After spending far too much time trying to decipher the “deeper” meaning behind Regina Spektor’s “Samson” from her 2006 album Begin to Hope I finally moved on and went on to listen to the rest of the album.
First off, it’s fantastic. I cannot remember the last time I listened to an entire album from beginning to end and was impressed by everything that I heard.
Currently, I’m listening to “Lady”.
Lady sing the blues so well
As if she mean it
As if it’s hell down here…
The song is filled with this deep, blues vibe. It sounds very sad and beautiful. In my imagination the lady that the song is based off of is quite similar to Regina herself, at least in appearance. With looks that make people feel as though she has been directly transplanted from the 1920s to our present time. Bright red lipstick, curls, and a cap. I imagine the lady with a cigarette in her hand, on a dark, rainy street corner. She would not look particularly anxious or sad, but would appear delightfully unaware of the world around her; totally focused on her own life, maybe keeping a secret that she knows everyone would love to hear.
Directly following our introduction to this lady, the song continues with:
In the smoke-filled world
Where the jokes are cold
They don’t laugh at jokes
They laugh at tragedies
Corner street societies
But they believe her
They never leave her
While she sings she make them feel things
At first it seems like a ridiculously sad song, but then she sings:
But on this stage
I’ve learned to fly
Learned to sing
And learned to cry
Freedom, freedom, freedom. It’s what it’s all about to me. Or, maybe just liberation.
I am enjoying this album. I love Regina Spektor. Plus, she’s a total bad ass and supports gay marriage and is Pro-Choice. What a rad chick.