"2.99 Cent Blues" as written by and Regina Spektor....
Somewhere far away
Where I roam
There live my buffalo twin
In our twin buffalo home sweet home
He take good care of my native son
And he call me by my native name
And he, he even lets us drink spring water on Sundays
Hey, 2.99, 2.99 a gallon
2.99, 2.99 a gallon

And somewhere further down the road
Where I also roam
There live my caterpillar cousin
Beneath a fancy engraved tomb headstone
In the middle of a southern town
Beneath a cemetery burial plot
And he, he don't pay rent no more, no more, but he
Sure likes the, sure likes the spot
Oh, he sure likes, sure likes the spot
Oh, he sure likes the spot, sure likes the spo-aht
Dun-ah, ah, dun-ah, ah, dun-ah-dun-nah

But in the furthest place I've ever known
Where even I so rarely roam
There lives a boy who just come back from war
His flesh was wounded but he made it back home
His mother calls him by his given name
And the neighbors whisper how he prefers to be alone
And he, he gets gets nightmares about boys dripping blood sold for 2.99, 2.99 a gallon
Come on, just
2.99, 2.99 a gallon
Pay up, yeah!
2.99, 2.99, a gah-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guh-guhhh-guh-guh-guuuh-guh-guh-guuuh-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah

But when I get me all real tired
And I got no more strength to roam
I catch me a horse-driven carriage ride
From a local man named Ethan Frome
He don't say much as he tips his hat
And he carries his body as heavy as lead
And he could have been still flying through the snow on his sled
But the wife was in bed and the horses had to be fed
Besides, it's
2.99, 2.99 a story
Come on, it's
2.99, 2.99 a story
Pay up, yo, it's
2.99, 2.99 a story
Come on, baby
2.99, 2.99 a story
Come on, y'alls
2.99, 2.99, 2.99, 2.99, 2.99, 2.99, 2.99, nuh-99, ah, ah!
2.99, 2.99, 2.99, 2.99, 2.99, nuh-99-na-na-na-na-na-nigh
Oh, 2.99, 2.99 a story
Pay up, y'alls
2.99, 2.99 a story
Pay up, it's just
2.99, 2.99 a story
Oh, but it's just
A gallon

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    General Commenti feel like i should read Ethan Frome right now with this song on repeat in the background just to understand the whole story. But really, then i think about it again, and decide i don't feel like spending that much time on classic literature.

    oh well

    yay for one of the most upbeat jazzy regina songs i know of!
    ne me quitte pason April 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is fun, and I love listening to it.
    betwnliesntruthon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEthan Frome

    The novel explores the theme of infidelity through the character of Ethan Frome, who wishes to feel vibrant and young again. Ethan's wife, Zenobia (nicknamed Zeena), is a hypochondriac and has led herself to believe that she is going to die. Her relatives send for her cousin, Mattie Silver, who needs work as she has been left penniless and an orphan. Ethan embarks on a chivalrous affair with Mattie, which causes him to consider leaving his wife numerous times although he lacks the confidence to carry out his plans. When Mattie displeases Zeena, she sends her back to the city. Emotion overcomes Ethan, and he tells Mattie that he wants to live with her forever. They decide to sled into a bulky tree, so it will kill them instantly rather than live the rest of their lives separated. The accident fails to kill them, but paralyzes Mattie and leaves Ethan with many ailments.
    blueoftheskyon June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, you should have said you were going to use spoilers!
    troiajon September 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so upbeat, and i love to ing it it makes me so happy, ut i recently read Ethan Frome and it is so depressing.... such a contrast... regina is wonderfull
    envirohodgeson April 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about materialism.

    She mentions things like water and stories and soldiers all having pricetags on them. Things that we need or create. Things that should be free to us are all sold for profit.

    So anyways, maybe I'm wrong, but I just think its about how wrong that is.
    spotless_mindon July 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentin the lyrics its stated her:
    "he calls me by my native name
    and takes good care of my native son"

    but i believe its actually:
    "he take good care of my native son and he call me by my native name."

    possibly "called me by my..."
    oh yaa,
    & i meant to say, that in the first part of the song :$. ahahha
    aericksonon August 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment* here.
    fuck i cant spell :$
    aericksonon August 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen she says "He takes good care of my native son"...could this be an allusion to Native Son by Richard Wright?
    besstudoron August 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song.

    I find it interesting that the places where she usually roams are the most bizarre, while "in the furthest place [she's] ever known" lives a young, shell-shocked war veteran, obviously the most real of all these images.

    And the only character who is not concerned with money is the "caterpillar cousin" who doesn't pay rent.

    I read Ethan Frome in 9th grade or something, and I hated it. But now that I think of it, I don't feel much love for it, but it is depressing. But depressing in a kind of pathetic way. For some reason, I always picture Regina (not a character of hers) singing this song, and to picture her getting a carriage ride from Ethan Frome is just a weird image.

    Bottom line, I do not know what this song means.
    phunkometryon November 29, 2007   Link

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