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  1. "if you're never sorry" irony

    Also the fact that Regina Spektor is Jewish also means a lot. Ezra Pound seems to be begging for forgiveness of Regina. Ezra Pound is never forgotten and he wished to be reborn, so he goes to the people he labeled as usurers and asks for forgiveness in an ironic way, by asking for the pound of flesh. Matt
  2. "if you're never sorry" irony

    Yeah definitly. That helps make sense of the whole "if you are never sorry chorus". She says the line quote: then you must live forever if you live forever you cannot be reborn if you're not reborn then you can't be a baby Maybe this is reference to Ezra Pounds change of view. Matt
  3. While visiting reginaspektor.net I downloaded some of the live songs that are not from her albums. One of the songs in particular caught my ear. It's called (unofficially) "if you're never sorry", and I have been listening it a lot trying to understand its meaning. I was hoping some people here could tell me what they think of my interpretation and give me there interpretations. From what I gather the song is very ironic. The song mentions Ezra Pound. Ezra Pound was a poet and a critic during the early 20th century. Some of his beliefs were quite anti-Semitic. He was very critical of Jews being usurers (basically banks with really high interest). In the song Ezra Pound is asking for a pound of flesh. This is a direct reference to Shylock (a Jewish usurer) from the Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice. In the Merchant of Venice, Shylock asks for a pound of flesh as the payment of a loan from one of the people he lent money to. This is where the irony of the song comes in. The fact that Ezra Pound is a known anti-Semitic who specifically hated usurers is asking for a pound of flesh from Regina for a pound of flesh. Ezra is assuming the role of someone who lost their “flesh” to a usurer. That’s how I see it. What do you think? I hope this made sense I am writing this pretty late at night. Matt
  4. "if you're never sorry" irony

    While visiting reginaspektor.net I downloaded some of the live songs that are not from her albums. One of the songs in particular caught my ear. It's called (unofficially) "if you're never sorry", and I have been listening it a lot trying to understand its meaning. I was hoping some people here could tell me what they think of my interpretation and give me there interpretations. From what I gather the song is very ironic. The song mentions Ezra Pound. Ezra Pound was a poet and a critic during the early 20th century. Some of his beliefs were quite anti-Semitic. He was very critical of Jews being usurers (basically banks with really high interest). In the song Ezra Pound is asking for a pound of flesh. This is a direct reference to Shylock (a Jewish usurer) from the Shakespeare play The Merchant of Venice. In the Merchant of Venice, Shylock asks for a pound of flesh as the payment of a loan from one of the people he lent money to. This is where the irony of the song comes in. The fact that Ezra Pound is a known anti-Semitic who specifically hated usurers is asking for a pound of flesh from Regina for a pound of flesh. Ezra is assuming the role of someone who lost their “flesh” to a usurer. That’s how I see it. What do you think? I hope this made sense I am writing this pretty late at night. Matt