Regina Spektor- Us

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Artist- Regina Spektor

Year- 2006

Song- Us

Album- Soviet Kitsch

Meaning of the Song: 

Regina Spektor grew up in Soviet Russia and this song is about Soviet Russia and its downfall. “They built a statue of us” refers to the statues built of Stalin and Lenin and how ridiculous it is that these have become tourist attractions when they were built as a symbol of communism. “They named a city after us” refers to Stalingrad and Leningrad.

“And later say it’s all our fault” is about how people blame Stalin and Lenin for all the bad things they did but don’t take into account that people themselves elected them and ignore good things that these two leaders did. Many people preferred living in communist Russia to living in Russia after the Soviet union broke down.

“We’re living in a den of thieves” talks about capitalism and how it’s contagious – so not necessarily better than communism.

“We wear our scarves just like a noose” paints the picture of the people living in Soviet Russia who can see the good parts of communism but also the bad. They go along with it, but are aware that they could be forming their own noose.

Lyrics

They made a statue of us
And it put it on a mountain top
Now tourists come and stare at us
Blow bubbles with their gum
Take photographs for fun, for fun

They’ll name a city after us
And later say it’s all our fault
Then they’ll give us a talking to
Then they’ll give us a talking to
Because they’ve got years of experience
We’re living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
We’re living in a den of thieves
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious

We wear our scarves just like a noose
But not ’cause we want eternal sleep
And though our parts are slightly used
New ones are slave labor you can keep

We’re living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
We’re living in a den of thieves
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious

They made a statue of us
They made a statue of us
The tourists come and stare at us
The sculptor’s marble sends regards
They made a statue of us
They made a statue of us
Our noses have begun to rust
We’re living in a den of thieves
Rummaging for answers in the pages
Were living in a den of thieves

And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious
And it’s contagious

Courtesy- http://www.lyricsmode.com , http://www.songmeanings.com

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