"Aching to Pupate" as written by and Regina Spektor....
Aching to pupate
Aching to pup-p-p-pate
[repeats 4x]
Pu-pupate, pu pate,
Pu-pate, pu-pupate, pu pa-ate?

I should peddle butterflies
There's a shortage in the city,
I'll stand on the street corner
All mysterious and giddy,
When the passers by pass by
I will open up my trenchcoat,
They will see the butterflies
Dangling like fake rolexes?

Every morning I wake up
With a purpose and a smirk
I'll put on my fake mustache
I'll drink Heineken eat cornflakes?

Then I'll call my mum and dad
Tell them that I'm doing fine,
Or I'll write a tipsy letter
To a real good friend of mine,
Or I'll jump upon the bed
Waltzing madly with the broomstick
But before I leave the house
I will paint my lips with lipstick?

But peddling is a dirty sport
There's competition in the city,
Everyone is on a street corner
All mysterious and giddy.
Some are selling bags and shoes,
Some are selling books and gold,
I've been standing here for days
Not one butterfly's been sold?

And how I'm
Aching to pupate
Aching to pup-p-p-pate
(repeats 4x)
Pu-pu-pate, pupate,
Pupate, pu-pu-pate, pu pa-ate.


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"Aching to Pupate" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +1
    General Commentto me, as a angsty teenager, this song is about a girl who is going through adolescense and is herself, her joyful happy self who enjoys life. such lines as

    "or i'll jump on the bed waltzing madly with the broomstick
    but before i leave the house i will fill my lips with lipstick"

    and

    "i'll stand on a street corner
    all mysterious and giddy"

    suggest that to me.

    but then:

    "but peddling is a dirty sport
    lots of competition in the city
    everyone is on a street corner
    all mysterious and giddy"

    there are other girls. this girl wants to receive attention and admiration, for the beauty of herself she is discovering. (the butterflies she is selling)

    "some are selling bags and shoes
    some are selling books and gold
    i've been standing here for days
    not one butterfly's been sold"

    the problem is, these other girls have things that people want, that people will give attention to. "bags and shoes, books and gold"

    and she wants attention and love, a lot:
    "and how i'm aching to pupate"

    so, basically, regina is singing about me.
    nemequittepason December 15, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti just see this as funny narrative song. just random, and cute. "i will fill my lips with lipstick!"
    envirohodgeson April 30, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWorking on a butterfly farm is so Regina.
    phunkometryon April 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretationi think its about how people no longer pay attention to inner beauty, like the butterfly inside her coat...
    ClockWork95on September 09, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI think that it's about a girl going through puberty, and how all the other girls are pretty but she's not. So she's aching to pupate in the way that she wants to sleep and then wake up an adult. She wants to skip the akward phase and she just wants to change.
    ncd46on June 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously? Ugly Hooker? I can understand how you would come to that conclusion, but I don't think that's what the song is about...To me it's just really fun imagery about selling butterflies, and about waiting to get through puberty...To finally transform! I am kind of reminded in the rose petal scene in American Beauty: A girl opens up her trenchcoat and a flood of beautiful butterfiles fly out...Cool...It's also sad, beacuse no one wants to buy butterflies, they don't mind matericalistic things like bags and shoes, but no one wants a peice of real beauty...sigh...
    francesdarwinon June 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbutterflies pupate when they turn from caterpillars to their butteryfly form. def. to go through a pupal stage (The nonfeeding stage between the larva and adult in the metamorphosis of holometabolous insects, during which the larva typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case).

    Of course, this is symbolic of her longing to change...
    SweetBlondieon August 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti read that she wrote this while working on a butterfly farm.
    looizon September 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOoooh,
    I love this song.
    It's like she just picked up a book on butterflies and was like "Hey...that word is cool."
    =]
    Love-ologyon November 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so pretty, but it makes me sad, how she was so excited about her beautiful idea to brighten up and beautify the city and then no one wants to buy the butterflies and how disappointing that must be.

    and her want to transform into something beautiful as well is so pretty, ahhhh! i just cant get enough of this song.
    pimpmylizon November 09, 2006   Link

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