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Samson
Regina Spektor Lyrics


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You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of Wonder Bread
And went right back to bed
And the history books forgot about us
And the Bible didn't mention us
And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin' on our heads
But they're just old light, they're just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful
And came into my bed
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 mornin' light, the mornin' light
And he kissed me 'til the mornin' light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of Wonder Bread
And went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn't bring the columns down
Yeah, we couldn't destroy a single one
And the history books forgot about us
And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first

Overall Meaning

The song "Samson" by Regina Spektor tells the story of two lovers; Samson and his unnamed partner. It seems that the two of them are doomed from the start, as the first line of the song states "You are my sweetest downfall". Despite this, the singer is still in love with Samson, as she says "I loved you first, I loved you first". She goes on to reveal that there is something hidden beneath the "sheets of paper", which suggests a deeper truth that she must confront. Despite her love for Samson, she tells him that "I have to go, I have to go".


The song also references the biblical story of Samson, who had his strength in his long hair. However, in the song, Samson has already lost his hair and is eating a slice of Wonder Bread before going back to bed. The singer cuts his hair herself with a pair of dull scissors, and despite the fact that they couldn't bring the columns down, they share a tender moment before Samson goes back to bed. However, the ending of the song suggests that their love was forgotten by history, as the "history books forgot about us" and "the Bible didn't mention us, not even once".


Line by Line Meaning

You are my sweetest downfall
You are the one I loved the most, but you also caused my downfall


I loved you first, I loved you first
I loved you before anyone else did


Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
The truth about my feelings and emotions are hidden beneath the paperwork


I have to go, I have to go
I have to leave, even if I don't want to


Your hair was long when we first met
When I first met you, your hair was long and beautiful


Samson went back to bed
Samson returned to his bed


Not much hair left on his head
Samson had lost most of his hair


He ate a slice of Wonder Bread
He ate a plain and ordinary slice of bread


And went right back to bed
After eating, he immediately went back to bed


And the history books forgot about us
Our story was not significant enough to make it into the history books


And the Bible didn't mention us
Even the religious text didn't make any mention of us


And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once
Our story was completely absent from the Bible


Beneath the stars came fallin' on our heads
The stars were falling on our heads


But they're just old light, they're just old light
The stars that we see are just the light from the past, not in the present


Samson came to my bed
Samson came to my bed


Told me that my hair was red
Samson mentioned that my hair was red


Told me I was beautiful
Samson complimented me and called me beautiful


And came into my bed
Samson got into bed with me


Oh, I cut his hair myself one night
I cut Samson's hair by myself one night


A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
I used a pair of blunt scissors in dim lighting


And he told me that I'd done alright
Samson praised me and said that I did a good job


And kissed me 'til the mornin' light, the mornin' light
We kissed passionately until the morning light


Samson went back to bed
Samson returned to bed


Not much hair left on his head
Samson's hair had been mostly cut off


Oh, we couldn't bring the columns down
We were not able to bring down the pillars/columns


Yeah, we couldn't destroy a single one
We were not able to destroy even one column/pillar




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Regina Spektor

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@jamescarry1415

This song is about two stories of love, told in parallel, to tell each other's tale.

On the one hand, we have Samson and Delilah. Delilah didn't cut his hair- she made her servant do it. This tale is from the perspective of the servant, who, in the song, is in love with Samson, though she's a 'nobody,' and forgotten.
"The history books forgot about us, and the Bible didn't mention us- not even once." Delilah's servant is not mentioned by name in the Bible, even though they were the instrument of his doom.
"Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth" In between the stories, in the airy spaces between the pages of the Bible, between the words, in the unspoken and unwritten elements of the story, is the servant who had to watch her love Samson become weak and powerless, feeling nothing but love- none of Delilah's malice.

The second tale, in parallel, is a modern story, of a person with aggressive cancer, told from the voice of the person that loves him.
"Samson went back to bed, not much hair left on his head." "He ate a slice of Wonder Bread and went right back to bed." This is a person with cancer, likely undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy. The intense reaction to the therapy makes it hard to keep anything down- white bread may be all they can stomach. When their hair is going to fall out anyway, and it will itch and hurt their sensitive skin while they're sick from chemo, she has to cut his hair, which she's obviously attached to- his long hair that he had when they first met.

Each tale is an allegory for the other- each woman is unnamed and not famous. Each has to watch their love weaken. Each is powerless to time and fate ("Oh we couldn't bring the columns down, we couldn't destroy a single one"). Each has a doomed love, and yet that love endures still.
"You are my sweetest downfall- I loved you first."



@killboy28

[Chorus]
You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

[Verse 1]
Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of Wonder bread, and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the Bible didn't mention us
And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once

[Chorus]
You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came falling on our heads
But they're just old light, they're just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

[Verse 2]
Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful, and came into my bed
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

[Verse 3]
Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of Wonder bread, and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn't bring the columns down
Yeah, we couldn't destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the Bible didn't mention us, not even once

[Outro]
You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first



All comments from YouTube:

@matiasalonso7411

2024 anyone?

@aicellaresma2929

Me

@JoaoODragonborn

There will always be someone

@orchoose

Still perfection

@MrDocumentaryman

Yes why😊

@Dandylion30

Present.

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@darylballesteros2343

Edit: 2023. Hey you're still here. Coming back to the feels of nostalgia.

Edit: 2022. Out of nowhere, you intentionally come back to listen to this song just to bring that nostalgic feeling.

@garethjohn7787

No let us not

@27andmgtow50

Earlier the lyrics of this song just popped out of nowhere in my head. But i cant remember the tittle of the song. I spend 20mins searching and brainstorming. Until i found my old phone. My old phones brand is samsung. Then it memories flashback its samson. Hahaha. Now im here.

@cristinesirios7496

Out of loneliness, I suddenly remember this.

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