"Clementine" as written by and Sarah Jaffe....
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    General CommentThis was the first song I heard by her, and it made me fall in love with Sarah Jaffe's vocals and soft music.

    It's an obvious cry to the popular song ' Oh My Darling, Clementine '.

    She's sick and tired of boys making promises, and then coming and going. She wants someone who will cherish her, like 'dear Clementine', a man who will remember her even after her death. There's also the underlying question of indecision. Do they still love her or not?
    Maramacaon February 23, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningThe question is: Is she saying "I'm feeling different" or "I feel indifferent"
    It can be heard either way even if you listen closely. Just an artist's way of
    leaving it up the the listener to interpret for themselves.

    As far as song interpretation, the lines:

    we were young
    we were young
    we were young we didn't care
    ...oh all that time, wasted

    strike a chord with most of us. Wasted youth, wasted time.
    Don't we all wonder that to some extent when we come of age?

    In any case, it is a beautiful song that has universal themes.
    This is one of the best tunes I have heard in a long time.
    Way to go Sarah...
    fullmoon2000on January 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt could also be a reference to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
    enameledcherubson June 23, 2010   Link
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    My Opinionthe name "clementine" means gentle, merciful. i think this song is about how after so many relationships, you get calloused and i think she's regretting being so calloused. i think she just wants to be more gentle, more delicate, more careful w/ her heart and the hearts of others.
    kelseydenise0812on October 18, 2010   Link
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    General Comment50 means all. Change my mind means change my ways and in doing so feel like a new person.
    Young means careless, didn’t stop to think, is it gone as in God’s touch (protection or spirit) or is it flowing in the air.

    Time wasted without God, more delicate = more pure, I wish my name was Clementine means I wish I could be more merciful, mild and gentle'…but it’s hard because innocence is gone.

    Kristys2centson April 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think definitely a reference to Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a file about undergoing a procedure to forget your past obsessions of a person. Kate Winslet's character's name was Clementine and she underwent the forgetting procedure.

    In this songs case, it seems more generalized like a desire to forget a lot of things in addition to any one person and even includes other decisions about drinking and/or drugs. Just bad decisions in general that one wants to forget about.
    mikejaydon November 18, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationSo as far as my interpretation goes, she starts off with "50 states, 50 lines, and so on"

    50 - in my opinion - doesn't really have a meaning in itself other than "a lot of"
    A lot of boys, a lot of lies.

    Now I feel indifferent - She has lost the feelings she could once have for someone. Or at least for some time.
    She is sad because of someone who's left her life, possibly by cheating, or no longer being in love, or for any reason.

    The whole chorus on
    "We were young we didn't care
    Is it gone
    Oh it's floating in the air
    I changed my mind
    Now I feel indifferent"

    They were young when they started, she, too, changed her mind. But still she wished he was still there in one way or another. Torn between the two opposites.

    I wish I was a little more delicate - I believe this turns to "perhaps I did something wrong, maybe I should have been more like this"

    In the end she's hurt and wants this all to just go away. No more heartaches.
    Hence "I wish my name was Clementine"; a reference to "The enternal sunshine of the spotless mine". Remove it from memory altogether.
    Tikkeson February 28, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI didn't upload this because I wasn't sure if she said "now I'm feeling different" or "now I feel indifferent", I think it's the second option, but Sarah's vocals always confuse me!
    bluenayon April 23, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI agree with bluenay and also think that she's actually saying "indifferent"
    Re-Offenderon July 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think after watching the video I found some new meaning to this song...I think the most important clue in the song is the number 50...

    50 states
    50 lines
    50 crying all the time's
    50 boys
    50 lies
    50 i'm gonna change my mind's

    I think you have to look past the "love song" which is the easy lyric interpretation and maybe look at this song as a political song and maybe how our country views women and how she wishes she could be that woman, but she's not...she's who she is and that's all anyone should ask of us. (I'd type more, but I just woke up ;) ) All in all I think it's a smart play on male vs female in our country.
    kmr0150on September 12, 2010   Link

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