"Pop Song 89" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Hello, I saw you, I know you, I knew you
I think I can remember your name, name
Hello, I'm sorry, I lost myself
I think I thought you were someone else

Should we talk about the weather? (hi, hi, hi)
Should we talk about the government? (hi, hi, hi, hi)

Hello, how are you, I know you, I knew you
I think I can remember your name, name
Hello, I'm sorry, I lost myself
I think I thought you were someone else

Should we talk about the weather? (hi, hi, hi)
Should we talk about the government? (hi, hi, hi, hi)

Hello, my friend, are you visible today?
You know I never knew that it could be so strange, strange
Hello, I'm sorry, I lost myself
I think I thought you were someone else

Should we talk about the weather? (hi, hi, hi)
Should we talk about the government? (hi, hi, hi, hi)

Hi, hi, hi
Hi, hi, hi, hi
Hi, hi, hi
Hi, hi, hi, hi
Hi, hi, hi
Hi, hi, hi, hi


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"Pop Song 89" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +1
    General CommentMumf is right on. This definitely points out the shallowness of pop music and celebrity culture. It's all forgetable - the song is just a number. The people are faces, with meaningless conversation, tons of introductions but no substance. You meet them once and then forget, same as you hear a pop song for a few weeks and then it's gone.
    Relinquo1on April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentpop music sucks...let's rejoice in Michael's sarcasm
    mumfon October 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI heard somewhere that this song is all about a guy trying to talk to a girl at ap arty. Sort of makes sense when you look at the lyrics.
    Ramagammaon March 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with whoever said that this song is about a guy trying to talk to a girl. It seems like that to me.
    AudiLuvaon April 29, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone heard the acoustic version on disc 2 of In Time? It's pretty good.
    Relinquo1on May 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics in this song (and the way they're set out) are a reference to "Hello, I Love You" by The Doors.

    In "Hello, I Love You" Jim Morrison sees a beautiful girl and wants to go over and declare his love for her beauty.
    In this song, Stipe theorizes of talking to the girl about politics and weather instead of focussing on outward beauty.
    Itrytobreatheon September 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song is supposed to be a generic pop song, and the lyrics are written to show that. Great idea, great song.
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    Jakeberton December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDid this song come out in 1989? I am surprised this song didn't propel these guys to stardom. It's a much more poppy tune than "Losing My Religion". If the first poster is right, then my sentiment would turn the irony back on REM.

    :)
    OpinionHeadon January 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song came out in 1988 on the album Green. Apparently it was the 89th song they released.
    suckmykisson May 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea, its pretty much mocking our society and the values that we place on relationships that turn out to be purely physical and have no deeper meaning at all.
    rockmanon January 26, 2006   Link

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