Eet
Regina Spektor Lyrics


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It's like forgetting the words to your favorite song
You can't believe it
You were always singing along
It was so easy and the words so sweet
You can't remember
You try to feel the beat

Eet, eet, eet, eet
Eet, eet, eet, eet

You spent half of your life trying to fall behind
You're using your headphones to drown out your mind
It was so easy, and the words so sweet
You can't remember
You try to move your feet
Eet, eet, eet, eet
Eet, eet, eet, eet

Someone's deciding whether or not to steal
He opens the window just to feel the chill
He hears that outside a small boy just starting to cry
'Cause it's his turn but his brother won't let him try

It's like forgetting the words to your favorite song
You can't believe it
You were always singing along
It was so easy and the words so sweet
You can't remember
You try to move your feet





It was so easy and the words so sweet
You can't remember, you try to feel the beat

Overall Meaning

The opening lines of Regina Spektor's song "Eet" describe the feeling of forgetting the lyrics to a beloved song. It's like experiencing a jolt of disbelief, as if something that was once second nature has suddenly disappeared, leaving you unable to participate in or capture the essence of the music. The lyrics continue to emphasize the sense of disorientation and confusion, describing a person who has spent much of their life trying to catch up and keep pace with the world around them but now can't find the rhythm or remember the words.


While the lyrics are somewhat cryptic and abstract, they suggest a theme of disconnection, disorientation, and loss. The repetition of the word "eet" reinforces this idea, creating a kind of mantra or incantation that underscores the anxiety and urgency of the lyrics. The second half of the song shifts into a more narrative mode, describing a person who is contemplating stealing as they hear the sound of a boy crying outside. The song ends with a repetition of the earlier lines, underscoring the sense of loss and confusion that characterizes the song.


Overall, "Eet" is a haunting and evocative song that captures the sense of dislocation and unease that can come with facing the unknown or confronting unexpected changes in our lives.


Line by Line Meaning

It's like forgetting the words to your favorite song
Losing something that was once familiar and comforting, causing shock and disbelief.


You can't believe it
Disbelief over what has been lost.


You were always singing along
A sense of familiarity and emotional attachment to the lost thing.


It was so easy and the words so sweet
The lost thing was simple and pleasurable while it lasted.


You can't remember
Memory failure after losing something important.


You try to feel the beat
Attempting to connect to the lost thing through a sensory experience.


Eet, eet, eet, eet
Repetition of the titular sound, possibly representing the mundane nature of daily routines and lost pleasures.


You spent half of your life trying to fall behind
A sense of defeat and wasted time in trying to catch up or meet expectations.


You're using your headphones to drown out your mind
Trying to escape or block out unwelcome thoughts or emotions through music.


Someone's deciding whether or not to steal
An unrelated event introduced, possibly highlighting the suddenness and uncertainty of life's events.


He opens the window just to feel the chill
Finding comfort in physical sensation amidst a moral dilemma.


He hears that outside a small boy just starting to cry
The sound of a child's distress introduces an empathetic response or further complexity to the ethical dilemma.


'Cause it's his turn but his brother won't let him try
Possibly indicating an obstruction of justice or fairness.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: REGINA SPEKTOR

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Most interesting comments from YouTube:

@miloerja

It’s like forgetting the words to your favorite song 
You can’t believe it 
You were always singing along 
It was so easy and the words so sweet 
You can’t remember 
You try to feel the beat 

Eet, eet, eet, eet 
Eet, eet, eet, eet 

You spent half of your life trying to fall behind 
You’re using your headphones to drown out your mind 
It was so easy, and the words so sweet 
You can’t remember 
You try to move your feet 
Eet, eet, eet, eet 
Eet, eet, eet, eet 

Someone’s deciding whether or not to steal 
He opens the window just to feel the chill 
He hears that outside a small boy just starting to cry 
‘Cause it’s his turn but his brother won’t let him try 

It’s like forgetting the words to your favorite song 
You can’t believe it 
You were always singing along 
It was so easy and the words so sweet 
You can’t remember 
You try to move your feet 

It was so easy and the words so sweet 
You can’t remember, you try to feel the beat



@deepakjoshi6518

It's like forgetting the words to your favorite song
You can't believe it
You were always singing along
It was so easy and the words so sweet
You can't remember
You try to feel the beat

Eet, eet, eet, eet
Eet, eet, eet, eet

You spent half of your life trying to fall behind
You're using your headphones to drown out your mind
It was so easy, and the words so sweet
You can't remember
You try to move your feet
Eet, eet, eet, eet
Eet, eet, eet, eet

Someone's deciding whether or not to steal
He opens the window just to feel the chill
He hears that outside a small boy just starting to cry
'Cause it's his turn but his brother won't let him try

It's like forgetting the words to your favorite song
You can't believe it
You were always singing along
It was so easy and the words so sweet
You can't remember
You try to move your feet

It was so easy and the words so sweet
You can't remember, you try to feel the beat



All comments from YouTube:

@ivyandcallalily2076

I have been looking for this song since it came out. It took me 11 years. ELEVEN YEARS. I just turned 23 a couple weeks ago. It took half my life to find a song about forgetting a song. She literally warned me this would happen

@fancydancr7

I'm glad you found her again. ❤

@lnstall_Wizard

that's actually wild

@jaywalkingly

happy 23.6th birthday

@paulsarver1437

@@lnstall_Wizard ill tell you something wild

@nifemi_o

meanwhile, I just googled "it's like forgetting", and this was the first result

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@jtroyer8201

"You're using your headphones to drown out your mind" is like OH GOD, RIGHT IN THE FEELS.

@lilliankobzdej

You're**

@tayloradrian7645

+Good Mythical Night I don't think she is saying you are headphones. lol. Your is actually correct. "Your" being possessive an "You're" being short of "you are".

@jtroyer8201

+Reigne Fixed. Thanks.

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