"Mockingbird" as written by and Regina Spektor....
Hush, little baby, don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird
And if that mockingbird don't mock real well, well, then
Papa's gonna buy you a freedom bell
Oh, and if that freedom bell don't ring
Papa's gonna buy you a cubic zirconia ring
Oh, and if that cubic zirconia ring don't shine
You're gonna give your papa a real hard time
Now ain't you?
Ain't you, baby, ain't you?

And if that real hard time don't pass
Papa's gonna get wrinkles all upon his face
And then he'll blend in with all the other papas then
Screw the whole mockingbird situation, we can't even afford a medical plan
Now can we?
Oh, baby, now can we?
Mmm-mm, no.
This song won't do. Let's start this over.
Let's start this over.

Hush, little baby, here comes the sandman
Papa's gonna buy you a medical plan
Oh, and if that medical plan don't cover your ass
Papa's gonna buy you a pregnancy test
And if that pregnancy test comes out positive
Well then, girl, I don't know how the hell we're gonna live
Maybe on your bright ideas
Maybe on cigarette butts
Maybe on bubblegum wrappers
Maybe on penalty shots

Ohhh, oh-woo-woo-woo-woo
Woo-woo-woo-woo, woo-woo-woo-wooooo-wo-o
Woooo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woo-woooo
Wooo-woo-woo-woo-woooo

Hush, little baby, don't you cry
You know to you your papa would never, ever lie
Oh, hush while I sing to you this crude little lullaby
And I'll get you all that shit one day
One by one, by and by
But in the meanwhile
In the mean-mean
In the mean-mean-mean-mean-mean-mean-meanwhile

Hush, little baby, don't say a word
Papa's gonna buy you a mockingbird
Oh, and if that mockingbird don't sing
Papa's gonna buy you a diamond ring
A real diamond
No cubic nothing
Like in the movies
With that... what's her name... Monroe... Marilyn
A real, a real diamond
Hush, hush
A real, a real diamond
Hush, hush
A real, a real diamond
Hush, hush
Hush, hush, hush, hush
A real, a real, a real diamond
Hush, hush, hush, hush, hush, hush, hush, huuush
Ha-hawawawush
Haaush up hush hushh

Shh...


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"Mockingbird" as written by Regina Spektor

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    General Commentabsolutely amazing.
    looizon September 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhy is Regina so awesome?
    Love-ologyon November 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShe just is. Love her to bits.
    sammalon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentShe just is. Love her to bits.
    sammalon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about a dysfunctional family, or maybe she thinks minimum wage should be raised, or both.
    satirecafeon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's frightening.

    Speculation: a father trying to comfort his daughter, whom he might be abusing. If that were the case, the parts about what he'll buy might be his way of trying to buy her forgiveness. At the same time, he seems to be blaming her for the problem.

    That's just my idea...
    chabocinnamonon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's about abuse. I think it's just a father who realizes the reality of his situation. He can't afford all the nice things he'd like to give his daughter. At first, he tries to pretend that he can, but gets fed up with it and gets bitter and "crude." He then regains his hope and can comfort his daughter with promises of a better future full of the luxuries he wants for her.

    But that's just another opinion.

    In other news, I could not possibly love Regina more than I do right now. I listened to this song for the first time five minutes ago and have come to the conclusion that it is ridiculous how amazing she is.

    And the contrast between her beautiful voice and the harsh reality of the song is amazing.
    newsies234on February 23, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"And if that pregnancy test comes out positive,
    then girl i don't know how the hell we're going to live.
    Maybe on your bright ideas," - amazing line!!
    satirecafeon April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI never thought that the father was singing directly to his daughter; I felt this was more of a look into his head. I got the impression that this character is a kind father, who does his best to support and comfort his daughter. The line "what's her name? Monroe, Marilyn" is what endeared this man to me. He doesn't think he's exactly World's Greatest Dad material, doesn't exactly know how to be, feels guilty because of his deficit of cash. It feels like Regina is saying, "He tries, he really does, to be someone his daughter can depend on and admire, but he's living on minimum wage, can't afford to buy her the latest things, can't remember the names of the celebrities who inhabit the posters on her wall."

    But he's obviously frustrated and downtrodden (and has a sense of humor), and these are his tongue-in-cheek thoughts. That's what I got from it.
    just_old_lighton July 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is great and real!! kinda funny at times too! and then sad
    morikahjoon February 22, 2008   Link

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