"9-9" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Steady repetition is a compulsion mutually reinforced
Now what does that mean?
Is there a just contradiction?
Nothing much
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord, hesitate

Got to punch
Right on target
Twisting tongues
Gotta stripe down his back
All nine yards down her back

Give me a couple,
Don't give me a couple of pointers,
Turn to lies and conversation fear

Got to punch
Right on target
Twisting tongues
Gotta stripe down his back
All nine yards down her back

Give me a couple,
Don't give me a couple of pointers,
Turn to lies and conversation fear

What is in my mind?
What is in my mind?

Steady repetition is a compulsion mutually reinforced
Now what does that mean?
Is there a just contradiction?
Nothing much
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord, hesitate

Got to punch
Right on target
Twisting tongues
Gotta stripe down his back
All nine yards down her back

Give me a couple,
Don't give me a couple of pointers,
Turn to lies and conversation fear

Conversation fear, conversation fear, conversation fear


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"9-9" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +2
    General CommentI've never had any idea what this song is about...but I've always celebrated September 9th as R.E.M. day. It's my own personal holiday.
    shanieron March 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSocial anxiety.
    androgybunnyon June 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"I pray the Lord, hesitate"

    So good. Who can't relate to that sentiment?
    SkylinePigeonon December 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMichael Stipe would have fallen within the autistic spectrum if he had been diagnosed as a child, so if you want to understand the arc of their career, you see it as a long arc of Stipe trying to make sense of the world with the mind of a high-functioning autistic (high-functioning because he knew how to speak english, even though he was awful at it for a long time, not to mention he had terrible social skills)

    androgybunny already put it succinctly: the song is about being awful in social situations, having so many potentially bright and brilliantly things to say and yet being totally tongue tied and unable to put it out there. Beautifully enough, though, through this song he did put it out there. Music is really good in this song as well: Sonic Youth totally borrowed from this palette.
    bernlin2000on January 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti read one version with the lyrics as "give me a cup of love, give me a cup of charm" instead of "give me a couple....
    SamanthaBrownon January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think these lyrics are right. Stipe has said that the song is "not meant to be understood"; Meaning the lyrics are to be intelligible. Although the last words definitely are 'conversation fear', so I agree with androgybunny.
    Kaflerktaon October 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe guitar in this song is so awesome
    dmbstanon July 27, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, you tried.
    HyperBullyon February 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthese lyrics are wrong
    casabonon August 27, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentYES Michael Stipe would have fallen within the autistic spectrum BUT YOKO SAYS kill rock stars for fame.
    the song was written by thurSTON MOORE for SONIC YOUTH but was 2 poppy.
    HOLE would sing it to COCO MOORE til brookelyn then shoot crack and liquid eyeliner 4 BREAKFAST. 2 THAT WE song he did put it out there. Music is really good in this song as well: Sonic Youth totally borrowed OR NOT.
    listen 4 rock LOBSTER.
    exobscuraon May 13, 2014   Link

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