REM: Everybody Hurts Meaning
Song Released: 1993
Covered By: Jasmine Thompson (2014)
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Everybody Hurts Lyrics
When you're sure you've had enough of this life, well hang on
Don't let yourself go, 'cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes
Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it's...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Oct 11th 2005 report
To correct earlier postings, this is NOT off the Monster album (which is indeed dedicated to River Phoenix -- "For River") but rather off Automatic for the People. Michael Stipe explained it as a song for people going through tough times -- and essentially saying "It happens to everyone, and I'm here for you." While he was close with Phoenix, this song was not about him.
2TOP RATED#2 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jan 3rd 2006 report
Basically it's about people go through many struggles and obstacles in life but you can go through it because many other people (friends, family) go through it as well. We all are human. Life is not perfect.
3TOP RATED#3 top rated interpretation:anonymous Jun 4th 2006 report
It seems like it is reaching out to those who think about committing suicide:
"When you think you've had too much of this life to hang on."
It is preaching the fact that there is always someone to look out for you, you just may not know it.
"When your day is night alone"
This is enforcing the suicide issue. Basically, when you are that down, your days will be full of your own dark sorrow and it will seem that it is all night.
anonymous Mar 24th 2012 report
Unlike many REM songs, this one does not need that much interpretation - it seems to say petty much what is on the tin/lable. Yet is it not the songs clear and direct words that sometimes gives its' power to help everybody that hurts?
anonymous Nov 9th 2009 report
It is aimed at teens killing themselves because highschool is such hell for them, look it up on wikipedia.
anonymous Oct 31st 2009 report
I Think It's just about the death of a loved one, and we all need to grieve and go through the process,and once we have gone through that then we can move on, but we will never forget.
anonymous Mar 20th 2008 report
This song is about how I feel at the moment. I have to be strong. My 3 children need me. The oldest is only 3 and my partner has left me. I hurt so much.
anonymous Dec 24th 2007 report
This song came out a year before Cobain's suicide. Cobain and Stipe were very close, and Stipe was one of the last people to talk to Kurt and try to help him. But it is said when Cobain killed himself he was listening to this song. They don't know for sure, but when investigators found his body R.E.M. was still playing on his stereo.....Just some info for ya.
anonymous Sep 24th 2005 report
To Michael Stipe, I'm sure that this song has deep personal meanings (possibly to do with the death of River Phoenix). However, as with all great songs, the meaning of this one is universal. There is something about the night which makes us all feel that we are alone. On our own to face our demons, on our own to face the pain in our lives, and on our own to face the emptiness of our own existance. This song encourages the listener to, "...hold on...". This is good advice. Though sometimes our circumstances seem overwhelming, another day, another hour, another minute may make all the difference.
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