12 years ago today (June 13, 2006), Regina Spektor released her first major-label album Begin to Hope. The album peaked No. 20 on Billboard 200 and established Regina as an indie icon.
To celebrate the occasion, here are our favourite lyrics from each of the 19 tracks on the album's Bonus Track Version.
"I never loved nobody fully
Always one foot on the ground
And by protecting my heart truly
I got lost in the sounds"
"You're getting sadder, getting sadder
Getting sadder, getting sadder
And I don't understand, and I don't understand"
"Oh, I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I'd done alright
And kissed me 'til the morning light, the morning light
And he kissed me 'til the morning light"
"On the Radio"
"On the radio
We heard November Rain
That solo's really long
But it's a pretty song
We listened to it twice
Cause the DJ was asleep"
"Again the sun was never called And darkness spreads over the snow"
"I have dreams of Orca whales and owls
But I wake up in fear"
"Après moi, le deluge
After me comes the flood"
"20 Years of Snow"
"And the words float out like holograms
And the words float out like holograms
And the words float out like holograms"
"Hey, remember that month when I only ate boxes of
Tangerines, so cheap and juicy
"White lines on your mind
Keep it steady
You were never ready for the lies"
"But on this stage
I've learned to fly
Learned to sing
And learned to cry
Little wet tears on my baby's shoulder"
"Summer In the City"
"Don't get me wrong, dear
In general I'm doing quite fine
It's just when it's summer in the city
And you are so long gone from the city
I start to miss you, baby, sometimes"
"In another town
Don't let me forget
In another town
Mouth full of regrets
In another town
Please place final bets"
"Somewhere between the cobblestone floor and the slated wooden ceiling
Cuddling my semi-automatic, with a very fuzzy feeling"
"And you have tamed me Now you must take me"
"In Prague I knew I'd been a witch
Burnt alive, a pyre of Soviet kitsch
It made me miss my Moscow muttdom
It made me miss my New York nothing"
"I run the water very very very hot
And then I fill the sink to the top with bubbles of soap
And then I set all the bottle caps I own afloat
And it's the greatest voyage in the history of plastic"
"I'm the hero of the story, don't need to be saved"
"Love will be the death of me
Love is so fickle
It starts with a flood
And it ends with a tr-tr-trickle"
"Hey, remember that time when you OD'd Hey, remember that other time when you OD'd for the second time Well, in the waiting room, while waiting for news of you, I hallucinated I could read your mind And I was on a lot of shit, too, but what I saw, man... I tell you it was freaky Freaky"
- That Time
"But I got to get me out of here
This place is full of dirty old men
And the navigators with their mappy maps
And moldy heads and pissing on sugar cubes"
- 20 Years of Snow
"You are my sweetest downfall"
“This is how it works: you're young until you're not; you love until you don't; you try until you can't; you laugh until you cry; you cry until you laugh, and everyone must breathe until their dying breath”