I hadn't had one in a long time so I was sooooo excited to drink it! I saved it for when I got home so that I could have it with dinner. I cooked my dinner still without drinking it, and finally went to eat/drink and BAM I knocked it on the floor and it shattered!!!! I wanted to cry (it was just one of those long frustrating days and that was my "reward").

    In case you can't guess where this is going now (hehe) all I could think was "a lesson in how fleeting preservation is". I.e. what's the point of "preserving" things when lots of times the preservation doesn't even last (like the old meatball in tinfoil- I imagine it to be all moldy and old now, but at the time I'm sure someone was like "mmm! save that for later!). So it kind of made me start thinking of this song as an "enjoy things now while you can't, don't wait for later since it's not even promised to us!"

    That's my 2 cents. :D
    britcheson October 08, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey wanted a shorter title and she composed the song just with her left hand
    xXmandamoeXxon October 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti am in total agreement! you followed my thought exactly... isnt regina amazing!
    envirohodgeson April 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonce again, i am absolutely speechless at regina's amazingness.
    satirecafeon October 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen she says "yeah, yeah, yeah" in the last verse, does anybody else notice a slight similarity to the Beatles singing "yeah, yeah, yeah" in "She Loves You"? I know that Regina every now and then will incorporate other songs within her songs (ex. BYOS and "My Favorite Things", Raindrops, Daniel Cowman and "Strangers in the Night", etc.) and I was just wondering if I was nuts to see a similarity there.....
    cheers!
    PrichardDJamson March 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentQuestion: why is the title Left Hand Song now? Just curious. :D Thanks!
    britcheson October 08, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally? i LOVE the violin part! joshua bell is a ledgend (and it adds to the effect of the song).
    finalier25on January 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfrom where is this song???
    coz it is not an album song!!
    Chrispektoron October 16, 2010   Link

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