Losing My Religion


Losing My Religion – R.E.M.

LOSING MY RELIGION
by R.E.M.

Oh life, it’s bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I set it up

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour
I’m choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I set it up

Consider this
Consider this, the hint of the century
Consider this, the slip
That brought me to my knees, failed
What if all these fantasies come
Flailing around
Now I’ve said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream

* * *

R.E.M.
Bill Berry – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1980–1997)
Peter Buck – lead guitar, mandolin, banjo (1980–2011)
Mike Mills – bass, backing vocals, keyboards (1980–2011)
Michael Stipe – lead vocals (1980–2011)

R.E.M. – Politically the group shared a Liberal and Progressive outlook. Michael Stipe was involved with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. R.E.M. helped raise funds for environmental, feminist and human rights causes, and were involved in campaigns to encourage voter registration. R.E.M. were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.

R.E.M. –  A curiosity with an obvious answer. The initials R.E.M. stand for ‘rapid eye movement’, which occurs when one is dreaming. Sleep characterized by random movement of the eyes, low muscle tone throughout the body, and the propensity of the sleeper to dream vividly. The right and left hemispheres of the brain are more coherent in REM sleep, especially during lucid dreams.

A lucid dream is any dream during which the dreamer is aware that they are dreaming. During lucid dreaming, the dreamer may be able to exert some degree of control over the dream characters, narrative, and environment. ‘Lucid Dream’ was coined by Dutch author and psychiatrist Frederik van Eeden in his 1913 article ‘A Study of Dreams’, though descriptions of dreamers being aware that they are dreaming predates the term. [Wikipedia – assorted pages used]

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