"1234" as written by and Ben / Ely....
One, two, three, four
Tell me that you love me more
Sleepless long nights
That is what my youth was for

Old teenage hopes are alive at your door
Left you with nothing but they want some more

Oh, uh oh, you're changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are

Sweetheart, bitter heart now I can tell you apart
Cozy and cold, put the horse before the cart

Those teenage hopes who have tears in their eyes
Too scared to own up to one little lie

Oh, uh oh, you're changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are

One, two, three, four, five, six, nine, or ten
Money can't buy you back the love that you had then
One, two, three, four, five, six, nine, or ten
Money can't buy you back the love that you had then

Oh, uh oh, you're changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are
Oh, uh oh, you're changing your heart
Oh, uh oh, you know who you are
Who you are

For the teenage boys
They're breaking your heart
For the teenage boys
They're breaking your heart


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"1234" as written by Ben / Ely

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  • +3
    General Commenti love this song! and the video makes me so happy..

    what i love is how it sounds like "FOUR TEENAGE HOES ARRIVE AT YOUR DOOR!"
    royalewithcheeseon April 20, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThe fact that she says "that was what my youth was for'' indicates that the speaker's not a teenager anymore and she's (or he's) referring to the past. She refers to it in the past tense again when she says "money can't buy back the love that you had then".
    But now, those past "teenage hopes are lying at your door".
    In general, I think this song is about regretting not following through on a love once had. The person regretting chose not to follow his old teenage hopes. He chose to give up the "sleepless, long nights" of his youth to do the 'grown-up', less passionate thing and put the "horse before the cart".
    Now he is grown up and misses it; he's "cozy" and well-off in some ways because of this decision, but he's "cold" at the same time. He has money now, but that can't buy the love he had then.
    deweydellon June 21, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentya onwardsailboats is defiantly right!

    i love this song so much, one of my favorites on the album
    feist just has such a beautiful way of putting things
    ruffgemon April 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that if any artist can truely channel human emotions with their innocence it is feist.

    this song is about wanting to be in love with a person again but things just aren't the same. You can try to change your feelings but the situation remains that it was something that you had then.

    it basically just reminds me of couples that date again, it just lacks the excitement it did the first time.
    lovemakeluston April 18, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti agree lovemakelust! he is no longer in love with her and is moving on. when we go through different relationships we slowly begin to know who we are as a person.
    i love the video and crazy choreography! :)
    playgroundloveon April 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is so beautiful and summer-y.
    greenteaon May 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyeah, i think the use of the numbers ("1 2 3 4") represents youth and innocence and childhood. and i love the song for that
    NewLibertineon May 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh god. I'm going through that. Haha. It really hurts. And though I'm not trying to buy it back with money, literally, I'm trying so hard to get it back with anything I can. Ugh. This is one gorgeous song.
    Rilo_kiley77on May 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSuch a beautiful, light-headed song. I agree with NewLibertine that the numbers represent the innocence of being young and in love.

    "1 2 3 4
    Tell me that you love me more"
    Is exactly what teenage love is all about.

    I think this song is about two very young people who are in love yet still in the process of growing up. All is so different when you are a teenager, there comes a time you start looking at life in an other way.

    And I think that time has come for her partner, as she is saying "You are changing your heart": he's becoming a different person and that results in various effects on their relationship.
    Jackilynnon June 07, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis has missing lyrics. At the end... does anyone else hear (after the lyrics "You know who you are") -

    "Ohh, fallen teenage boy,
    I'm breaking your heart.
    Fallen teenage boy,
    I'm breaking your heart.."

    The best bit! Feisty. oo lala.
    .tangerine.on June 24, 2007   Link

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