I could’ve settled down in Paris
But the man who came for me
Took me by the hand
And said it was time to leave
Margaret atwood, she could not stop him
Virginia woolf, she could not stop him
The truth is I wanted to go
He is all I know, he is all I know…

I got back home from Paris
And he told me what I’d done was wrong
And though his speech was rather long
I listened like an obedient child
The light was coming in through the windows
It was a most familiar type of night
How I loved every streetlight
And I wanted him to kiss me

Margaret atwood, she could not stop me
Virginia woolf, she could not stop me
The truth is I wanted to go
He is all I know, he is all I know…

Sweet, sweet forever
I’ll comfort myself in my next life…

He told me that he couldn’t live without me
And I told him the same thing too
And though we knew it wasn’t true
We both knew it wasn’t a lie
The light was coming in through the window
It was a most familiar type of night
How I loved every streetlight
And I wanted him to kiss me

Margaret atwood, she could not stop me
Virginia woolf, she could not stop me
The truth is I wanted to go
He is all I know, he is all I know…

Sweet, sweet forever
I’ll comfort myself in my next life…


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    General CommentPerhaps it's about a woman who wanted to travel the world and then settle in Paris, but because of her commitment to this man, she had to defer her fulfillment to her next life.
    chabocinnamonon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere are two obvious things to take into consideration. She cites two authors: Virginia Woolf and Margaret Atwood. Both were feminist writers. I have no idea about Atwood, but despite marrying a Jew Woolf was criticised as being anti-semitic (bearing in mind Regina's Jewish descent).

    There is a possible hint of the obvious, that she is singing about a woman with feminist ideals who would rather not break free as she cares too deeply for the man she's with. This could be reflected in the line
    "He told me that he couldn’t live without me
    And I told him the same thing too
    And though we knew it wasn’t true
    We both knew it wasn’t a lie"
    Perhaps she is implying that they love each other too much to be apart, but there is a chauvinist attitude that she is dependent on a man (the lie).

    There are also certain religious connotations I could read into her talk of the afterlife. There are complaints amongst certain Jewish sects of being rather restricting of their women, and perhaps she is alluding to wanting to stick with her traditions and religion despite Woolf's writings of the oppression women suffer. She is tempted by feminism, but again, Woolf and Atwood can't stop her from remaining religious - she'll be rewarded or "comforted" in the next life.
    PerpetualBurnon June 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWolfe (i'm not sure about Atwood) hung out in Paris in an artists' commune sort of thing and I think this woman wanted to go there. She made it to Paris but when he man came to take her back it didn't matter what the writers had told her about feminism, she WANTED to be a house wife. She wanted a little adventure, but that would have to wait for her next life, because in this life she had already chosen her position.
    philaphobicon March 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo me it speaks about a woman,
    with some feminist thoughts, perhaps,
    that wanted to 'settle down'.
    Until a man came and changed everything,
    and even though it went against her values,
    'Margaret atwood, she could not stop me
    Virginia Woolf, she could not stop me'
    she still wanted to go along.

    'Sweet, sweet forever
    I'll comfort myself in my next life'

    Maybe in her next life, she'll fulfill
    her feminist views.
    Meanwhile, she'll enjoy the ride.
    :)
    howonderfulifeison July 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great, gotta love regina
    WriterOfFictionson February 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome & makes me want to sing :)
    eleven24elevenon May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a woman who is a feminist, but her husband expects her to fill a more traditional role and she obliges because she loves him and he's all she knows.

    I find the imagery in this song to be really, really romantic.
    MissAmbson February 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think that when she says 'he's all i know' she means that she doesn't know anything else and she wants to have an adventure.

    this song is simply beautiful, i love when she says 'and though we knew it wasn’t true we both knew it wasn’t a lie...
    millymillymillyon March 18, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationMy interp:

    This song is ambiguous. There are hints that it is about a woman giving her loving, joyous submission to her love, despite her feminist ideals, and there are hints that it's about a woman deluding herself that she loves a man and would do anything for him, and not realizing what she's really giving up. Each person can decide their own interpretation. I certainly hope it's the first one.
    LeighSabioon October 30, 2010   Link

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