"Rules and Regulations" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
I will never be as cute as you
According to the board of human relations
I will never fly as high as you
According to the board of public citations

[Chorus]
These are just the rules and regulations
Of the birds and the bees
The earth and the trees
Not to mention the gods, not to mention the gods

All my little life I've wanted to roam
Even if it was just inside my own home
Then one little day I chanced to look back
Saw you sittin' there being a sad culprit

[Chorus]

These are just the rules and regulations
Yeah, these are just the rules and regulations
And I, like every one; yes I, like every one
Must follow them


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"Rules and Regulations" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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  • +1
    General CommentWhile the gay issue making it more difficult to break into the mainstream is a likely theme here... there may be an added more personal dimension to that. I've had a feeling that the "you" this song is sung to... "the innocent culprit" he looked back on.. could be his father. If you check out YouTube clips of Loudon Wainwright III from the 70's and 80's, he looks so much like Rufus, only cuter, with a more mainstream voice, and wrote songs with more widespread appeal. He even was on episodes of MASH as the folksinging soldier.
    JohnJayon October 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does this song mean?Either way I LOVE the video!It's extremily entertaining and adorable!
    octogirlprettyon August 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRufus is making fun of people who are saying that being gay is against god's will. socialized love, what's acceptable, what isn't. hiding in the closet (well, not Rufus. :-) )
    "the rules and regulations of the birds & the bees. ... not to mention the gods... and I- like everyone- must follow them"
    marvelon September 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the piccolo in this song. :)
    sonatinaon November 30, 2007   Link

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