"Small Town Moon" as written by and Regina Spektor....
I must've lived a thousand times
But every day begins the same
'Cause there's a small town in my mind
How can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?
How can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?

Oh, baby, baby, it's all about the moon
I wish you wouldn't have broken my camera
'Cause we're gonna get real old real soon
Today we're younger than we ever gonna be
Today we're younger than we ever gonna be
Woo!
Today we're younger than we ever gonna be

Stop, stop, what's the hurry?
Come on, baby, don't you worry, worry
Everybody not so nice, nice
Everybody not so nice, nice
Stop, stop, what's the hurry?
Come on, baby, don't you worry, worry
Everybody not so nice, nice
Everybody not so nice, nice

Thought you ought to know by now
I thought you ought to know by now
Everybody not so nice, nice
Everybody not so nice, nice

Oh, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby
Baby, baby, baby, baby it's all about the moon
I must've lived a thousand times
But there's a small town in my mind
How can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?
How can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?
Woo!
How can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?
Oh, how can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?
Oh oh!
How can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?
Oh
How can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?


Lyrics submitted by lemonjuice, edited by tman2nd

"Small Town Moon" as written by Regina Spektor

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Small Town Moon song meanings
Add your thoughts

14 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +4
    My InterpretationThe second time I heard this song the words and their meanings started to fall into place.

    My interpretation is that the singer is using a small town as a metaphor for her "life." It is true she states that her mind is like a small town, but I took it a step further and connected the dots that if you are no longer alive to think, you've got no mind left. You could also read into this and say that she is referring to a state of mental instability or a breakdown, insanity etc... I just took it to mean her life.

    When she speaks about leaving the small town I see it as a reference to suicide. She is thinking that she wants to escape the pain she later references: "Everybody not so nice, nice / Everybody not so nice, nice" - almost as if to say: 'There is no one that is nice to me / who loves me'

    Connecting this thought to the line that precedes it: "I thought you ought to know by now" - I read it to be Regina (or whoever is singing) talking to herself. She is reiterating the "I must have lived a thousand times" line, saying in effect - 'Why haven't you figured it out yet? Every day is the same. Everyone is not so nice.' And she is in the conflict of wanting to escape the pain without hurting the ones that made her.

    The ones who "made her" could either refer to her parents, or it could be a more general reference to the society that formed her (the not so nice people) through her life experiences. If you believe it's the former, it's pretty self explanatory - she doesn't want to hurt her family with a suicide. If you believe it's the latter, it opens up another allegorical door- namely that she may be trying to live up to the expectations of those she lives around (who are not so nice.)

    When she states "Oh baby it's all about the moon" I read that to mean that she prefers the night - the end of the day - as opposed to the beginning, where "every day begins the same." Why prefer the night? Because she is away from those who hurt her, she's alone, she's with herself. Perhaps the only person she can trust? I'm reading in a lot there, but just some food for thought.

    The bit about the camera being broken. I read it to be that Regina is suggesting the singer is young, innocent, naive. It reminds me of my teenage years in high school where everything seemed to be life or death, a breakup was the end of the world etc... Now that I'm older I have the wisdom to realize there is more than just this moment and there is a future to look forward to. In this case, the camera is broken, the singer can't capture that moment in her youth, and soon she will be older. Hopefully she will live long enough to recognize that life changes and things get better.

    Hope you liked the interpretation - hope it was at least a bit helpful!
    God bless,
    - Antoon
    soulmiston June 24, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentHaving grown up in a small town this song kills me.

    I think this song is about a young adult that maybe went to college, or left home after high school. No matter how much they try to get away, they still end up thinking about home and eventually end up coming back. I feel like the speaker is trying to rationalize leaving by saying they are young and need to experience adventures, but others in town are saying that there's no rush to leave home, and that people out in the world aren't nice like the folks they grew up with and know.

    The final plea, "how can I leave without hurting everyone that made me?" is so tragic. They can't experience personal growth in the small confines of their town, but they know if they try and move on, they are upsetting and letting down all the people that have helped shaped them in their life. It's just so beautiful to see Regina write this story of all the feelings of growing up and moving on from their unimportant little town existence. I can completely relate.
    laurenh141on July 21, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song kills me. It is absolutely perfect.

    "Today we're younger than we're ever gonna be," is such a simple, beautiful statement, but the other lines -- "I wish you would'nt've have broke my camera," for one, also create such a strong sense of place.

    Does this song make anybody else cry too?
    porcupinegloveson March 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationFrom the first listen, my impression has remained to be that of kids moving away from their parents' house. The lyrics definitely reminded me of "She's Leaving Home" by The Beatles. Just my take on it without getting elaborate.
    BeachCruison July 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationRepetition. Equality and Parallelism are all influenced in this song.
    The narrator wakes up the same way thinking of a small town. Small towns tend to live life slowly, they tend to generally be the same and have less commotion. The narrator is at peace when thinking about the small town. I feel this person is leaving the small town going with someone dear because she/he is growing up and wants to see another side of the world. But she/he fears she/he'll be hurting everyone who she/he has grown up with. Everyone who loves the person the most. (I like to think it's a girl)
    I think the next part is somewhere when shes speaking to the person that is taking this journey with her. There is a transition between her stand, I feel like she has moved on a little bit to focusing on where she is going.
    She tells the person." Baby it's all about the moon" meaning the moon stays the same no matter where you are. It is the same moon that hovers above the small town to where she is now. She wants to take a picture of it, or of the place where she is but her companion broke her camera. Her companion doesn't want her to think of her small town but to live.
    She tells her companion that she's getting old and she wants to remember where she's been because it wont be the same tomorrow like in her small town. Her companion tells her to just live her life because she's younger now then she'll ever be before and to have fun.
    Stop whats the hurry is her telling her companion to relax to take time on him/herself like in the small town and not to worry. Everyones not so nice in this new place but it is the movement and the way of life in this town.
    monkeykl40on November 17, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a beautiful song. she played it tonight and it seriously was so incredible. i'm not sure about the whol "everybody's not so nice" part... but the rest reminds me of getting out of a small town to go to a bigger city. it's scary to leave everything you know behind, especially when you're from a small town. i am and when i left it felt like i was leaving my own little world and rejoining with the rest of the world. those people were like family to me, knew me from birth... i suppose you could say they had a part in making me who i am. i don't know if that's way off...but it's a thought. anyone care to add??
    yournamehereon July 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It's becme like an obsession of mine. I love how she sings it in broken English like the part "i wish you wouldn't have broke my camera". it gives a sort of innocence to the song. So beautiful :)
    shobhna_guerinon January 15, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIn answer to yournamehere: the small town she sings of sounds like a typical friendly, tightly-knit community in a small town. Outside, in the big cities, the "real" world, everybody's not so nice.
    just_old_lighton April 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm just thinking... maybe I'm a little off-base here, but does anyone see the connection between this song and It's A Wonderful Life? George Baily can't leave his small town without hurting everyone, so he's stuck there forever. He's always trying "must have left a thousand times"

    He wants to lasso the moon for his girlfriend... "small town moon"

    "Don't you worry"-- don't worry about the money...

    what do people think? maybe it's just me...
    listentothemusic_1on December 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentto listentothemusic 1:
    yeah i totally see that! he wants to leave his life, but he can't without "hurting everyone who made me"
    and the whole moon thing makes sense too.
    flamingo304on February 07, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain