"Fireplace" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Crazy crazy world crazy crazy times
Crazy crazy world crazy crazy times
Hang up your chairs to better sweep
Clear the floor to dance
Shake the rug into the fireplace

Crazy crazy world crazy crazy times
Crazy crazy world crazy crazy times
Hang up your chairs to better sweep
Clear the floor to dance
Sweep the floor into the fireplace

Hang up your chairs to better sweep
Clear the floor to dance
Throw the chairs into the fireplace

Hang up your chairs to better sweep
Clear the floor to dance
Throw the walls into the fireplace


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"Fireplace" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General CommentSometimes you get the feeling that you should burn everything you built. I don't know if Stipe was riding that kind of emotion when he wrote this song, but I can connect it with that feeling.
    suckmykisson January 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is a fantastic song. One of my favorites from REM. I believe it's about acceptance and letting go. Accept all as it is and throw your construction into the fireplace. Really great song and well crafted.
    fasteddie72on September 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat do you think? Slow song? or otherwise?
    lauraboo438on April 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentme no likee
    ilovealkalineon July 28, 2005   Link
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    General Comment"Fireplace" is clearly about revolution

    "Throw the walls into the fireplace" is especially implicative of a liberation uprising.
    DeanFSon February 21, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love the sax in this song, its just awesom; maybe DMB should cover this one..with Dave's smooth voice..oh yeah!
    local_151_fellaon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne strange little song. I love it. Edgy guitars, free-form beebop style sax, Stipe's off-beat lyrics. The more I listen to REM I also respect the instrumentalists- fine beat from then-drummer Bill Berry and bass playing by Mills. Peter Buck sounds better and better as a guitarist- creating a mood and an atmosphere while minimizing soloing. The song itself? It seems to be about sweeping everything out in a time of utter chaos. Even the floor and the walls. More relevant now in 2016 than it was 30 years ago when this album was first released.
    mbrachmanon February 05, 2016   Link

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