it's surprising how little things we lose
I was walking through the streets of soho
looking for a diamond ring
but I didn't find a thing
not a necklace, not a bracelet
not a shoelace, not an old friend
not a new friend in the faces of the crowd

and the streets were paved with cigarette butts...

it's surprising how little's on the ground
considering we walk around
and lose and lose what's never found
someone has got to be the one
to find the long lost answers
banana peels and orange rinds

but we suck on our cigarettes
as if one day they will save us
as if one day they'll return a favor
as if one day they will crave us...

it's surprising how little things we know
I was walking through my mindscape
and I didn't find a thing
it's surprising how little things we know
I was walking through my mind's streets
red light stop and green light go
and I didn't get run over

but we suck on our cigarettes
as if one day they will save us
as if one day they'll return a favor
as if one day they will crave us...


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    General CommentThis song is lonley. It's about feeling lost from humanity, only connected through the places we all walk, the cigarettes we all desperately suck, the things we all lose and never find. We only find banana peels and orange rinds from strangers on streets, everything meaningful is used up like nicotine; dissapears and we're desperate to find something more. It's about how desolate life seems when you're alone and all you have to remind yourself that others live on the empty streets you walk on late at night, and are lost as you are, just at different times, taking different steps, are the cigarette butts you all dispose of and the unedible parts of what feed our lives. --Like the leftovers of human existence, and all we have left to see and think of when everything is desolate.
    The title has a lot of significance and fits the song perfectly. She talks about in the song walking streets and Soho is a southwestern district in Manhattan that she could be referring to, considering she's a New Yorker. Soho is also a district in London, where the streets are paved with cigarette butts just the same, giving the song underlying messages of the universality of the lost condition of humanity. Also, Soho is a word used in calling from a distant place. The feeling of the song protrays feeling a distance from the rest of civilization, only connected through the lost feeling shared, but only noticed when you're around and walking on the ground you all walk on, looking at what's left. Otherwise the lostness goes unacknowledged, like it can't be heard from the distant we all are at from one another.

    "it's surprising how little things we know
    I was walking through my mindscape
    and I didn't find a thing
    it's surprising how little things we know
    I was walking through my mind's streets
    red light stop and green light go
    and I didn't get run over"
    A lot of the song especially where she says "it's surprising..." gives the vibe of curiosity and learning. As we're always feeling and experiencing in our lives, especially when we're alone and there's nothing left to do but learn and wonder. She uses a similie for the empty streets she walks on and the emptiness of her mind; the vaccant, leftover and meaning-searching streets of the city, the lost, vaccant, thoughtless pathways in her mind.

    I love the piano in this song and the lyrics say so much to me. It touches me so personally in so many ways. I could listen to the words she sings about the unifying desperation and desire for meaning the world feels, together, but so solitarily at the same time, over and over again.
    love_is_freeon May 29, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe "Oh oh, Regina!" part at the end is identical to the chorus of the Sugarcubes song "Regina". Does any one know which came first?

    Great song, by the way.
    greenteaon December 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the Sugarcubes song came first, Regina's said in a few places that she loves Bjork's music so maybe it's like a tribute to that

    It's such an amazing song, I'm seriously addicted to it. Especcially the lines "and we suck on our cigarrettes, as if one day they will save us...." amazing stuff, per usual.
    shobhna_guerinon January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"as if one day they will crave us"

    Fantastic.
    newsies234on February 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe sugarcubes one definitely came first because they broke up in 1992. great song =)
    satirecafeon April 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut where can I find these songs?
    There are a lot of Regina's I don't have....
    MartaMeion September 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI got a chance to hear this song on Youtube! and I was so happy !!! I LOVE this song!! All of Regina's songs are awesome!! I like how she says "shoelace"!
    morikahjoon September 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti was reading on imdb that regina spektor appeared in a movie called "winning girls through psychic mind control" which i think was an independent film made in 2002 somewhere in nyc and apparently she was the "girl who lost her ring." which i just think is funny cause she says...

    "it's surprising how little things we lose
    I was walking through the streets of soho
    looking for a diamond ring
    but I didn't find a thing"

    i just like when you become infatuated with an artist and learn these little quirky facts about them cause then i feel like there's an inside joke you share. even though there isnt :D , but it's like, how many people would listen to this and think oh hey, she was in that movie blah blah blah... idk i get a tad carried away sometimes :) sorry if that made no sense :D

    morganic22on May 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentwonder why she says re-gee-na rather than regina
    morganic22on May 23, 2009   Link

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