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Rockland Country by Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor singing “Rockland County”. Unfortunately, the recording apparently is cut off, but this is the only version of this song available.

Rockland County is the suburban county 12 miles northwest of New York City.



Condescending down the stairs
I’m condescending down the stairs
I look out for a moment
Condescending down the stairs
I’m condescending down the stairs
I look down at the bottles

I just know I got something coming
If I got anything coming at all
I just know I got something coming
If I got anything coming at all

There are immigrants, I know
Who came, like me, as little kids
They think that today it’s so different
They believe that immigrant
Shouldn’t be aloud to come here anymore
They do bad for the economy

I just know they got something coming
If they got anything coming at all
I just know they got something coming
If they got anything coming at all

When I landed I didn’t see
The Statue of Liberty
Like so many immigrants before me
In the airplane, I didn’t sleep
I stayed up watching ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’
in English — I loved it, but didn’t understand it

Then I woke up in the middle of the night
In a big room with golden curtains and a fold-out couch
I thought I was in heaven or in Cinderella
Then I woke up in the middle of the night
In a big room in my cousin’s house in Rockland County
I thought I was in heaven or in Cinderella

I heard the swimming pool noises
I didn’t know there were swimming pool noises
I heard the swimming pool noises
And there was a dog, a dog, a real live dog
I heard the swimming pool noises
I didn’t know there were swimming pool noises
I heard the swimming pool noises
And there was a dog, a dog, a real live dog

Ooh…

Spektor was born in Moscow, Soviet Union in 1980 to a musical Russian Jewish family.

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