"Shaking Through" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Could it be that one small voice doesn't count in the room?
Yellow like a geisha gown denial all the way
Could this by three be ten? Honor marches on.
Yellow like a geisha gown denial all the way

Shaking through opportune.
Shaking through opportune.

Are we grown way too far?
Taking after rain
Yellow like a geisha gown denial all the way
Shaking through opportune.
Shaking through opportune.

In my life.

Ears that are still,
Children of today on parade,
Yellow like a geisha gown, denial all the way
Shaking through, opportune.
Shaking through, opportune.
Shaking through, opportune.
Shaking through, opportune.


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"Shaking Through" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +4
    General Comment"In my life...." has to be one of R.E.M.s finest moments. That refrain fractures and bifurcates into a million cinematic images. Truly, in an artistic sense, this is one of post-punk/pre-alternative rock's most surreal sounds.
    font9bon September 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIf you have the Murmur deluxe edition and/or a bootleg (I have a great one called "Rising") of the Larry's Hideaway, Toronto show from July 9, 1983, you can hear the audience chanting for the band to play this song towards the end of the concert, when they are trying to get the band back onstage for an encore after they concluded "Radio Free Europe." Stipe remarks, "Wow, that's pretty effective," before shouting back "No!" in response to the audience's continued shouts of "Shaking Through." The band then continues by breaking into "We Walk" before finishing with a killer double encore of "1,000,000" and "Carnival of Sorts." They leave without playing "Shaking Through," despite the audience's continued pleas/demands for them to play it. This little bit of trivia really has nothing to do with the meaning of the song, but it does show the contrast between the band's opinion of the song and the fans' opinions. The song was a fan favorite, but it's obvious the band didn't like it very much, or they at least didn't like playing it, as I have tons of bootleg shows from this period and I don't think "Shaking Through" is on a single one of them. It's a shame, too, as it really is a great song. Then again, everything on Murmur is. It's pretty much the only album I can think of, and certainly the only debut album I can think of, which is absolutely perfect as is. By that I mean that it is completely, totally flawless. There isn't a single thing I would change about it. It will go down in history as a timeless musical masterpiece, and will be remembered as one of the greatest albums of all-time, a pinnacle of twentieth century music.
    HyperBullyon February 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think the key to this song is a phrase which appeared in an earlier version, performed live and recorded pre-Murmur:"Incest on parade"
    Johnny Manicon May 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah that's true about feeling the meanings more than really putting them in words. I've seen it described by Michael Stipe (I think by him) that: It's like when you have a song in your head, but you don't know many words. When you try to sing to the song then, you end up singing either nonsense or semi-coherent words based on the line you do know. Then if you listen to those sounds and transform them into the words they sound like and make it coherent, that's sort of what REM's earlier songs are like.
    Relinquo1on May 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI sense a lot of lost innocence in this song. It sounds like Stipe is desperately trying to hold onto this peace and happiness, trying to rein in all this emotion with his voice.
    ripelivejamon February 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI find this song to be about just being at the bottom of things and then the struggle to get through those times.
    GrungeRock1991on June 21, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentis "yellow like a geisha gown, denial all the way" the greatest lyric ever written? it might be. to me it's about amking a collective effort to get the most out of the lives of ourselve's and everyone we are in relationships with. or something like that. one of the great things about murmur is that u feel the meanings of the songs, u can't really put them into words...

    probably R.E.M. doesn't get a whole lot of posts, besides "great song"
    ZinbobDanon April 11, 2004   Link

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