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Regina Spektor: Folding Chair Meaning


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Folding Chair Lyrics

Come and open up your folding chair next to me

My feet are buried in the sand and there's a breeze

There's a shadow you can't see my eyes

And the sea is just a wetter version of the skies

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  1. anonymous
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    May 29th 2012 report

    The person above's interpretation makes a lot of sense! After I looked at it, it really made sense. I wanted to elaborate with it..

    "Now I've been sitting on this abandoned beach for years
    Waiting for the salty water to cover up my ears
    But every time the tide comes in to take me home
    I get scared and I'm just sitting here alone"

    This part would mean that she's has been alone and thinking about suicide for years now, but every time she's ready to embrace death she gets scared and can't do it. And that last line says that she doesn't have anyone to help or counsel her.
    She just wants someone to help her understand what she can't understand by herself.

  2. anonymous
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    Aug 9th 2011 report

    I read some interpretations of this song on another site, and was surprised about how LITERALLY people are taking these beautiful, figurative lines. I STRONGLY DOUBT this song is about a little mermaid, or a girl in love with someone who waits by the sea.

    In my humble opinion, this song portraits someone who is very depressed, contemplating suicide. when she talks about waiting to be "taken home", I am pretty positive she is alluding to doing the Dutch. She jokes harshly about the absurdity of life in the first verse which beautifully characterizes American consumerism.

    -She doesn't want A SPECIFIC guy. She wants ANYONE to leave their silly, busy, materialistic life for a split-second and come hold her and discuss the absurdity of life with her. ANYONE.

    Don't we all just want to be held and reassured we're not crazy?

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