"Anti-Pioneer (When the Month Changes Numbers)" as written by and Leslie Feist....
Start with colors
They always get away with attitude
But they'll try to convince you of your mood
And what you want they'll give it to you
But it's only therapy, that's all they do

And for a year she was anti-pioneer
Singing sappy songs
About what went wrong

Two years before, but even now
When the false is true
When I call me you

When the flag changes colors
The language knows
When the month changes numbers
It's time to go
When the flag changes colors

The language knows
When the month changes numbers
It's time to go

Anti-pioneer then
Anti-pioneer then
Anti-pioneer then
Anti-pioneer then

And for a year she was anti-pioneer

They passed her off too late
To change her future's fate
But even now when the false gets true
And living colors seem possible to you

When the flag changes colors
The language knows
When the month changes numbers
It's time to go

When the flag changes colors
The language knows
When the month changes numbers
It's time to go home


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"Anti-Pioneer" as written by Leslie Feist

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  • +1
    Lyric Correctionalbum version 2011! (just titled "anti-pioneer" on the record)

    start with colours
    they always get away with attitude
    but they'll try to convince you of your mood
    and what you want they'll give it to you
    but it's only therapy, that's all they do

    and for a year she was anti-pioneer
    singing sappy songs
    about what went wrong
    two years before, but even now
    when the false is true
    when i call me you

    when the flag changes colours
    the language knows
    when the month changes numbers
    it's time to go
    when the flag changes colours
    the language knows
    when the month changes numbers
    it's time to go

    anti-pioneer then
    anti-pioneer then
    anti-pioneer then
    anti-pioneer then

    and for a year she was anti-pioneer
    they passed her off too late
    to change her future's fate
    but even now when the false gets true
    and living colours seem possible to you

    when the flag changes colours
    the language knows
    when the month changes numbers
    it's time to go

    when the flag changes colours
    the language knows
    when the month changes numbers
    it's time to go home
    Havenspearon September 25, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationA very depressed woman who gave up. Pioneers are creators, explorers. She gave up on moving foward and just stayed stagnant.
    kalloweenon October 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJesusGod, I wish this song was on The Reminder.
    mad_world87on March 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, i'm in love with this song.
    hustleroseon May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe version I listened had some extra lines:

    for a year she's anti-pioneer.
    singing saddest songs
    about what went wrong.
    two years ago and even now
    there's a false with true
    that I call gone near you (not sure)

    all I do ohh...
    svaboddaon April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere was it released, who wrote this one, if feist why such a song hasn't appear in any of her albums?
    svaboddaon April 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank Feist for recording this...The string section made the song much more emotional...I love it! But i felt a lack of the guitar,it was more proeminent on the early versions...
    GaldinoGaldinoon October 01, 2011   Link
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    General Commentlol I wish more people had a go at the song meaning instead of just telling us they love it! Anyway.
    I am really not sure what this one is about, seems maybe a woman who is in therapy after a break up?
    josie164on February 14, 2012   Link
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    General CommentFlags represent countries and to change the color of a flag would mean another country has conqured and divided, perhaps through war via storming borders and such. Usually, along border towns where there are two different languages, each contribues to the other to form a "hybrid" language, or mix of both. When a nation is conqured, the language may change. That is historical, at least and is much of the conqurers strategy; to deny the people of their religion (Julian/Gregorian calander?) and rid them of their native tongue.

    Therapy could be thought to mean a rahabilitation as in the "colors" that represent the nation are symbols that represent the nations voice and how the voice (leader) will often promise the people prosperity ect which are absolute lies, only inteded to change the "mood" of the people.

    The anti-pioneer would be someone who cares not to participate in storming borders and are more like an isolationist country. On second thought, it could also mean the people are not willing to pioneer into new territory though they are being stormed. Interesting song!
    driftingdreameron June 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt's the seeming inevitability of relationships: the ebb and flow, and finally the eclipse. It's the narrator speaking about intuition, those feelings that are associated with the recognition that there are seasons in life and the changing of the seasons are difficult, but inevitable.
    bernlin2000on February 03, 2013   Link

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