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  1. anonymous
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    Mar 28th 2012 report


    This song makes me feel as if I am souring through the sky... TO ME it is about spirit and new life and covers me in bumpy sexy goose flesh. I think he is speaking about death and rebirth and his agony over sharing his experience. He has gone through a metamorphosis of some variety and he feels old & dead because of it. He is saying that he thinks he might be alive but he isn't SURE because he feels invisible, as if he's passed on to a new place. He can't believe how much sadness he has seen. He wants you to look into his goose eyes -as they are now- because he wants you to realize how he has been changed by all he has experienced. He will try not to breathe because breathing is inspiration. (Imagine a goose saying, "I will try not to fly.") Breathing is a part of life. We must do it in order to live. I think he is saying he will try not to live and he will play dead. He wants you to know that he has lived a full life, so if he wills himself to stop breathing, the decision is his and no one should be sad for him. He wants to cook his own goose. He doesn't want to share some of the awful things he has seen and learned. "Leave it to memory me." He is commanding himself to keep his knowledge in his own mind for his own memories and never to forget the pain he has seen. He speaks about shivers and shudders and all of this means he is convulsing with fear over breathing & living and contributing his wisdom. He then reveals his will to live when he says, "I need something to fly over my grave again. I need something to breathe." Perhaps he is speaking to himself, the goose. Geese can usually fly. Here he is suggesting that he WANTS inspiration and that he does NOT wish to die. He is conflicted and tortured. He is saying he doesn't want to be a burden and lay all of the heaviness he has experienced upon his Loved ones. He will try to keep all of his newfound awareness inside. The funny thing is, no one can keep intense emotions and feelings and thoughts inside or they WILL die. Michael Stipe knows this damn well. Perhaps he looks old now because life does that to a person/goose who has been through rough experiences. He will try not to worry you with his pain or his agedness. He is willing all of it to retreat to his memory bank. Then he freaks us out by saying I want YOU to remember. He has decided that he WANTS to dispense his insight with/to whomever he is singing. "Don't dare me to breathe" means he is bursting at the seams with life, spirit and breath. Giving/imparting/passing on philosophies and impressions is what makes us ALIVE. He has decided that he wants to live.. This song is about enlightenment, shelling out thoughts & ideas (and there is no such thing as a bad one). It is about vibrating, quivering, quaking and geese for sure. Thank you REM for giving me eyes.

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