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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