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You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
I have to go, I have to go
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
He ate a slice of wonder bread and went right back to bed
And history books forgot about us and the bible didn't mention us
And the bible didn't mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first, I loved you first
Beneath the stars came fallin' on our heads
But they're just old light, they're just old light
Your hair was long when we first met

Samson came to my bed
Told me that my hair was red
Told me I was beautiful and came into my bed
Oh I cut his hair myself one night
A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light
And he told me that I'd done alright
And kissed me 'til the mornin' light, the mornin' light
And he kissed me 'til the mornin' light

Samson went back to bed
Not much hair left on his head
Ate a slice of wonderbread and went right back to bed
Oh, we couldn't bring the columns down
Yeah we couldn't destroy a single one
And history books forgot about us
And the bible didn't mention us, not even once

You are my sweetest downfall
I loved you first



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    UnregisteredApr 18, 2012 at 10:56 pm
    This song always reminds me of my ex, I was his first gf "i loved you first". And we started seeing each other when I was training to be a hairdresser and he used to let me practice on him and he always used to tell me I'd done a good job even if he hated it haha. "and the history books forgot about us" nobody remembers we were ever together and we never made a dent on the world. But he made a huge dent on me.
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    UnregisteredMar 3, 2012 at 11:29 pm
    This beautiful song of regina's is basically about her friend who got cancer but it could also be from the bible because of 'samson and delilah'. But I think it's much more emotional if it's about a friend of hers who got cancer. If my interpretation is right then by 'oh we couldn't bring the columns down, yeah we couldn't destroy a single one' it means that her friend died of cancer because they couldn't destroy it. When she says 'i cut his hair myself one night' means she cut his hair so that it wasn't patchy from the chemo. 'samson went back to bed, not much hair left on his head' means he just had more chemo and he had hardly any hair left on his head anymore. When she says 'beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth' it means they got the cancer results. I think this song is very touching and emotional, and it's simply beautiful.
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    mellymooAug 10, 2008 at 12:53 pm
    I think that the girl is meaning that shes hurt from loving someone who then betrayed her "I loved you first" then deliah comes cuts his hair "you hair was long when we first met " and this becomes the story everybody remembers and not the girl who really loved him "the bible didnt mention us". But like the girl above says the girl in the song loves the true him and when samson has no strength she'll always be with the girl who really loved him and he comes back because he realises this.
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    rosiedamaniac28Jul 8, 2008 at 2:36 am
    I think it means a girl fell in love with someone else because of who they truly were. However, that person changed, making them their downfall, their sweetest downfall. Regina says " I loved you first" meaning, I loved you before you changed. Before, you cut your hair ("your hair was long when we first met), before you changed your personality and the thing that drew me to you changed. It means, now Samson, her former love does not care to contact her. He stays in bed, doesn't care to see her. All they had before he changed is forgotten about and erased. She thought what they had was special, like the brightest star, when really, the true light attracting them had worn out long before. He later comes back to her because he realizes his faults and what he had done wrong.

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