"Feeling Gravity's Pull" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
I fell asleep and read just about every paragraph

Read the scene where gravity is pulling me around
Peel back the mountains peel back the sky
Stomp gravity into the floor
It's a Man Ray kind of sky
Let me show you what I can do with it
Time and distance are out of place here

Step up, step up, step up the sky is open-armed
When the light is mine, I felt gravity pull

Somewhere near the end it said
"You can't do this", I said "I can too"
Shift sway rivers shift, oceans fall and mountains drift
It's a Man Ray kind of sky
Let me show you what I can do with it

Step up, step up, step up the sky is open-armed
When the light is mine, I felt gravity pull onto my eyes,
Holding my head straight (looking down)
This is the easiest task I've ever had to do

I fell asleep and read just about every paragraph

Read the scene where gravity is pulling me around
Shift the swaying river's shift
Oceans fall and mountains drift
It's a Man Ray kind of sky
Let me show you what I can do with it
Time and distance are out of place here

Step up, step up, step up the sky is open-armed
When the light is mine, I felt gravity pull onto my eyes,
Holding my head straight (looking down)
This is the easiest task I've ever had to do
Reason had harnessed the tame
Holding the sky in their arms
Gravity pulls me down


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"Feeling Gravitys Pull" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General Commentdunno what its about, but its really scary..haunting, specially the strings at the end...=shivers=
    rieveon May 01, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI believe it is about how the only time logic and explaination do not hamper your spirit is when you sleep and dream. Sleep is the only time your thoughts are free to float from place to place without barriers (i.e. the interference of others in reaching your goals -"You can't do this", I said "I can too" ).

    "Step up, step up, step up the sky is open-armed
    When the light is mine, I felt gravity pull onto my eyes" - when daylight pierces your eyelids, you wake up and gravity is once again holding you down - your thoughts are once again mired in rational life, your spirit is tethered to the earth once more and you are subject to outside influence.
    Earthling38on August 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe songs on this album were not written at the same time under some sort of cohesive theme of Fables of Reconstruction. It's more likely that that is the theme they chose to go with for the group of songs they were working on when they were in the studio at the time that sounded the tightest and had the most worked out content and sound.

    I have seen REM as early as 1984. Some of these songs were written at the same time the first and second albums songs were written. As a matter of fact, Driver 8 is on youtube.com in a concert in Passiac in 6/9/84 (Check out the user REMChout). (Fables was released a year later: 6/10/85)

    Themes running through each song of an album are the stuff of progressive bands (like Yes and Gentle Giant). Typically not alternative bands.

    Typically with other artists in other genres it's the producers role to help (at the prodding of the label) to find 'a theme' with the artists to tie all the songs together and work with them to do so. Simply so people don't think it's too eclectic an album.

    This album has songs with different musical styles because the band wrote them at different times and were into different things musically at different times.

    'Can't get there from here' sounds WAY different then 'Wendell Gee' and 'Auctioneer' sounds WAY different then either of those two tunes. Artists evolve and change and are influenced all the time by different things. Especially if you are busy touring writing happens when it happens (in the tour bus, over fast food or dingy hotel rooms or rehearsals after sound check) and then after the tour you are back in the studio trying to make sense of new material.

    So if there is a theme based on all reconstruction era dashed hopes (or whatever) I think it's pretty loose at best. I would suggest focusing on just looking at the song for it's own sake not trying to get it to fit an album Theme. To me I think this is just a psychedelic song about how you can do anything in your dreams. Your superman 'Let me show you what I can do with it''Time and distance are out of place here'
    REMFIELDon October 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentvideo idea. regular joe feels himself being yanked from place to place and from situation to situation by an invisible force, not quite gravity, but with the same sort of power. perhaps something very evil. when the final strings kick in the guy finds himself being either pulled into the ground like quicksand, or else being pulled quicker and quicker into the sky.
    pumkinhedon January 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSomeone who thinks that they are flying high and doing everything right suddenly gets pulled back to the real world by something bad happening.
    rockmanon January 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMaybe this is about dreaming
    "Let me show you what I can do with it
    Time and distance are out of place here"
    Lucid dreaming, or something to that extent.

    Wonderful song none the less, last three lines are my favorite.
    som3wh4td4m4g3don June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMaybe this is about dreaming
    "Let me show you what I can do with it
    Time and distance are out of place here"
    Lucid dreaming, or something to that extent.

    Wonderful song none the less, last three lines are my favorite.
    som3wh4td4m4g3don June 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would agree that the content of this song has something to do with dreams or hopes.
    Yet I wonder why noone has said anything about the title of the album and about 'Man Ray'.
    The album is called "Fables of the Reconstruction" and describes the time of the huge economical growth in the USA at the end of the 19th century.
    I think that every or at least most of the songs of this album describe historical things.
    Man Ray was an artist. He belonged to the Dadaist movement which was a kind of protest against the society of that time.
    What was the world like in that time ? The competition of the growing industrial countries (especially in Europe) for markets and ressources had caused the most violent time in history so far(the 1st World War and huge exploitation of the colonies). Millions of people were killed. Beautiful nature, countryside and towns were damaged by bombs and chemical weapons. A lot of people had to escape from violence and hunger.
    This was the time were a lot of people dreamt of another world. The Dadaists changed the style of art as protest (look at Wikipedia.com to find out something about Dadaism), workers in St. Petersburg overthrew the Tsar and took the power on their own and in nearly all European countries new left-winged anti-capitalist movements emerged. The majority of the European people did realize that capitalism and ruthless greed was the reason for this war and they wanted something else. There were a lot of uprisings and capitalism was nearly on the edge.
    In my opinion Michael Stipe expresses the conflict between 'the sky' (emerging anti-capitalist movements dreaming of another world) and 'the gravity' (those who wanted to reinstall the old order of profit and exploitation).
    DerUnbequemeon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy comment above may seem a little bit far fetched because I have (unvoluntarily) omitted some details. Now I'm trying to work out concrete evidences for my thesis.
    One important thing was already said : It must be something about history ("Fables of the Reconstruction") and he mentions "Man Ray" who was a dedicated Dadaist. The main Dadaist movement existed in the dark years until the Mid-Twenties of the 20th century. I think that this is the time we shall look at and Man Ray moved to Europe in that time to find a continent that was shook by the most brutal war ever seen before and where there were still revolutionary activities against capitalism.
    However, one already said, that the last paragraph of the song is played in a very dark mood.
    Let's look at the text at that part :
    Let me transform the sentence "... had harnessed the tame. Holding the sky in their arms" to an own version : "... had harnessed the tame ones while they were holding the sky in their arms."
    In my opinion he talks about people who have already reached their sky but they were too tame to "stomp gravity into the floor" (see first paragraph).
    Maybe "peel back the mountains peel back the sky" might mean to save the "mountains" (whatever it means) and the "sky" from gravity. To pull it away from gravity. Since the time around 1920 were revolutionary years I think that "gravity" means the old system and the only system that still pulled back anything was not monarchism but capitalism. Thus I think that the hope (the sky) inside this song is a world free of capitalism and war.
    DerUnbequemeon January 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have the strange feeling that you try everything to avoid any detailed analysis of the R.E.M. songs. You always use the same argument : "Don't try to see any deeper meaning"
    Why did they compose those songs with encrypted texts then ? Why did they put so much feelings into most of their songs ? Just because they don't mean anything ? What about songs like "Disturbance at the Heron House" and "Finest Worksong" ? I guess you want to tell me that they are not political as well, right ? Why does he allude to "Man Ray" ? Were his pictures and attitudes so unpolitical ? Why does he use such a heavy sound in the strophe and why such an optimistic sound in the chorus ? I think that this is the key to the content of the song. If it was just about some harmless dream, why didn't he use only optimistic themes ? Your comment doesn't answer my questions. That's why I still stick to my interpretation in the comments above.
    DerUnbequemeon October 30, 2007   Link

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