Poor Little Rich Boy
Regina Spektor Lyrics


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Poor little rich boy
All the couples have gone
You wish that they hadn't
You don't want to be alone
But they want to kiss
And they've got homes of their own
Poor little rich boy
All the couples have gone have gone have gone

And you don't love your girlfriend
You don't love your girlfriend
And you think that you should but she thinks that
She's fat but she isn't but you don't love her anyway
And you don't love your mother
And you know that you should
And you wish that you would but you don't anyway

Poor little rich boy
Oh the world is okay
The water runs off your skin
And down into the drain
You're reading Fitzgerald
You're reading Hemingway
They're both super smart
And drinking in the cafes

And you don't love your girlfriend
You don't love your girlfriend
And you think that you should but she thinks
That she's fat but she isn't but you don't love her anyway
And you don't love your mother
And you know that you should
And your wish that you would
But you don't anyway

You're so young




You're so god damn young
And you don't love your girlfriend

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in Regina Spektor's song "Poor Little Rich Boy" are a commentary on the life of a wealthy and privileged young man who is struggling with feelings of loneliness and dissatisfaction despite his privileged status. The first verse describes the young man's isolation as all of his coupled friends have left him alone. Although he wishes they would stay, he is unable to connect with them and is left feeling alone. The repetition of the phrase "have gone" emphasizes the young man's loneliness and isolation.


In the second verse, the lyrics reveal that the young man is also struggling with romantic relationships. He does not love his girlfriend and feels guilty for not being able to feel affection towards her. The lyrics suggest that his girlfriend is insecure about her weight, but the young man is unable to convince himself to love her despite her perceived physical flaws. Additionally, the young man feels distant from his mother and wishes he could love her as he knows he should, but is unable to.


Line by Line Meaning

Poor little rich boy
A wealthy young man who feels unhappy and unsatisfied with his life


All the couples have gone
All the happy couples who were keeping him company have left him alone


You wish that they hadn't
He wishes that the couples were still there with him


You don't want to be alone
He doesn't want to deal with the feeling of loneliness


But they want to kiss
The couples are more interested in each other than him


And they've got homes of their own
They have their own lives, relationships and places to live


And you don't love your girlfriend
The rich boy doesn't actually love his girlfriend, despite thinking he should


And you think that you should but she thinks that
He thinks he should love her, but she has insecurities and low self-esteem


She's fat but she isn't but you don't love her anyway
He doesn't actually love her, regardless of her appearance


And you don't love your mother
He doesn't truly care for his mother, even though he knows he should


And you know that you should
He understands that he has a sense of obligation to love his mother


And you wish that you would but you don't anyway
He desires to feel love towards his mother, but he can't seem to make himself do it


Oh the world is okay
The world may be fine, but he still feels unsatisfied


The water runs off your skin
He is experiencing a mundane, everyday routine such as taking a shower


And down into the drain
The water is going to a waste drain lower than the shower


You're reading Fitzgerald
He is reading a classic work of literature by F. Scott Fitzgerald


You're reading Hemingway
Another noteworthy writer whose words he's reading


They're both super smart
The authors are very intelligent people


And drinking in the cafes
Imagery of characters sipping beverages and discussing their intellectual musings


You're so young
He is still young and has time to figure things out


You're so god damn young
An emphasis on how young he is, and inability to fully understand the world yet




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Written by: REGINA SPEKTOR

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