Feist: 1234

Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda


1 2 3 4
Tell me that you love me more
Sleepless long nights that is what my youth was for
Old teenage hopes are lying at your door
Left you with nothing, but they want some more

CHORUS: Oh, you are changing your heart
Oh, you know who you are

Sweet heart, bitter heart, now I can't tell you apart
Cozy and cold, put the horse before the cart
Those teenage hopes who have tears in their eyes
Too scared to own up to one little lie

CHORUS: Oh, you're changing your heart
Oh, you know who you are

1 2 3 4 5 6 9 or 10
Money can't buy you back the that you had then
1 2 3 4 5 6 9 or 10
Money can't buy you back the love that you had then

CHORUS: Oh, you're changing your heart
Oh, you know who you are
Oh, you're changing your heart
Oh, you know who you are, who you are

Before, before the teenage boys
They're breaking your heart
Before the teenage boys
They're breaking your heart

artist: Feist
songwriter: Sally Seltmann
date released: 2007 by Feist

Leslie Feist was born in Amherst, Nova Scotia, in 1976. Both her parents were artists; her father was an abstract expressionist painter and her mother, a ceramics artist. The couple divorced and Lyn Feist moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, and then to Calgary Alberta with her two children.

Feist's first taste of performance came at the age of twelve when she danced with 1000 other youth for the Calgary Winter Olympics.

At the age of fifteen, Feist was already experimenting with alternative music. Joining a Calgary punk band called Placebo, she rocked her way playing all the roles from backup music to lead vocalist. Soon she was touring around Canada, the U.S. and Europe. It was in Toronto in 2001 where she joined an idie rock group and produced her first successful album, "Let It Die" for which she won two Juno Awards in 2004 for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Rock Album.

Fast forward to 2007 when Feist released her solo album, "The Reminder" which contained her huge surprise hit, "1234". Later, Feist would joke that it was her dual Canadian-American citizenship (her father was American), that landed "1234" the feature spot in an Apple iPod nano commercial and a place in major rockdom. "1234" won another Juno Award for Feist as "Single of the Year". Moving on to major television exposure, Feist performed her hit song on Sesame Street teaching children to count, and then on late night with Saturday Night Live.

In 2019, Feist had a major career boost when Sesame Street called for her services for a changed rendition of 1-2-3-4 for a program on its show for kids. One of the most popular “Sesame Street” songs is “1,2,3,4,” a take-off on Feist’s 2007 indie hit. With a Muppet cast that includes Elmo, Rosita, some penguins and vacation-ready chickens, it’s the appearance that the Canadian singer-songwriter gets recognized for the most, she said. The “Sesame” version of the song, released in 2008, has over 240 million YouTube views; the original has about 13 million.

Whenever she’s traveling, a breathless parent will stop her for a photo. They say, “Do you mind, my 3-year-old has watched it 7,000 times,” Feist said. “And I say yes, but I always joke: You notice me because you’re a grown-up — the 3-year-olds are really only interested in the puppets. And without fail, the kids are just sort of looking at me like, who is this weird lady in the airport?”

In a phone interview, Feist described what it was like to perform on “Sesame Street.” “It kind of just felt like playing,” she said. “It really didn’t feel like, we’re filming something that will far outshine anything else that I will do in the rest of my life.” These are edited excerpts from the conversation.

"Getting the call “It was a no-brainer. I handed myself over, knowing that they would rewrite the lyrics, and that the whole thing would be very much out of my control, because the caliber [of the show] has been so high my whole life.”