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Song Released: 1988


Stand Lyrics

Stand in the place where you live
Now face North
Think about direction
Wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face West
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before

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    anonymous
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    Sep 25th, 2011 9:50pm report


    I don't think it's all that complicated.

    Have you ever tried giving someone driving directions using N/E/S/W instead of saying "turn right, then left, then another left, then 5 rights..."? Not a lot of people know what direction they are going.

    I like to think the inspiration for this song was born in an argument over badly explained driving directions.

    Personally, I ALWAYS use N/E/S/W when giving directions, but my wife usually scratches her head and says "you men I go straight, then right?" It's annoying. Love this song!



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    anonymous
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    Jul 4th, 2009 7:13am report


    I had to comment on daz90's interpretation. I think you have the message completely wrong. Your thoughts seem way off course. You have no sense of what the lyrics are about at all. There are NO references to gay sex being gay or anything about that. Get a life. It's totally about paying attention to what you really want in life be it your job, your partner etc. It is NOT exclusively about gay sex. Idiot.



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    dragonlady66
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    Apr 20th, 2009 4:46pm report


    My interpretation of this song is that it is about getting motivated and finding purpose in life instead of just going through the daily motions.



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    daz90
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    Jul 16th, 2007 7:43am report


    This song seems to be describing a persons homosexual fantasies. Inspiration is likely to have come from Michael Stipe's own sexual orientation. The song explicitly describes the procedures involved in his sexual encounters.
    "Think about direction"
    "Your head is there to move you around"

    When he says "Your feet are going to be on the ground" he is literally referring to the sex position he wants to engage in with his partner.
    "If you are confused check with the sun" describes the confusion many people face about their sexuality so he is basically saying if you are unsure about your sexuality you should see where your destiny lies by looking at the sun or other forms of astronomy.
    "Carry a compass to help you along" basically describes how crude navigation instruments can have other uses for sexual pleasure

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jul 15th, 2007 7:46pm report


    This song seems to be describing a persons homosexual fantasies. Inspiration is likely to have come from Michael Stipe's own sexual orientation. The song explicitly describes the procedures involved in his sexual encounters.
    "Think about direction"
    "Your head is there to move you around"

    When he says "Your feet are going to be on the ground" he is literally referring to the sex position he wants to engage in with his partner.
    "If you are confused check with the sun" describes the confusion many people face about their sexuality so he is basically saying if you are unsure about your sexuality you should see where your destiny lies by looking at the sun or other forms of astronomy.

    "Carry a compass to help you along" basically describes how crude navigation instruments can have other uses for sexual pleasure

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway


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    anonymous
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    Jun 13th, 2007 6:25pm report


    The message in the the simplest way I can put is PAY F***'n ATTENTION.

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway



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