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She had long brown hair

All down her breast

Made me think about my future

Made me think about my past

She was so pretty

As pretty as can be

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

Her skin was tight, her manner was free

She gave me that look that seemed to say:

"Hey you, look at me!"

Her smile was crooked and good

As she sucked her Capri

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon god

Why shouldn't it be me?

Her body was free!

Don't tell me what's proper

Anyone can see

I wasn't even her first, so don't blame it on me

She was so pretty, as pretty as can be

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

Oh c'mon, just this once, lord!

Why shouldn't it be me?

Her body was free!

You know what the bible says?

I'll tell you what it says

It says:

"Don't put a stumbling block in front of someone who can't see

Don't put a beautiful body in front of someone who's hungry,"

She was so pretty

As pretty as can be

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

C'mon lord, why shouldn't it be me?

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She had long brown hair

All down her breast

Made me think about my future

Made me think about my past

She was so pretty

As pretty as can be

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

Her skin was tight, her manner was free

She gave me that look that seemed to say:

"Hey you, look at me!"

Her smile was crooked and good

As she sucked her Capri

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, c'mon god

Why shouldn't it be me?

Her body was free!

Don't tell me what's proper

Anyone can see

I wasn't even her first, so don't blame it on me

She was so pretty, as pretty as can be

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

Oh c'mon, just this once, lord!

Why shouldn't it be me?

Her body was free!

You know what the bible says?

I'll tell you what it says

It says:

"Don't put a stumbling block in front of someone who can't see

Don't put a beautiful body in front of someone who's hungry,"

She was so pretty

As pretty as can be

And I thought:

"My god, why shouldn't it be me?"

C'mon lord, why shouldn't it be me?

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A recent conversation I read on a thread sparked my intrest in interpreting this song. I always took it as a simple jealousy from one girl to another or the story of adam and eve put in kind of a jazzy way.

BUT after reading a convo, I now I take it in a much darker sense, I think it's about rape. And the more I analyze the lyrics, the more I think so. I'm suprised I never saw this before. Anyone else?

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Wow I never thought about it in terms of rape but that idea certainly does seem to jump from the words now: "Her body was free."

regina has a way of capturing her character's motives for unusual or morally reprehensible behavior (think Mary Ann's homicide, obsession in The Flowers, denial in Belt) The narrator of this song is justifying rape in a very disturbing way: Biblical paraphrasing, the woman's body language, a sense of deserving something...

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I think this song is from the point of view of a rapist.

It's a scary sonic landscape. Everything about it is uncomfortable, especially the haunting 'la la la' vocals in the beginning, when I hear it, this black and white movie plays in my head of an young girl playing jump rope in her yard. Creepy as fuck.

And then the rapist sings about how beautiful she is, and why shouldn't he be her first.

The melody of this song, especially the "la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-ove" (love) part is just bone chilling.

Only a brilliant musician would be able to pull off a song like this in good taste.

And the thing that's fascinating about it is that as a woman, Regina Spektor is able to crawl inside the head of a rapist and keep us suspended in limbo for 6 minutes.

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IDEA!

i couldn't make this song work for a character without using a hearty amount of imgination--

"i wasn't even her first, so don't blame it on me" from the rapist,

"why shouldn't it be me" from the jealous woman.

Which was singing? in the end, I think it's possible that the two of them share the stage--alernating every line or two in narating this womman's manner, and eventual demise.

The man is hung up on her breasts, free body, and how much he wanted her--what he planned to do to her

("made me think about my future").

The woman, older, obsesses about her prettiness, crooked, good smile, and how much she wants to be her, or be like her again ("made me think about my past").

i think a lot of the lines suit either character just fine, maybe their voices blend together on some lines, or they talk over each other, especially on the "her body was free" part.

i imagine, and i don't know exactly why, that they're giving statements to the police.. i guess it would explain why we're hearing two accounts/perspectives about her.

okay, i'm gonna stop here cause i'm starting to make stuff up haha (which i guess is what this entire topic is about... Razzer)

p.s. i love this song!

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