Carbon Monoxide
Regina Spektor Lyrics


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Carbon monoxide
Soon I'll go to sleep
If I don't got my socks on right
They slide right off of my feet
As I walk walk walk walk walk walk

Walk walk walk walk walk walk
Carbon monoxide
As I take you home
First time I get my socks on right
But I don't have a gas mask on
As I walk walk walk walk walk walk
You home
Yeah

I'm so cool
I'm so cool
I'm so cool

Walk walk walk walk walk walk
You home

I'm so cool
I'm so cool
I'm so cool

Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy





Carbon monoxide
Soon we'll go to sleep

Overall Meaning

At first glance, Regina Spektor's "Carbon Monoxide" appears to be a nonsensical song about walking and socks, but upon closer inspection and interpretation, the song seems to be about a sense of apathy towards the dangers in her environment. The repeated phrase "walk walk walk walk walk walk" depicts the mundane, everyday routine that she goes through, with the deadly gas, carbon monoxide, casually mentioned as she walks home. She shows no concern for the gas, indicating a possible lack of awareness or disregard for the dangers of it.


Furthermore, when she says "If I don't got my socks on right, they slide right off of my feet", it could be interpreted as her lack of preparedness for the potential dangers that lie ahead. The line "First time I get my socks on right, But I don't have a gas mask on" further strengthens this interpretation, indicating that she realizes that she should be more prepared, but still doesn't take action.


The repeated refrain of "I'm so cool" as she walks home could be interpreted as a sense of invincibility or denial towards the lethality of carbon monoxide. In essence, "Carbon Monoxide" portrays the complacency that people can fall into when they do not immediately see the harm in their environment, and Regina Spektor captures this sense of indifference in a chilling manner.


Line by Line Meaning

Carbon monoxide
The song's theme, carbon monoxide, is stated as a forewarning for upcoming lyrics.


Soon I'll go to sleep
The singer fears to sleep due to the lethal gas and the lethal gas analogy to a perilous situation in real life.


If I don't got my socks on right
The singer references a trivial, yet significant problem in the form of loose socks while trivializing a crucial matter of carbon monoxide poisoning.


They slide right off of my feet
The shoes that one gathers as defence to face the difficulties fail when confronted with this particular issue, highlighting the perils of taking things for granted.


As I walk walk walk walk walk walk
The walk is used as a metaphor for the journey through life.


Walk walk walk walk walk walk Carbon monoxide As I take you home
This section of the song refers to a situation where the singer is capricious about the hazards of the gas and continues living with the associated risks under normalcy, even when taking home the carbon monoxide emitting object.


First time I get my socks on right But I don't have a gas mask on
The singer deals with his petty problems, the loose socks, but is unaware of an actual danger, the absence of a gas mask which can save his life.


You home Yeah
The artist continues living without recognizing the danger while being happy to have made it home safely.


I'm so cool I'm so cool I'm so cool
The artist tries to act tough and unflappable, implying his nonchalance could get him into danger.


Come on daddy Come on daddy Come on daddy Come on daddy Come on daddy Come on daddy
A reference to a scold child being implored by their father, in this case, to act responsibly and take action to avert danger.


Carbon monoxide Soon we'll go to sleep
The song ends on the same topic it began with - death, represented by the sleeping metaphor, highlighting that the danger is still lingering and the situation is no better than before.




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Written by: REGINA SPEKTOR

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@moralesriveraomar233

Carbon monoxide
Soon I'll go to sleep
If I don't got my socks on right
They slide right off of my feet
As I walk walk walk walk walk walk

Walk walk walk walk walk walk
Carbon monoxide
As I take you home
First time I get my socks on right
But I don't have a gas mask on
As I walk walk walk walk walk walk
You home
Yeah

I'm so cool
I'm so cool
I'm so cool

Walk walk walk walk walk walk
You home

I'm so cool
I'm so cool
I'm so cool

Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy

Carbon monoxide
Soon we'll go to sleep



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Carbon monoxide
Soon I'll go to sleep
If I don't got my socks on right
They slide right off of my feet
As I walk walk walk walk walk walk

Walk walk walk walk walk walk
Carbon monoxide
As I take you home
First time I get my socks on right
But I don't have a gas mask on
As I walk walk walk walk walk walk
You home
Yeah

I'm so cool
I'm so cool
I'm so cool

Walk walk walk walk walk walk
You home

I'm so cool 
I'm so cool
I'm so cool

Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy
Come on daddy 
Come on daddy
Come on daddy

Carbon monoxide
Soon we'll go to sleep

No one will notice we're gone
Cause we don't have a job to keep
They'll just say that we're being lazy
Sex crazy, sex crazy
They'll just say we're living our whole life in bed
And we'll be in bed, but we'll be oh so very much
Dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a
Dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a
Dead-a, D-dead
Yeah
But we're so cool, we're so cool, we're so cool
Dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a
Dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a, dead-a
Dead-a, D-dead
Dead
But we're still cool, we're still cool, we're still cool

Come on daddy, come on daddy
Come on, come on, come on daddy
Come on daddy, come on daddy
Come on daddy, come on daddy
Come on daddy, come on daddy
Come on, come on, come on, come on
Carbon monoxide
Carbon monoxide



All comments from YouTube:

@NotecardPoetry77

i love how her voice isn't always "pretty" or "angelic" or whatever... but she uses her voice to act... it's powerful. her voice isn't just her singing the lyrics. it's so much more. she's got things to say. and you can tell she's not just spacing out while she performs what she's practiced time and time again. she knows what she's saying, even if maybe the rest of the world doesn't.

@dontcallmegus

There aren't many artists who can make you feel like laughing and crying at the same time...

@tolbydamit

holy shit. That sums her music for me completely.

@crucifyrobinhood

My bones began to rot, I was barely forty. Then I found this album. Then much vodka. Then much Vicodin and vodka. Then morphine, then methadone, then too many surgeries and vodka.
Then opana and vodka, then I told my doctors to fuck off, then tar, then no alcohol and no opiates. Regina walked by my side and never raised an eyebrow. I fuckin' love this song.

@klachopis

Me and the girl in this song used to live in Chicago. And we had a ground floor apartment. And it had the most beautiful kitchen. With an old gas stove. And she once said "walk-a walk-a walk" as we walked to the grocery store. And one time she let these little black kittens in while I was sleeping and they crawled all over me as I slept, and woke me up. And that was the most beautiful moment in my life. It was 1989. And we never used the stove for mischief, although we thought of things like that. A lot. We lived a great portion of our life in bed. And one day when we were wrestling on the sidewalk an old man said, "it's good to be young!" And that was the most heartwarming moment of my life. Sometimes music predicts the past. And sometimes it comes true in the future. Look those connections between music you love and things that happen in your own life. God is in all things. And it's good to be young.

@guitarhero240

Liar

@Evil_Noah

I don't care if it's true or not, it's a nice story.

@b9l_onion758

I have a hard time believing that but great story

@makksa6

sure jan

@naseempark6135

what? didnt regina live in NY?

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