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I've found a way to make you smile
I've found a way
A way to make you smile

I read bad poetry
Into your machine.
I save your messages
Just to hear your voice.
You always listen carefully
To awkward rhymes.
You always say your...

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    anonymous
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    Sep 25th, 2016 9:04pm report


    There are infinite ways to make love to your woman other than sex and I think that is what this song is about. I sometimes sing my wife to sleep as I hold her in my arms. We have a few favorites but this one is at the top of the list. As I sang it to her last week, each time I would reach the end of the song, she would ask me to "do it again." It was very sexy. She was like a small child wanting to enjoy the moment over and over again. Who would have thought that the rock band R. E. M. would be wise to the romantic techniques I have spent my entire married life perfecting and help me to implement them!



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    anonymous
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    Dec 21st, 2011 12:49pm report


    It's about love



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    anonymous
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    Jul 17th, 2007 7:34am report


    Every loving moment in this song is experienced in a removed way. Love expressed through an answering machine message. Counting eyelashes while the other one pretends to sleep, eyes closed. The most loving moments in the relationship are not done face-to-face, fully engaged, but at a distance. But there is still the tenderest affection in those moments. The line "You always say your name/like I wouldn't know it's you" always gets me teary-eyed, because my wife does that when leaving messages as well.

    I feel that the song is bittersweet -- those moments they have are special and full of love, but they are removed, even if just a little bit. For me, the saddest part about the song is the title itself, and what it means in the song. Whenever he sings "At My/Your Most Beautiful," it's at a moment when the beautiful person can't even be seen by the other. "At Your Most Beautiful" is when "you" are on the answering machine. "At My Most Beautiful" is when "your" eyes are closed and "you" can't see "me." In other words, we're at our most beautiful when we're out of sight; we're at our most beautiful in the minds of our lovers.



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    hlouie
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    Jan 16th, 2007 1:49am report


    To me, it's about finding your passion in life. The thing that makes you smile; your true love. In the video, the woman's passion is her music. No matter how bad her day is, the one thing that she loves--that makes her feel beautiful--is playing her cello.




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