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Life inside the musicbox ain't easy
The mallets hit
The gears are always turning
And everyone inside the mechanism
Is yearning to get out
And sing another melody completely
So different from the one they're always singing
I close my eyes and think that I have found me
But then I feel mortality surround me
I want to sing another melody
So different from the one I always sing
But when I do the dishes
I run the water very very very hot
And then I fill the sink to the top with bubbles of soap
And then I set all the bottle caps I own afloat
And it's the greatest voyage in the history of plastic
And then I slip my hands in and start to make waves
And then I dip my tongue in and take a taste
It tastes like soap but it doesn't really taste like soap
And then I lower in my whole mouth and take a gulp
And start to feel mortality surround me
I close my eyes and think that I have found me
But life inside the musicbox ain't easy
The mallets hit
The gears are always turning
And every one inside the mechanism
Is yearning to get out
And sing another melody completely
Is yearning to get out
Is yearning to get out
Is yearning to get out



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    alexzurhorstAug 18, 2008 at 12:36 am
    In the beginning, when she says
    "Life inside the musicbox ain't easy
    The mallets hit
    The gears are always turning"
    I think she's telling the listener that:
    Life as a musician isn't easy, my brain is always thinking of new things to come up with, "The gears are always turning".
    Then, when she says the lines,
    "And everyone inside the mechanism
    Is yearning to get out
    And sing another melody completely
    So different from the one they're always singing"
    She's explaining that,
    Everyone inside this mechanism is yearning to get out, or all the musicians are trying to get they're voices heard.
    She says, "and sing another melody completely so different from the one they're always singing" meaning that they're trying to come up with new ideas or new styles, different form everyone else and all of the things we're used to hearing.
    Then, when she starts singing about the dishes, she's singing about, well, the dishes. Who else sings about doing the dishes? Exactly!
    "So different from the one they're always singing…"

    Regina Spektor has an amazing mind, and not only are the lyrics of her songs different from others, the way she sings is also very different, the techniques she uses. She is truly, and outstanding artist.
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    polinaSep 26, 2009 at 7:31 pm
    To me this is a song about loss of innocense and growing up. Sort of reminds me of "To Kill a Mocking Bird" or Jame Joyce's "Araby". The 'life in a music box' is her childhood: simple, entertaining, and routinly. It spins and spins as people, such as her parents, make the decisions for her. Then she 'takes a taste' of the real life, maybe through some kind of life chaging experiance, and it tastes kind of bitter, as soapdoes, but 'it doesn't really taste like soap', because she doesn't fully understand and is interested in finding out more. Then when she 'takes a big gulp' she finaly starts feeling 'the mortality surround' her because she has now lost her innocense and has grown up, which makes her understand life and how bitter it can be. But she also wants to experience it, despite the challenges that come with it because she's tired of her childlike life and wants to "sing a different melody completly", therefore experiance life for what it really is. The whole "everyone is yearning to get out" bit relates to how every child wants to grow up, not realizing that life as an adult can be hard. The main character of this song, however understands and accepts the hardship. It has a very deep meaning but in a lighthearted and hopeful way.

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