"The Hat" as written by and Ingrid Michaelson....
I knitted you a hat all blue and gold
To keep your ears warm from the Binghamton cold.
It was my first one and it was too small.
It didn't fit you at all, but you wore it just the same.

I remember the first time we danced.
I remember tunneling through the snow like ants.
What I don't recall is why I said,
"I simply can't sleep in this tiny bed with you anymore.".

I should tell you that you were my first love.

So it's Christmas time, it's been three years.
And someone else is knitting things for your ears.

I have come to learn I'll only see you interrupting my dreams at night
And that's alright. And that's alright. And that's alright. And that's alright.

I should tell you that you were my first love.

And it's alright. And it's alright. And it's alright.

(And it's alright.) We were seventeen again together.
(And it's alright.) We were seventeen again together.
(And it's alright.) We were seventeen again together.

I should tell you that you were my first love.
I should tell you that you were my first love.

We were seventeen again.
We were seventeen again.
We were seventeen again.


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    General CommentPretty straight forward. On my own personal note :), this is also how I feel about my first real girlfriend. She was amazing, I was in love, she wasn't, I still don't know why, but I don't care anymore because "that's alright".

    Ingrid you do narrate lives.
    bendingsilverspoonson March 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRecently I found the program I used to download music while I was in college. The program had since been shut down, the songs wouldn't play. All I was left with was a list of the music that took me through college. Anyways. I went though hundreds of song titles, finally coming to this one. I take comfort in this song, it reminds me of my first boyfriend obviously. We were together for five years. We started dating in high school and grew up together. Once at college, we slept tangled up in each other in my tiny twin sized bed. He was perfect, I can't recall one time he was mean to me. Yet it ended. He will always be my first love, and I do always think about him at Christmastime...
    myownmeaningon July 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! it's bittersweet and perfectly describes the place i'm at right now when it comes to an old relationship.
    diamondskyon July 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentingrid writes with a bittersweet, melancholy air to her words, channeling perfectly the moods and remembrances of a love lost.

    the hand chimes accent perfectly the second verse, lending a holiday spirit, as well as punctuating ingrid's constant vocal switches.
    perry328on October 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyou know, this was the first song of hers I was introduced to. very beautiful and i'm sure most can relate.
    music or the miseryon December 10, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmy favorit off her cd! odd, it seems like alot of songs I've been listening to reference being 17...
    ChloeGirldieon February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is exactly how I feel about my first real boyfriend. He was great, and he was my first love, and I'm not sure why it ended, but it's alright. I don't miss him, but I'll never forget him, either.
    setsunamudou732on February 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is dsjhfkdsf great.
    It should have 50 more comments.
    xxmodernloveon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat I don't recall is why I said,
    "I simply can't sleep in this tiny bed with you anymore.".

    it's like she's saying it was so innocent and perfect but i have no idea why i thought to end it.

    and the 'i should tell you that you were my first love. we're seventeen again'
    makes me think she never said it at the time but she's taking him back to say it now.
    not wanting to be back there, but not wanting to never have said it either.

    its awesome.
    -Amz-on May 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I just went to my 10 year high school reunion, and saw a guy that I always, always liked, but never told.

    "I should tell you that you were my first love..."

    All the regret mixed in with nostalgia and wishfulness. A perfect mix.
    mandamarieon October 07, 2008   Link

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