"Man On The Moon" as written by and Michael Stipe Bill Berry....
Mott the Hoople and the Game of Life (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Andy Kaufman in the wrestling match (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Monopoly, twenty-one, checkers, and chess (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Mister Fred Blassie in a breakfast mess (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Let's play Twister, let's play Risk (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
See you heaven if you make the list (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Now, Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy are you goofing on Elvis, hey, baby?
Are we losing touch?
If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon
If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool

Moses went walking with the staff of wood (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Newton got beaned by the apple good (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Egypt was troubled by the horrible asp (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Mister Charles Darwin had the gall to ask (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)

Now Andy did you hear about this one
Tell me, are you locked in the punch
Hey, Andy are you goofing on Elvis, hey, baby?
Are you having fun?
If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon
If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool

Here's a little agit for the never-believer (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Here's a little ghost for the offering (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Here's a truck stop instead of Saint Peter's (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah)
Mister Andy Kaufman's gone wrestling
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Now Andy did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Hey Andy are you goofing on Elvis, hey baby, are we losing touch?
If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon
If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon
If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon
If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool

If you believed they put a man on the moon, man on the moon
If you believe there's nothing up his sleeve, then nothing is cool


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"Man on the Moon" as written by Michael Stipe Bill Berry

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  • +6
    General CommentI believe this very fine song is about appearance (and it's guises so to speak) and how in a sense all we have is appearance. It is directly about Andy, even mentions his name, interestingly. Andy's act was about presentation/story/image/appearance, games if you will. One never knew when Andy was 'on' or 'off'. He always made you ask 'is it real' or is it a game or act?' When Andy brought the audience into 'the act' he reached a transcendent genius where the viewer and the subject are one big presentation. I belive stype saw and understood this genius and thus the inspired honorific song for Andy.

    This I believe is the significance of stype's copious references to games such as 21 risk monopoly and the like. He also associates in the same context as these games, common stories, or myths, such as moses and staff, egypt and the snake, and newton and the proverbial apple, and of course, the man on the moon - which ultimately is a story or image for us since none of can BEGIN to experience this directly. I recall some interesting movie in the 80's where the premise was that the moon experience was all trumped up and contrived...

    In the same way that andy could manipulate the breakfast with blassie, maybe there will be a truck stop instead of st peter's.

    These are some initial impressions of the song. I did have a question on what stype meant by 'never believers'. 'Belief' in my analysis sketched here would be tantamount to knowing appearance, or a set of self consistant premises and propositions such as in a game like monopoly or in a wrestling match (not 'knowledge' or 'reality').
    idic5on May 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about Andy being misunderstood. As much as I liked him, comparing him to Moses, Darwin and Newton wasn't exactly on the mark, but that's what it is about. Genious isn't always understood.

    By the way, the first line of the final stanzay is "Here's a little legend for the never-believer." It's about the theory that he faked his death (truck-stop instead of Saint Peter's.)
    slagoniaon May 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's clearly about Andy Kaufman and how you shouldn't believe everything you're told, like andy didn't. he was original and wanted to do something different. the movie gets into some detail about it. he didn't want to do a sitcom but was made to believe if he didn't he'd become nothing. he was always playing a game with people. he would do elaborate things even though only he thought it was funny. he was always doing things people thought wouldn't work. you can't get lung cancer if you don't smoke, well andy did. the latter part of the song i think is questioning what happens when we die. how come when andy died, instead of going to st. peter he went to a truck stop (andy would have felt fine at one, he worked at a restaurant at the height of his career) and instead of going to the tradition belief of what heaven is (angels flying), he infact just gets to wrestle all the time. it makes sense because andy's favorite thing to do was wrestle. he just enjoyed it. when he died they found uncashed checks from wrestling stints he did. which lead many to believe he just did it for the fun of it. so maybe andy didn't go to heaven, he just went wrestling.
    Levitator89on July 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought this song was just about how cool the '70s were =p
    AC/DC Fanon September 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso this song was truly based on Andy Kaufman, I thought they did a revised version for the movie "Man on the Moon", guess its where the movie got the title or vice versa. I still like the song even though I never really cared for Andy Kaufman
    Sephirothon May 22, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont´t know for sure what this song is really about. I mean, yes, i saw the movie and stuff, but i would like to know everything about Andy and the song (verse by verse). If someone knows something more than the people that already wrote in here, please share your knowledge. Thanx.
    Oiramon July 04, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAll I know is that hes singing about Andy Kaufman. But he says that, so its obvious.
    I love this song anyway, and I can't believe there's only one comment on here!
    ADiamondStripeon August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey i was an auto andy fan when it came out such a great movie i saw it many times cried every time because i can relate to andy with nobody to talk to and been there its depressing but its a great song if you dont like song you shouldnt go all hormonal and yell it out just say i didn't like like the prynce does not go all psycho over it night
    bornonaugust10thon March 11, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the REM guys must have been big admirers of Andy Kaufman and decided to write a song about him. The film is ok, there are some any tapped questions though.
    M20on April 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThis Song is great!!!i absolutly love it...i'm a later generation lover of andi...but andi is great..R.E.M. is awesome for making this song so great, the movie is good...distorted by hollywood but who cares..andi is awesome,its a sad movie.it makes me wanna cry, andi is a god he shall forever reign in my book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    heath_soccer4on April 28, 2003   Link

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