"Radio Song" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Hey, I can't find nothing on the radio
Ah, yo turn to that station

The world is collapsing
Around our ears
I turned up the radio
But I can't hear it

When I got to the house
And I called you out
I could tell that you had been crying, crying
It's that same sing-song on the radio
Makes me sad
I meant to turn it off
To say goodbye
To leave in quiet, that radio song (see ya)
Hey, hey, hey (ha-ha)

(Hup, hup) I've everything to show (everything to show)
I've everything to hide (everything to hide)
Look into my eyes
Listen

When I got to the show
Yo, ho, ho
I could tell that you had been crying, crying
It's that same sing-song and the DJ sucks
It makes me sad
I tried to turn it off (turn it off)
To say goodbye, my love
That radio song
Hey, hey, hey

The world is collapsing
Around our ears
I turned up the radio
But I can't hear it
Yeah

(Yeah)
(Baby, baby, baby, baby)
(Hup, hup)

I tried to sing along
But damn that radio song (man) hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey

I've everything to show (everything to show)
I've everything to hide (everything to hide)
Look into my eyes, listen to the radio
I turned up the radio
But I can't hear it
No, I can't hear it
Hey, hey, hey

(Say what?) hey, hey, hey

(Lemme hear that bass first)
Hey, hey, hey
Hey, hey, hey (yeah, hup)
Hey, hey, hey (say what, say what, say what?)
Hey, hey, hey

Check it out
What are you saying, what are you playing?
Who are you obeying, day-out, day-in, huh?
Baby, baby, baby, baby
That stuff is driving me crazy
DJs communicate to the masses
Sex and violent classes
Now our children grow up prisoners
All their life, radio listeners


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"Radio Song" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song is clearly about how being unable to leave a dying relationship is like turning on the radio to the same song you hate day after day.
    But, at the same time, it's about how radio stations choose one song to play day in and day out for weeks at a time, and it'll always come on if you just listen for more than 20 minutes.
    upthornon May 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about how teenagers tend to use pop culture, specifically radio songs, as tools to deal with other people. The music industry promotes the idea that pop songs actually reflect how life is lived by most people, but the kicker is that the kids who listen to this stuff are supposed to believe that this is how life should be lived.

    I remember there was a George Michael song about how he was never going to love again because of a bad breakup, and critics of the song at the time pointed to the idea that this was a bad message to be sending to our youth -- that it was OK to shut yourself off if things go bad. The weird part is that this kind of pop music message COULD get through to youths as actual life lessons.

    The narrator of the song is listening to the radio and is hearing all the emotions of his life in every song (much like you can see a bit of yourself in the horoscope for every zodiac sign), so naturally he assumes that the radio will provide him with everything he needs to know. Even if the world is collapsing around him, the radio songs say that it isn't, so it must not be real. He's also trying to relate to his girlfriend in terms of songs he hears on the radio.

    "Children grow up prisoners
    All their lives radio listeners"
    People are tied to how pop-culture tells them what they should think and feel.
    random_carbuncleon January 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is saying that radio is corrupting and brainwashing the people and taking over how they think.
    sammy4770on March 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe irony is that REM made a radio song dissing other radio songs
    this and Me In Honey make for dancy bookends on Out Of Time
    ikhabaat_craneon August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about the banality of pop songs. From the simple lyrics to the jangle jangle guitar chords, it's a perfect illustration. Yeah.
    silasbrockon December 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song explains why Europe should be radio free ;)

    Okay, I know that's not what it means... but still!
    EnduringChillon July 20, 2011   Link

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