Got me a pair of dreary eyes
Pale colour blue upon pale colour white
Sometimes they cry
Sometimes they dry
Pale colour blue upon pale colour white
Got me a pair of dreary eyes
And they tell no lies, oh

I got me some lips but they taste no sweet
I got me some lips but they taste no sweet
They're as dry as the old concrete
Beaten up New York street
And they taste no sweet
They taste no sweet

If only my baby would come back home to me
Oh, if only my baby would come back home to me
I would go to sleep with
Sugar on my tongue
I would go to sleep with
Sweetness in my lungs
I would go to sleep
Wrapped inside his skin
And I don't care what they say
But it ain't no sin
Oh, it ain't no sin
It ain't no sin

So, me and Poseidon, we been hanging around the water hole, and he says to me, he says
"Regina"
"Regina, I got no authority no more
No one waits to hear the sound of my flip-flops by the door
And all my little fish
Have gone to war"
So I says to him, I says
"Poseidon, dear
You're better off than me, I hear
'Cause I been taking all the wrong buses everywhere
Wrong buses, they lead me to wrong stops
Wrong stops, they lead me to wrong people
Wrong people, they take me nowhere fast"
So he says to me, he says
"Going nowhere fast"
Just 'cause he didn't want me speaking last
And I didn't think that was real polite

And he whips out his cigarettes and asks me for a light
And I say "no," and he says, "oh, baby"
And I say "no," and he says, "oh, baby"
And I say "no," and he says, "oh, baby"
And then he just doesn't speak
So we just sit there and stare
Finally he says, he says, "oh, hell"
And I try not to wince at his fishy smell
'Cause I didn't think that that was real polite
And he whips out his cigarettes and asks me for a light
And I say "no," and he says, "oh, baby"
And I say "no," and he says, "oh, baby"
And I say "no," and he says, "oh, baby"
And then he just, he just doesn't speak

Got me a pair of dreary eyes
Pale colour blue upon pale colour white
Sometimes they cry
Sometimes they dry
Pale colour blue like the dingy sky
Pale colour blue, pale colour blue
Pale colour blue upon pale colour white


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One-String Blues song meanings
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    General Commentthis song has a really nice groove to it, if you can find it - give it a listen. Another loverly song by Ms. Spektor.
    PrichardDJamson November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHer voice is incredible in this song. And I love the whole Poseidon part
    HaverchuckTheStudon November 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti was obsessed with this song for some time. i like how it has, like, a talking interlude haha it's so fun to sing along with that part. Regin-AH! Regina, I-ainnt go' nawww-thaariteeee-eenny-moooorre. lol

    anyway, don't ask me what this song's about. maybe Poseidon has significance to her baby's leaving, maybe not. She's just generally washed-up in this song, her man left her, and every night she wishes he'd come back, and she's taken all the wrong "buses" (made all the wrong decisions, obviously). that's why her eyes are dreary and pale. she's tired...

    my mom had a good point about how she tends to dabble in a genre in a way that's terribly cliche, but still has a quality that's present in all of her songs, and i thought, "crazy brilliant vocals and lyrics, perhaps?". but she compared Regina to Weird Al Yankovic -HEAR ME OUT!- because Regina imitates musical styles, but has that lighter vibe to her music (the common thread) than the people who are singular to that genre. My mom said it was like Regina was spoofing the genre, but it's too serious to be funny.
    But that's all got on the whole "song meaning" thing. it's a Regina Blues song. Enjoy. :-P
    jazzy06792on July 01, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti laught so much xDD this song is so fun :) i love it.

    i love when she sing: i says no and he says , oh baby
    Feliponshon November 29, 2009   Link

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