Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mollee Interprets Spektor

So, almost a year ago I did a napster search on artists similar to Nickel Creek and Squirrel Nut Zippers. One of my results was Regina Spector. I pulled several of her songs without listening and put them on my mp3 player. One of them had these lyrics....

There's a meat market down the street
The boys and girls watch each other eat
The boys and the girls watch each other eat
When they really just wanna watch each other

It's a strange song, but very catchy and I kept it. It drove Stephen crazy.

Then the kids started asking about it. ALOT. They were obsessed with this song. Hearing Iris sing it perpetually had me worried. What does this song mean??? It sounds a little inappropriate don't you think? Especially for a 3 year old to be singing. I couldn't answer their questions, because the only interpretations I could come up with weren't good. So I just stuck with the literal.

"Kids, it just means they watch eachother eat, but want to watch eachother sleep."

"But WHY, mom?" And what does it really mean?"

With Iris singing it all the time everywhere we went and my older two peppering me with questions, I just deleted the song. I mean...I'm so brain frazzled anymore I don't think even semi-deeply like I did back in high school and college. I don't even want to consider doing poetry interpretation anymore.

Anyway, I digress....You can delete a song from your music player, but not from your kids heads. Apparently this song has been rolling around in Lucy's mind driving her crazy.

My friend Gretchen watched my kids for me the other day and then brought them to church. Stephen arrived there later and over heard this conversation between Gretchen's daughter, Mollee, and Lucy:

"What song are you singing?"

"This song my mom used to have on her mp3 player...I don't know what it means"

"It's about a group of siblings...some of them like to play pranks and some of them don't. They're always watching eachother eat, but the ones that want to play pranks want to watch the others sleep so they can play tricks on them while their sleeping."

"Oh! That makes sense."

Thank-you are a genius!


  1. Ahahaha
    I love Regina Spektor...but yes, her lyrics are very confusing sometimes...