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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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  • r
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    RikDec 23, 2008 at 7:25 pm
    This song is about a friend of Regina who's unfortunately got cancer.

    Made me look at the song differently, I think it's even more beautifull when you know what it's really about.
  • chibi12
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    chibi12Oct 14, 2008 at 1:16 pm
    spektor is just one hell of a great artist. . .she was able to see through samson and delilah. . .i love this song. . .ill never delete this on my ipod.
  • b
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    blahpyOct 8, 2008 at 10:31 pm
    how i interpreted regina's song (which, by the way, is awesomely above awesome), is that love conquers all. Samson forgave Delilah of her wrong deed because of her love for her.

    This song is in the perspective of Delilah, who claims that she was harshly judged by those who criticize her.

    "You are my sweetest downfall
    I loved you first, i loved you first"

    In this quote, Delilah is implying that she realizes that she did a wrong deed (cutting off Samson's hair and betraying him). She's saying that even though she did so, it doesn't mean that she didn't love Samson, and that she's not perfect - that everyone makes mistakes. Once Samson was captured by the Philistines, Samson could no longer convey his love to her. Without that love, Delilah is nothing. Therefore, her betrayal torwards Samson was her downfall.

    "Beneath the sheets of paper lies my truth
    I have to go, I have to go"

    The sheets symbolizes everything that everyone has thought, said, or written negatively, and judgementally about her. She also says that these judgements are straying others from the truth - that what Samson and her had love that was passionately shared between them. when she says she has to go, she's saying that she doesn't deserve Samson's love. She wants to leave thinking that Samson would benifit from her absence as she caused enough damage.

    "Your hair was long when we first met"
    She's contemplating on what use to be. She's regreting what she did,

    "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"

    When people are tired, or weak, they regain strength from sleeping. That's what Samson was doing. After his hair was cut, he was left feable. One of the hosts for the bread brand Wonder Bread quoted "Wonder Bread helps build strong bodies" The Wonder Bread may represents God's power. After all, Samson did abandon his duty for God. (God wanted him to deliver Israelis from the Philistines, but Samson had his own imperfection - vanity and selfishness) This is Samson's attempt to regain his former power in order to fullfill his duty to God, and his request for God's forgiveness.

    "Beneath the stars came fallin' on our heads
    But they're just old light, they're just old light"

    This can represent the contemptuous attitudes that people had torwards both of their imperfections. Notice how the stars are way up above them. contemptuous means to look down upon in a negative manner.

    "Samson came to my bed
    Told me that my hair was red
    Told me I was beautiful and came into my bed"

    This action by Samson telling Delilah that she's beutiful symbolizes his forgiveness to Delilah, and that even though she mad a mistake, he still sees her as a beautiful person - as his soulmate.

    "Oh I cut his hair myself one night
    A pair of dull scissors in the yellow light"

    A pair of dull scissors symbolizes that she didn't really want to do it. think about it. if she really did, then she would have found some way to obtain scissors that would precisely cut his golden locks off. those dull scissors implies that even though she didn't want to do it, her imperfection - the desire for wealth - got the better of her.

    "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"

    Again, Samson expresses his forgiveness.

    "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"

    This shows how their story is a tragedy.
  • l
    +1
    laritax12Sep 26, 2008 at 4:51 am
    this song relly means to me and yah every time i'm hearing this song its make me remember all the things,the emotion,the love,every thing that we had shared and he knoe who he was. I do hope that he also does though maybe he don't even know this song.mwahhh
  • n
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    nahaAug 31, 2008 at 12:48 pm
    i think that the song means showing love indifferently...love is expressed in many different ways like delilah did to samson...anyway we are of different personalities with different ways of showing love.

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