Do you remember the time when I found a human tooth down on Delancey?
Hey, remember that time we decided to kiss anywhere except the mouth?
Hey, remember that time when my favorite colors were pink and green?
Hey, remember that month when I only ate boxes of tangerines?
So cheap and juicy

Hey, remember that time when I would only read Shakespeare?
Hey, remember that other time when I would only read the backs of cereal boxes?
Hey, remember that time I tried to save a pigeon with a broken wing?
A street cat got him by morning, and I had to bury pieces of his body in my building's playground
I thought I was going to be sick

Hey, remember that time when I would only smoke Parliaments?
Hey, remember that time when I would only smoke Marlboros?
Hey, remember that time when I would only smoke Camels?
Hey, remember that time when I was broke?
I didn't care; I just bummed from my friends
Bum...

Hey, remember that time when you OD'ed?
Hey, remember that other time when you OD'ed for the second time?
Well, in the waiting room while waiting for news of you
I hallucinated I could read your mind
And I was on a lot of shit too, but what I saw, man, I tell you it was freaky


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"That Time" as written by Regina Spektor

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  • +6
    General Commenti have 4 words for you "so cheap and juuuciy"
    mrs floweron July 14, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this is a conversation she is having for a signifigant other talking about all the experiences she has had with him and all the fun they've had together. but then, this person over doses on drugs and she stays with him because of their history to "wait for the news" of his fate. i believe she thought it wasn't going to be good news because this was his second OD and she could "read his mind." I think she forgave him too because she made his same mistake but she lived through it, hence "I was on a lot of shit too but what I saw, man, I tell you it was freaky…"
    haystack charmon October 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe way she puts lyrics to music is amazing... the rhythm in the bit where she goes "a street cat got him by morning" etc is amazing in that regard...
    antisheepon June 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its about going back over memories with an old guy friend
    you were really close to,
    and really cared about.
    not trying to relive memories,
    just reminicing over the better times.
    it seems to get worse and worse as the versus go on, and time stretches, they got older
    from reading shakespear and favoite colors
    to smoking parilments and camels
    and ODing
    but she can read his mind,
    and they're still as close as they were before.
    BAMsayson October 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is really catchy, but I don't think it's as innocent as everyone seems to be making it out as.

    It sounds to me as if their whole relationship has been based on drugs, since addicts (esp on uppers like cocaine, meth, etc - in my experience anyway) tend to become obsessed with silly things for short periods of time, then move onto the next. Like the way she ate nothing but tangerines, or how she was obsessed with reading the backs of cereal boxes.

    I think she found herself in a hospital waiting to hear if he was dead or alive, but can't truly comprehend the situation, since she's f'ed up too. Even with the gravity of the situation, she speaks of it in the same lighthearted way she spoke of the tangerines.
    Kimmagaon July 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI always thought this song was someone dealing with a friend or a lover who was in the hospital and dealing witht the grief of that. The first 3 stanzas are a sort of denial of what has actually happened to the friend and the speaker is choosing to focus on trivial things in life. By the last stanza the speaker has a complete break down and come to face the fact that her friend has od'd.
    fraisesxfriteson April 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is kickin' and self explanatory
    Amaryllison June 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst 3 verses are cute but the last 1 is creepy...
    King of Some Islandon July 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. It's like some crazy messed up New York kind of love. It reminds me of myself a lot. My favorite colors are pink & green, I smoked parliaments to marlboros, to camels, and then broke sometimes. haha

    amazing song.
    CautionarySongon July 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentjuicy!
    _ellieon July 14, 2006   Link

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