17 December 2008

Words for Wednesday: Losing My Religion

So I can't believe how many weeks I have been doing "Words for Wednesday" posts and this is my first R.E.M. song. I love R.E.M. and have loved them since 1984. So many of their songs are poetry, amazing poetry. "Losing My Religion" was one of their more popular songs and maybe that is because it is such and evocative song. The thing I most love about it is that it could be about so many things and it all depends on what you bring to it. There's a lot of pain in these words, but the way they are expressed makes you feel that you are not alone in your own pain rather than just feeling sympathetic.

R.E.M. - Losing My Religion

Oh, life is 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

(chorus)
That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight, I'm
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

(repeat chorus)

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

2 comments:

sarawithnoh said...

I always found the video a bit odd but I do love this song and almost anything REM would have great lyrics, right?!

Emily Barton said...

So, so many good R.E.M. songs to post, aren't there? This one is one of my favorites, too.