Wallet

Songfacts®:

  • On this song about a lost wallet, Spektor sings about tracking down its owner via their Blockbuster Video card. Spin magazine asked if this actually happened to her? She replied: "Well, I don't want to destroy someone's relationship with my songs by talking about them - why limit something that could be so limitless? But the one thing about that song that perplexes me the most is what's going to happen in 10 years. Will anyone even know what the hell I'm talking about? Do you think Blockbuster will even exist anymore?"
  • Spektor told Pitchfork Media: "I wrote that song a bunch of years ago and I remember playing it on tour and thinking, 'Do they even know what Blockbuster is in other countries?' Now I might need to change it to Netflix. [laughs] It's like one of those songs that you listen to from the 20s and ask, 'What's a kaputnik?' It's this thing that was obviously very important because they're singing about it, but it just doesn't exist anymore. That's why Bach and Mozart had it right by not putting in any words and making timeless instrumental music. In 300 years, when our great-great-great-grandchildren are checking out music by putting their finger into entertainment sockets, they're not going to know what 'Blockbuster' or 'Netflix' or 'Juicy Fruit' are. They'll be like, 'What's fruit?' They'll probably be living in a cement pod and eating food through intravenous tubes. They're not going to know any of this s--t."
  • This was one of the tracks on Far that was produced by Jeff Lynne, who Spektor requested after discovering he produced Tom Petty's Highway Companion album.

Comments: 2

  • Cj from Oak Creek, WiI literally lol'd at Regina prospects of the future children. Entertainment sockets. What's fruit? Regina, you're too adorable. :)
  • Kimmie from Dallas, GaI was so glad to see this song make the cut for her new cd. The quality is infinitely better than the original (cell phone recorded) version I have.
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