Aesop Rock - No Regrets Lyrics

Lucy was 7 and wore a head of blue barettes
City born, into this world with no knowledge and no regrets
Had a piece of yellow chalk with which she'd draw upon the street
The many faces of the various locals that she would meet
There was joshua, age 10
Bully of the block
Who always took her milk money at the morning bus stop
There was Mrs. Crabtree, and her poodle
She always gave a wave and holler on her weekly trip down to the bingo
And she drew
Men, women, kids, sunsets, clouds
And she drew
Skyscrapers, fruit stands, cities, towns
Always said hello to passers-by
They'd ask her why she passed her time
Attachin lines to concrete
But she would only smile
Now all the other children living in or near her building
Ran around like tyrants, soaking up the open fire hydrants
They would say
"Hey little Lucy, wanna come jump double dutch?"
Lucy would pause, look, grin and say
"I'm busy, thank you much"
Well, well, one year passed
And believe it or not
She covered every last inch of the entire sidewalk,
And she stopped-
"Lucy, after all this, you're just giving in today??"
She said:
"I'm not giving in, I'm finished," and walked away

[Chorus: x2]
1 2 3
That's the speed of the seed
That's the speed of the need
You can dream a little dream
Or you can live a little dream
I'd rather live it
Cuz dreamers always chase
But never get it

Now Lucy was 37, and introverted somewhat
Basement apartment in the same building she grew up in
She traded in her blue barettes for long locks held up with a clip
Traded in her yellow chalk for charcoal sticks
And she drew
Little bobby who would come to sweep the porch
And she drew
The mailman, delivered everyday at 4
Lucy had very little contact with the folks outside her cubicle day
But she found it suitable, and she liked it that way
She had a man now: Rico, similar, hermit
They would only see each other once or twice a week on purpose
They appreciated space and Rico was an artist too
So they'd connect on saturdays to share the pictures that they drew
Now every month or so, she'd get a knock upon the front door
Just one of the neighbors,
Actin nice, although she was a strange girl, really
Say, "Lucy, wanna join me for some lunch??"
Lucy would smile and say "I'm busy, thank you much"
And they would make a weird face the second the door shut
And run and tell their friends how truly crazy Lucy was
And lucy knew what people thought but didn't care
Cuz while they spread their rumors through the street
She'd paint another masterpiece

[Chorus x2]

Lucy was 87, upon her death bed
At the senior home, where she had previously checked in
Traded in the locks and clips for a head rest
Traded in the charcoal sticks for arthritis, it had to happen
And she drew no more, just sat and watched the dawn
Had a television in the room that she'd never turned on
Lucy pinned up a life worth's of pictures on the wall
And sat and smiled, looked each one over, just to laugh at it all
No Rico, he had passed, 'bout 5 years back
So the visiting hours pulled in a big flock o' nothin
She'd never spoken once throughout the spanning of her life
Until the day she leaned forward, grinned and pulled the nurse aside
And she said:
"Look, I've never had a dream in my life
Because a dream is what you wanna do, but still haven't pursued
I knew what I wanted and did it till it was done
So I've been the dream that I wanted to be since day one!"
The nurse jumped back,
She'd never heard Lucy even talk,
'Specially words like that
She walked over to the door, and pulled it closed behind
Then Lucy blew a kiss to each one of her pictures
And she died.

[Chorus x2]

1 2 3...
A B C...

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Aesop Rock No Regrets Comments
  1. Leonard Kowalski

    I think I interpreted these lyrics incorrectly but I interpreted them the way I wanted to. Hermits Unite!

  2. froz

    Fuck novels, this is my literature.

  3. Channel Six

    Aesop = Best Rapper/artist of all time

  4. David Kim

    this song still give me chills 🔥

  5. Christopher Reeves

    My absolute, all-time, favorite rapper. But I'm just a middle-aged white man from the suburbs of Portland, so what do I know?

  6. Brandon

    Lucy got a reputation around them rhymesayers. God loves ugly.

  7. redhotchilifan98

    Hes criminally underrated

  8. Alexander Mangaard

    Anthem of a dreamer

  9. Shatton Zubieta

    2019 where ya at?!

    Luke Salazar

    Hell yeah

    Dylan Hills

    Listening to Led Zeppelin, Boston, Ozzy, Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Styx, Sam Cooke, Van Halen, Sammy Hagar.... I can keep going if you want. The year you're in right now does not declassify great tunes. I'm so tired of the "2019?? Anybody??..." Shut your mom and just enjoy.

  10. David Ring

    This is my favorite story telling song....EVER

  11. Lorenzo Ruberti

    Speed of the seed, speed of the need. What could aes mean by this?

  12. Kevin Hendrixx

    One of the aesop tracks that u can understand. I like when he does story telling

    Jake Ryan

    The Harbor is Yours is even better. If you haven't heard it.

  13. MrPodaBear

    I got here from a 9gag comment on a picture of a girl coloring her walkway with color chalk.

  14. Mitch wojcik

    "Look, I've never had a dream in my life
    Because a dream is what you want to do, but still haven't pursued
    I knew what I wanted and did it till it was done
    So i've been the dream that I wanted to be since day one!"

  15. Patrik Bordovsky


  16. mrfrankthetank

    All those different and unique, brilliant lyrics and poetry, and not a single swear word. This guy is a legend

  17. Dillon DeShane

    "Im not giving in I'm finished and walked away"

  18. Dillon DeShane

    For somebody that i use to know

  19. Andy Mejia

    Named my girl Lucy (dog in my picture there) after this song. I'm gonna be a fucking wreck when she passes. Lol

  20. roope akkila

    Hip hop foreva!

  21. Grigory Kelner

    I m view number 123 ABC

  22. Famburgler

    fuck you lucy for not needin me

  23. invoke blossom

    Yo ask her

  24. Cameron Kincaid

    A true poet.

  25. John Doe

    Length of the songs is 432.... coincidence maybe....

  26. Gray Saltine

    This is *still* the best rap song I've ever heard.

  27. jonathan aiglon

    who wants the sample?

  28. jonathan aiglon

    so cultural and deep

  29. jonathan aiglon


  30. Václav Činátl

    lol I have chills fron those lyrics :-o

  31. karaokepoet

    This is totally my daughter <3

  32. David Parker

    Ive just found the drawing I Did for my mum whist listening to this that I never finshed. She must have seleotaped the pencil to the pad because its still there. It's about 20 years old now, how wierd is that. I loved this guy. Maybe I should have listened more closely to what he was saying.

  33. Sneezac

    Well... first i'm able to understand clearly what he means, and the fucker changed my perspectives on life.

  34. Alex Datura

    This song sucks dick.

  35. jeanette koontz

    Like that y'all

  36. Matthew Lankford

    This is dope!!!!!!

  37. karaokepoet

    this song IS my daughter <3

  38. Delzy pee

    this modasucker sounds like he's reading a Shakespeare novel,you call this rap,fucking wack beat too.

  39. Christen Alannah

    this song is goals

  40. BlackForestKaiser

    I love how each Aesop song is such a uniquely crafted masterpiece with a genuinely beautiful and meaningful story. He has the I swear he has the intelligence of one of history's greatest philosophers in his head he deserves world wide recognition ten times over.

  41. Aaron Hendren

    play this at my funeral please

  42. River Travis

    This should be more popular

  43. beepst

    Beautiful song and lyrics.

  44. khira

    How come there are so many grammatical errors?

  45. conscious observer

    Lucy is lucifer. Rico -

    Wake up Ace.. You aren't the source of your art.


    Nigga's playing 4D chess

  46. Cytti Soto

    Oscar bad ass

  47. melvinism

    This correlates well with my aspirations!

    Johannes Climacus

    I see you everywhere dude-ile!


    Johannes Climacus I'm a travellin man. Moving through places space and time.


    You could dream a little dream or you could live a little dream.

  48. Pedro Galvan

    My gf name is Lucy and she also loves to paint , love this song

  49. Wesley Stone

    anyone ever think that Lucy may have autism?

    One Entire Lemon

    maybe, you can be introverted as fuck without being autistic though..

    NeverKnows Best

    @One Entire Lemon no.

    ClouDy FreakZ

    I'm an introvert. Lucy seem just like me

  50. Naijshua Thomas

    This song just came to my mind, years later. I guess great things are never forgotten.

  51. Sarah Peden

    Is that the fiddle bit underneath the chorus sampled from Last of the Mohicans?

    Cutie Jewliani

    Its sampled from The Chicken Brothers third album "Pass The Gravy, Chicken Woman". The song it's sampled from is called "In The Dog House, Again".

  52. Tyler McWilliam

    I wish more Aesop Rock songs were like this and made sense


    +Tyler McWilliam They do make sense, you just have to do a little digging, what you hear is never what he's saying.

  53. jimmy reilly

    love this damn song

  54. iloveyoufoo1


  55. Rufaro Faith

    Another round ✨

  56. Shawn Seaton


  57. LyricalCoffee

    this is an underrated masterpiece!

    Shamanic Empowerment School

    This is one of my top favorite songs EVER and my anthem <3

  58. Jason Sanders

    the dislikes are just joshua with 38 different accounts

    jesshroom pothead

    Jason Sanders wahhahahah🤣

    isaiah veirs

    Jason Sanders that's really clever.


    Most likely lol Joshuas are cunts

    dalen lotterhand


  59. MrAnymeansnecessary
    This woman is a real life Lucy who died recently.

    Thidwicks Ultimatum

    +MrAnymeansnecessary - Ask Slug, he has a similar story.

  60. Crossbow Tim

    I work in a pretty shitty "ghetto" and "heroined" area of town, I had to give a coworker a ride home a few nights ago and I had a burnt CD with this and some Del and People Under the Stairs on it, kid was like "what is this??" Wish I had another hour or two to drive... had some good stuff to show 'em.

    Charlie Smith

    I love those experiences. share tha tunes!

    3rdEyEulogy Ænima

    sure it wasn't, what is this junk?

    3rdEyEulogy Ænima

    can't stand his voice

    Mango Productions

    thats awesome

  61. MR MILL3R

    Can't get enough of this song

  62. Jake Kill

    oh Aesop rock, though people say he's an okay rapper but with my ears I here pure poetry. Not everything needs to be in a rap flow.

    Felipe Segura

    Jake Kill that's what rap is if done correctly, if anything Aesop is influential like Herman Melville.

    Sam No

    excuse me,... this IS a rap flow xD

    Empty V

    Hes got an insane flow, espscially on his newer shit with tobacco or his own produced album
    , and even bazooka tooth, freeze and mars attacks etc whacky good flow

    Dan Fontaine

    I can't even get people to begin to appreciate his music. I cold bought Bazooka Tooth at Best Buy back in the day because I heard his name in a forum and I liked the album art. Admittedly, it was hard listening at first but I pushed through the album and damn I couldn't even estimate how many times I replayed that album delivering jimmy john's

  63. Micah Brossiet

    Back in 4th grade my music teacher brought in one of her friends, I recognized him as the drummer who played at our veterans assembly's and such. Well, he came in with a full turntable set, headphones, the whole deal. He showed us how everything worked, and played this while he scratched over it. Flash 4-5 years in the future, here I am, still listening to this masterpiece.


    Or maybe just a DJ who had Aes tracks.

    form TEN

    It night have just been a dj that had aesop tracks but kodos to the teacher who showed young kids a different type of way to make and appreciate music

  64. Julian Bell

    Aesop Rock is one of the most lyrical rappers ever. His flow, while very good, is not on par with the greats like Eminem, Rakim, or Biggie, but I dare say that his metaphors are better than anybody that i know of.

  65. Bob C

    Bully of the block, clearly.

    Kameron Chan

    +Bob C Again, you are wrong.

    massimo magistrali

    +Bob C Not sure u are aware of this, but Aesop Rock released a booklet that has the lyrics to about 60 songs of his. These lyrics are directly from Aesop Rock's lyrics book, so for you to say "naw the word is this obviously" just fucking hurts my head :)


    +Bob C

  66. Filippo Maurri

    thank you for uploading this with the lyrics!

  67. Tom Ebbs

    one two three that's the speed of the seed, a b c that's the speed of the need. I just needed to get that out of my system. this song is my mantra.

  68. Andy Sutherland

    the first 35000 words where taken out of Shakespeare's plays and there where 5170 different words. they did the same thing with aesop's songs until they added up 35000 words. he had 7392 different words. this fact just blows my mind about this mans skills

    Josh Embrey

    (Two years later) it's also worth noting that Shakespeare invented his own words and Aes didn't.

    A I R T I M E

    Not to mention Aesop is rhyming!?! Half rhymes in the middle of sentences, accounting for rhythm and double meanings etc. Aes shits on Shakespeare :)

    Dustin Nix

    @A I R T I M Ereading "aes shits on Shakespeare" dead ass just made my day thank you 😂😂😂

    Andy Mejia

    @Dustin Nix same. Lol

    bad person

    @A I R T I M E nope.
    Shakespeare is better than all of these rappers.
    Their work is different. You can't compare.
    Shakespeare influenced whole language while lyricists are only limited for music

  69. Shakalim Long

    It took me a while to realize that all of the characters in this song are I Love Lucy characters.

    Cyrus Huxford

    +Sparky Finn What do you mean out of curiosity?

    Thidwicks Ultimatum

    +Sparky Finn - The names are.

    Shakalim Long

    Lucy - Lucille Ball
    Rico - Ricky 

  70. Tom Ebbs

    Once again I have to say this is My favourite Track Aesop Rock has ever released. This whole song, along with Bug Zapper and Coffee. Other Lyricists Pale in comparison. Apart from Aristotle and Yelawolf and Action Bronson I'd have to say that he's my favourite

    Felipe Segura

    Tom Ebbs I agree, on my top 5 I got to say this number 4, 3 is daylight then nightlight and last is take me to the basement.

    jonathan aiglon

    bronson yep!

  71. Tom Ebbs

    This is arguably the best mix I have heard from Rock.

  72. wissen

    holy shit

  73. YouKnow WhoItIs


  74. Dirty Bubble


    James Portoraro

    +Tom Soy Sauce Nice doom pic

  75. Jessica Maslyk

    Did we write this song?  MUST NOT SLEEP
    love you.

  76. Professor Jeffy

    Are there any other Aesop Rock songs with lyrics this clear? Big fan of this song.


    This was written by Slug. You'd love Atmosphere.

    Professor Jeffy

    I love Atmosphere! This totally sounds like something he would write, so that makes sense.

    Narek Petrosyan

    +TheKlassikKiller this was written by Aesop, not Slug.

    Roman Kappert

    Holy Smokes and almost everything off "The impossible Kid"

    Also Daylight, Nightlight.

    Skyler Rothman

    I know I'm late but Kirby and Rings are both clear. Rickety Rackety takes a little decoding but is still understandable as well

  77. Chyna Frey

    This song gives me chills. 

    CoveDweller mmfwcl

    I'm not just pointing out the stupidity of your actions ..Lol

    Robert Lee

    +bikini inspector bahahahahah he only added Aesop to the experiment because people begged him too.


    Andy Sutherland Jesus Christ


    CoveDweller mmfwcl You mean you're?

    amanda frisbie

    REAL SHIT will do that (:

  78. Rosaline Capulet

    No ragrets.. like not even a single letter.. haha 

  79. Alira Raymer

    I'm a fan of Aesop Rock, but my god, a lot of the fans are assholes.

    Professor Jeffy

    This song is about living a life separate from others and being superior to them, any shock that fans of music like that might be assholes?


    That's almost every artist's fans if you look deep enough. There's hard headed & open minded. Just weave out the idiots as best as you can!

    Zack Augustus

    @js1210js being superior? isn't that just kind of a perspective..

  80. Grey

    You really have to listen to music, not just skim through it. Aesop drops some serious knowledge in every song, you just have to catch it.


    Nice renegade quote at the start there.

  81. Grant Larson

    I've come to the conclusion that Michelle Knox is either a fantastic satirist or a caricature of herself... and therefore, inadvertently, still a great satirist.

  82. A.R. Taylor

    Tracks like these justify musicians being labelled 'artists'

  83. I agree

    Introverted somewhat*

  84. percepticide

    ugh... Alright i agree that a lot of aesops stuff doesnt make much sense. This song however has a pretty clear story if you dont understand you have comprehension issues.  Basically it follows Lucy  who was an artist and she spent her time drawing because that was her "dream".  She spent her life doing what she enjoyed and had no regrets and died knowing she did what she wanted. Also commentary on how you can sit there and dream or you can get moving and do it so that it isnt a "dream".


    @percepticide Unfortunately, most people who listen to rap wouldn't even understand that. All they care about these days is bang bang shoot-em-up hooker hooker money drug.

    john wetzel

    +percepticide Except she was born with no knowledge and no regrets, implying she would have both later. The song is also about how if you're consumed by your dreams you're going to miss out on everything life has to offer.

  85. Flying Dutchmaster

    is lucy acid, that would be trippy as fuck


    I never made that connection, could well be, but then does that make it a Beatles reference? Like, does anyone actually call it that outside of Lucy in their song?

  86. Saatvik chugh

    This Guy is Fuckin Dope.....Amazing flow wit Dope Scripts....Aesop Rock is Dope tbh peeps...

  87. doomfan12345

    My first Aesop Rock track; possible one of the best underground tracks ever.

  88. Amante

    This video is so full of grammatical errors that it makes me want to post my own lyrics'd video to youtube... but really, those who are legit know all the lyrics to this song by heart already, so eh :)


    @Kameron Chan 'Introverted someone' does that make sense? Haha

    Kameron Chan

    @iWishMyNameWasBetter I get it and that is what he says. It does make sense.

    Bob C

    +Kameron Chan Introverted some what. Face palm shit.

    Kameron Chan

    +Bob C Face palm shit? Read the first sentence in the second verse from the pic in my video son and tell me what it says.

    Bob Loblaw

    +Rebazar No one's a special type of anything. least of all ya'll

  89. Kyle Olson

    I've heard this song so many times...but this is the first time I've listened to this and fully saw the story of lucy..every other time it was just a song. Damn Aesop, always full of surprises

  90. George Sturges

    I am view number 123,456. ツ

  91. theadman024

    @cujohasrabies: his name is Jeremy Fish, his work is all around San Francisco. Aesop also uses artwork from an artist named Aryz who lives in the San Francisco area too

  92. DeltaNineRnmbr1

    is lucy real?? i saw thomas and elizabeth on the wall, the art was dope i wana see more.


    She haunts the dreams of those that doubt her.

  93. Jasmine Zecchini

    Look. I've never had a dream in my life 'cause a dream is what you wanna do but still haven't pursued. I knew what I wanted and did it 'til it was done, so I've been the dream that I wanted to be since day one... best quote of all times <3

    Jasmine Zecchini

    omg yess those were awesome ones too!!! the one i put just totally explains me tho :)

    Sullen Choirboy

    @Jasmine Zecchini marry me

    Sullen Choirboy

    @Jasmine Zecchini

    Jasmine Zecchini

    Lol @Eric Poole​ 😂 we'll talk about it over dinner ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°

    Josh Embrey

    It'd be fucking great if you guys actuality did grab dinner and get hitched.

  94. Trevor Cory


  95. Tomis Muska

    lucy sounds like a horrible cog in the wheel of shitty america... lol