"Bittersweet Me" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
I move across, innocence lost
All flashing pulsar
I move across the earth in my new pattern shirt
I pass satellites

"You're so bitter," your complaint
I can't give you anything
I don't know who you're livin' for
I don't know who you are anymore

I'd sooner chew my leg off,
Than be trapped in this
How easy you think of all of this as bittersweet me

I couldn't taste it
I'm tired and naked
I don't know what I'm hungry for
I don't know what I want anymore

I move across, candy floss
I move like a tank
I move across the room
With a heart full of gloom,
Stronger than you think

Oh my peer,
Your veneer is wearing thin and cracking
The surface informs that underneath,
Underneath is lacking

I'd sooner chew my leg off,
Than be trapped in this
How easy you think of all of this as bittersweet me

I couldn't taste it
I'm tired and naked
I don't know what I'm hungry for
I don't know what I want anymore

You move across, innocence lost,
All static and desire,
You're blue in the face from navel gaze,
You set yourself on fire

You strip down and lay yourself out,
I know you can't fake it,
But are you tired and naked?
Are you tire and naked?

I'd sooner chew my leg off,
Than be trapped in this
How easy you think of all of this as bittersweet me

I couldn't taste it
I'm tired and naked
I don't know what I'm hungry for
I don't know what I want anymore

I couldn't taste it
I'm tired and naked
I don't know what I'm hungry for
I don't know what I want anymore

I couldn't taste it
I'm tired and naked
I don't know what I'm hungry for
I don't know what I want anymore


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"Bittersweet Me" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +1
    General CommentHow much of a hand did Bill have in writing these lyrics, if any? How close to leaving was he in 95/6. He left in 1997.
    tmcd35on August 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits a beautiful song, great dry vocals. hates being stuck in a certain situation. i'd guess a relationship, maybe within the band sometimes.
    ramshotelon April 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentj'aime bien
    VaLeSoFion December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song off of New Adventures in Hi-Fi.
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    Jakeberton January 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThink its about not feeling fulfilled, going through a period where you feel useless and not like doing much. You're annoyed with yourself ane everyone else is too.

    Weird.
    simsfreqon March 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's about being tired with your situation (touring non-stop, perhaps--"move across the earth"), but nobody understands what's so bad about it.. they think you're just complaining (bittersweet) (it's just surface cracks, with nothing underneath). but in actuality, he has valid gripes (which go unstated), leaving the song more universal.
    smallwonderroboton September 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with simsfreg. theres a real sense of exhaustion and desperation. "id sooner chew my leg off than be trapped in this" is one of my fave REM lyrics.
    ramshotelon October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentkeep em coming stipe this is gold. and dont get so desperate, come to my arms!
    PITONESon June 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about a relationship that he's trying to purge. "I'd sooner chew my leg off than be trapped in this."

    beyond her demeanor, he finds there is much missing
    "Oh my peer your veneer is wearing thin and cracking
    The surface informs that underneath
    Underneath is lacking"

    and now he is "bittersweet" about the whole relationship.
    rajwoodsonon March 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about unsatisfying sex. The narrator is doing what he thinks he wants, but it just isn't it. Instead of feeling good, he's left tired and naked.
    MaddAddamson July 14, 2009   Link

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