Sailor Song
Regina Spektor Lyrics


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She will kiss you til your lips bleed
But she will not take her dress off
Americana, Tropicana

All the sailor boys have demons
They sing oh Kentucky why did you forsake me
It I was meant to sail the sea
Why did you make me
It should have been another state
Oh stay

Cause Mary Anne's a bitch
Mary Anne's a bitch

Does it matter that our anchor
Couldn't even reach the bottom of a bathtub
And the sails reflect the moon
It's such a strange job
Playing blackjack on the deck
Still
Atop this giant puddle
Dressed in white we quietly huddle with our missiles
And we miss the girls back home
Oh home sweet home

Cause Mary Anne's a bitch
Mary Anne's a bitch

She will kiss you til your lips bleed




But she will not take her dress off
Americana, Tropicana

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Regina Spektor's Sailor Song convey a sense of yearning and sadness while also juxtaposing themes of Americana and the sea. The song tells the story of sailors who are plagued by personal demons, singing mournfully about the state they were born in and how it has failed them. The chorus, which repeats "Mary Anne's a bitch," adds to the sense of disillusionment and frustration felt by the sailors.


The repeated line "She will kiss you til your lips bleed/but she will not take her dress off/Americana, Tropicana" adds to the song's themes of unfulfilled desire and the stark contrast between fantasy and reality. The use of Americana and Tropicana as descriptors further highlights the dichotomy between dreams and reality, suggesting a nostalgia for the past and the lure of the exotic.


Overall, Sailor Song is a hauntingly beautiful portrayal of the struggles of sailors living in misery and yearning for home. It speaks to the deep human desire for connection and belonging, while also commenting on the darker sides of American culture and the sea.


Line by Line Meaning

She will kiss you til your lips bleed
She is passionate and intense, but still has emotional boundaries


But she will not take her dress off
She is guarded and does not want to be fully vulnerable


Americana, Tropicana
The setting is a blend of American and tropical elements


All the sailor boys have demons
The men who choose a sailor's life have inner struggles


They sing oh Kentucky why did you forsake me
They feel like they have been abandoned by the place they come from


It I was meant to sail the sea
They believe their destiny is to journey across the ocean


Why did you make me
They question why they were born into their circumstances


It should have been another state
They wish they were from somewhere else


Oh stay
They long for stability and comfort


Cause Mary Anne's a bitch
Mary Anne is a difficult person to deal with


Does it matter that our anchor
They question the importance of their tools and equipment


Couldn't even reach the bottom of a bathtub
Their equipment is unimpressive and ineffective


And the sails reflect the moon
Their journey is affected by the cycles of nature


It's such a strange job
Being a sailor is an unconventional occupation


Playing blackjack on the deck
They pass the time with simple games


Still
Even with these challenges, they continue on


Atop this giant puddle
They see the ocean as a vast, but shallow and meaningless body of water


Dressed in white we quietly huddle with our missiles
Despite their peaceful appearance, they are capable of violence


And we miss the girls back home
They still feel a connection to their past and loved ones


Oh home sweet home
They long to return to the comfort of their homes


Cause Mary Anne's a bitch
Mary Anne continues to be a source of difficulty for them


Mary Anne's a bitch
Her challenging nature is emphasized once more


She will kiss you til your lips bleed
The woman's intensity and passion is restated


But she will not take her dress off
However, she remains emotionally closed off


Americana, Tropicana
The duality of the setting is once again noted




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

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