"Love Affair" as written by and Regina Spektor....
There was a love affair in this building
The kind of love affair, Which every respectable building must keep as a legend
Slowly festering through an innocent by the way
Or have you heard
He was perfect except for the fact that he was an engineer And mothers prefer doctors and lawyers

Yet despite this imperfection he was clean looking and respectable looking
And you'll never find a mother who doesn't appreciate a natural man
So he grew healthy aloe vera plants by the window

Healthy teeth in his mouth
Healthy hair on his head
He grew healthy wavy brown hair on his head
The kind that babies always go for with sticky little fingers

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"Love Affair" as written by Regina Spektor

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    General CommentWhat I love about the lyrics is that you're not sure exactly what the affair is etc. I mean, is the mother the mother of the man's lover, or is the MOTHER the lover? And whose is the child? Is it his, or another man's (the man who made the mother the mother).

    I don't know about the child, but I reckon it's the mother who's having the affair - "you'll never find a mother who doesn't appreciate a natural man."
    listenrepeaton December 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat i think -
    daughter brought home man.
    man was an engineer - mother didn't like that and didn't think he was good enough for daughter.
    man was "healthy" and "natural" - mother appreciated THAT.
    mother becomes attracted to man and has an affair with daughter's lover; or, man.

    deep in staticon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn response to newsies234's comment, I don't think that the affair was necessarily a happy one. It wasn't that the building wanted the affair as a legend, but it was obligated to have it as a legend. And the term "respectable" (as in "every respectable building") is kind of in quotes to me. Like it doesn't make the building respectable, it just makes it home to juicy gossip. And since it's called a "love affair", it has something of an illicit connotation (to me, at least).

    Anyway, all I know about this song is that there was a love affair in a building, and people are talking, and he's a good looking man, and someone's mother has some sort of role or opinion. I like this song because it's leaves so many holes. The song itself represents gossip to me. Albeit in a very catchy manner.

    And I always thought it was "an innocent by-the-wayer", a by-the-wayer being someone who happened to say "by the way" a lot. Then the by-the-wayer is saying, "Have you heard?..." So perhaps it would be more appropriate to call the by-the-wayer a have-you-hearder. Um...
    phunkometryon November 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmmmm. Regina Spektor is so friggin amazing. I wish all her albums were released and ready for me to buy. She has such witty lyrics and great music.
    anna118kon September 25, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRegina Spektor is amazing. I can't get enough of Soviet Kitsch. I love this song.
    teamcrunkedon May 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of Fiona Apple for some reason, I love it.
    precipitateon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCorrections about the lyric

    I've always tought that it was 'ware' and not 'way'... As if the news about the love affair is spreading all around the building and that it's first class-gossip around the ware. I also think that the "Have you heard? He was perfect..." is a quate from the converations at the ware.
    lemonjuiceon May 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentNo. It's definitely "by the way."
    MadnessMethodon June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it might sound like "ware" because the word "or" is right after "way", and she kinda blends them together.
    ficklepeachon July 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think she says "wire" ... as in the story grows through gossip. maybe?
    shakeitloveon September 03, 2006   Link

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