I don't know how to fall down the stairs
I don't know how to fall down the stairs
without hurting myself
I don't know how to fall down the stairs
without skinning my knees and bruising my elbows
twisting my ankles and bending my wrists back
and I don't know how to fall down the stairs

I don't know how to fall down the stairs
even if I don't want
I don't know how to fall down the stairs
but something inside me lets go of the banister
tumbling I tumble down towards the corridor
people rush in clasping their mouths real tight
in case of emergency contact my blood type is
AB(x3)

My blood type's AB and AB it'll be for a while(x3)
but I don't know how to fall down the stairs
without breaking the wall
I don't know how to fall down the stairs
without breaking the wall with my fall
I don't know without breaking the wall
cause my head rolls so quickly and with such precision
I can't help but making a big round incision
left near the bookshelf by that book on division
in case of emergency contact my parents, my blood type is
AB(x7)

My blood type's AB and AB it'll be for a while(x5)
My blood type's AB and AB it has been
and AB it'll stay for a while for a while
My blood type's AB and AB it has been
and AB it'll stay for a while for a while
My blood type's AB and AB it has been
and AB it'll stay for a while for a while

My blood type's AB and in case of emergency, smile.


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    General CommentThis is my first song comment wish me luck =).

    To me this song demonstrates a conflict with the main character whether that’s representative of Regina herself or just a construct. The main character wants so badly to just let go and loose control which is represented in the figurative image of "[falling] down the stairs" and "[letting] go of the banister" but finds that she over thinks things which is evident in the fact that she thinks about leaving her blood group AB "in case of emergency contact". This may signify Regina's need to write and perform which involves letting go and expressing her emotions but her finding it difficult due to being to self conscious and to concerned with how other people may react "clasping their mouths real tight". Alternatively it could reflect how the main character has a destructive part of her personality which she feels the desire to express but finds that she doesn’t know how to do so in a productive way "without hurting [herself]" and other people.

    I think there is allot more to this song but I am feeling a little lazy, so people please add some more alternative comments.
    otomeza1991on May 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"cause my head rolls so quickly and with such precision
    I can't help but making a big round incision
    left near the bookshelf by that book on division"

    I love that part.

    I think this song is really adorable. It's so upbeat and weird that I can't help loving it.
    newsies234on February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is such a great song.... i think the stairs are such a great metaphor for anything in anyones life that is bitter sweet. stairs, without them we would be stuck growing out instead of up, but with them there is always risk of getting hurt.
    envirohodgeson April 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti'm agree with envirohodges

    i love this song!!!!!
    i love all regina spektor songs!
    crow_hearton June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes this mean I've finally found someone as clumsy as I am? This sounds just like me!
    quixyon May 01, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe she paranoid and needed everyone to know that her blood type really is AB!
    morikahjoon May 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentohhhh!! I get it now!
    morikahjoon August 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlucky duck; she's the universal recipient.
    mister care-too-muchon January 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'My blood type's AB and in case of emergency, smile.'

    i love that line.
    mister care-too-muchon January 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe piano intro kinda reminds me of dusseldorf
    fruitionon June 30, 2009   Link

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