Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Automatic for the People

Try Not To Breathe
I will try not to breathe

I can hold my head still with my hands at my knees
These eyes are the eyes of the old, shivering and bold
I will try not to breathe
This decision is mine. I have lived a full life

And these are the eyes that I want you to remember, oh
I need something to fly over my grave again
I need something to breathe
I will try not to burden you
I can hold these inside. I will hold my breath
Until all these shivers subside,
Just look in my eyes
I will try not to worry you
I have seen things that you will never see
Leave it to memory me. I shudder to breathe
I want you to remember, oh (you will never see)
I need something to fly (something to fly)
Over my grave again (you will never see)
I need something to breathe (something to breathe)
Baby, don't shiver now
Why do you shiver now? (I will see things you will never see)
I need something to fly (something to fly)
Over my grave again. (I will see things you will never see)
I need something to breathe, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
I will try not to worry you
I have seen things that you will never see
Leave it to memory me. Don't dare me to breathe
I want you to remember, oh (you will never see)
I need something to fly (something to fly)
Over my grave again (you will never see)
I need something to breathe (something to breathe)
Baby, don't shiver now
Why do you shiver? (I will see things you will never see)
I need something to breathe (something to breathe - I have seen things you will never see)

I want you to remember
Could. not. sleep. This song kept going through my head, so I found my headphones and lost myself in REM's Automatic for the People at an absurdly late hour last night. And, well, wow.

I have yet to connect with another group that generates music that moves me as much as REM does. I was never a fan in High School - I was the hard rock girl, not the alternative girl back then. But my boyfriend (turned husband) turned me on to REM and their deep catalog. This disc came out the year we met.

A great group of songs to listen to late at night. Their songs are so layered and lyrics so malleable ... filled with meaning that seems to adjust to the situation, or that you may not tap into the first time you hear the songs.

Automatic for the People
Drive
Try Not to Breathe
The Sidewinder Sleeps Tonight
Everybody Hurts
New Orleans Instrumental #1
Sweetness Follows
Monty Got a Raw Deal
Ignoreland
Star Me Kitten
Man on the Moon
Nightswimming
Find the River

4 comments:

  1. ooooooh..."Nightswimming" is my fave from this CD. I love REM - saw them in college (back when they still PLAYED colleges!)and it was absolute magic. Still is.

    (Oh, and random Athens, GA/REM trivia: Did you know that "Automatic for the People" is the slogan on a sign outside Weaver D's - a hole in the wall on Broad St in Athens that servers the absolute BEST Southern/Soul food anywhere? Been there - munched and munched - licked my fingers afterwards. OM, NOM, NOM!)

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  2. Ever since I posted this, I am hearing songs from this CD all over the radio. It's a great CD. I saw them in concert too, at an outdoor venue whose name escapes me in Northern VA. The most memorable moment was Micheal Stipe holding a mirrorball by her face when he sang "Tongue" off Monster. That song is now the Mirrorball song, as far as I'm concerned. :)

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  3. BWAH! Was that a Freudian slip when you called Michael Stipe "her", or did he have an operation I don't know about?!

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  4. OMG, totally a freudian slip! :'O

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