"Pilgrimage" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Take a turn take a turn
Take our fortune take our fortune

They called the clip a two headed cow
Your hate clipped and distant your luck pilgrimage
Rest assured this will not last take a turn for the worst
Your hate clipped and distant your luck a two headed cow
The pilgrimage has gained momentum
Take a turn take a turn
Take our fortune take our fortune

Speakin' in tongues it's worth a broken lip
Your hate clipped and distant, your luck, pilgrimage
Rest assured this will not last, take a turn for the worst
Your hate clipped and distant, your luck a two-headed cow
The pilgrimage has gained momentum
Take a turn, take a turn
Take our fortune, take our fortune

Pilgrimage, pilgrimage.

Speakin' in tongues, it's worth a broken lip
Your hate clipped and distant, your luck
Rest assured this will not last, take a turn for the worst
Your hate clipped and distant, your luck two-headed
The pilgrimage has gained momentum
Take a turn, take a turn
Take our fortune, take our fortune

Pilgrimage, pilgrimage.
The pilgrimage has gained momentum
Take a turn, take a turn
Take our fortune, take our fortune
Take a turn, take a turn
Take our fortune, take our fortune


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"Pilgrimage" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +1
    General CommentI definitely hear "take our fortune" and other lyrics sites I've checked out seem to agree. Then again, with Stipe's mumbling vocal style during this period, it could be either I guess. That's kind of an aspect I like about this album, because it makes things even more open to interpetation.
    destroyalltacoson July 18, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor the longest time, this had been my favorite REM song. I still consider it one of their top 5 of all-time.

    I once read an interview back in the 80's with the band that, when asked about this song in particular, Stipe mentioned that during the recordinbg sessions for the album "murmur" the band fell in love with the overlaying track machine (48 track) in the studio, no more so than on this song. His specific quote about the song was that, with the ability to heap layer upon layer of vocals and sounds for the song, that the intent of the song, like the music itself, was "way buried."

    I'll leave it at that
    peacefrogxon September 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationPeople speak in tongues when possessed by the holy spirit. The pilgrimage is also associated with religion or spirituality. For the longest time I heard the lyric as "take up watching" which could be associated with watchfulness or mindfulness. It's also really interesting how the music of the song totally changes halfway through the song.
    stormvilleon February 20, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI simply love this song, especialy the intro. That really struck me the first time I heard it. Not really sure what it's about, but to me it seems like something about luck, and how people (and bands - like themselves) are around, will be around for a while but will eventually not be around anymore and be replaced by someone else who will inherit the "fortune".
    jc499on October 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love that opening bass line. It's perfect.
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    Jakeberton December 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've had this album for a couple decades, but now that I've downloaded it into the iPod, I can't stop listening to this song...
    sparky13on December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's an unusual and indeed that sounds distinctive from their first album, hearing this sound first the first time and they're instantly recognizable, very cool :-) Good song too, btw.
    bernlin2000on January 12, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commenti've always taken this song as a political call to arms, or just to engage the spirit...

    the lyrics here are incorrect, it's "take a turn/take off marching"
    ZinbobDanon April 11, 2004   Link
  • -2
    General CommentI love this song. i dont think about it I just listen.
    yogaboaton November 18, 2004   Link

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