"Make It All Ok" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
You threw away the ballast and you rowed your boat ashore
Didn't you, now? Didn't you?
You made your ultimatum too big to ignore
Didn't you, now? Didn't you?

So you worked out your excuses,
Turned away and shut the door.
The world's too vast for us now,
And you wanted to explore

It's a long, long long road
And I don't know which way to go
If you offered me your hand again I'd have to walk away.

When I saw you at the street fair, you called out my name
Didn't you, now? Didn't you?
You said we could start over, try and make it all okay.
Didn't you, now? Didn't you?

So our past has been rewritten
And you threw away the pen.
You'd said that I was useless,
But now you'll take me in again

Well Jesus loves me fine.
And your words fall flat this time.

Was it my imagination, or did I hear you say,
"We don't have a prayer between us."

Didn't you believe that I have finally turned away?
Didn't you, now? Didn't you?
Anything to hold onto to help me through my day.
Didn't you, now? Didn't you?

Jesus loves me fine.
But his words fall flat this time.

It's a long, long long road
And I don't know which way to go
If you offered me your world, did you think I'd really stay?
If you offered me the heavens, I would have to turn away.
Was it my imagination, or did I hear you say,
"We don't have a prayer between us."
Didn't you, now? Didn't you, now?
Didn't you?


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"Make It All Okay" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

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    General CommentNo one else mixes irony and sincerity like Michael Stipe. "Well Jesus loves me fine." What a great way to say he's okay.
    josephtheleviteon December 17, 2004   Link
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    General CommentGee - this song was a revelation when I first played "Around the Sun". It's possibly the best track on the album. There's seems to be a theme running through all the songs, and that's confrontation and accusations. Count how many times the word "you" is used in the lyrics. Michael has some ghosts and it feels like he's getting more confident in expressing himself in a more direct manner. But it's REM, and all this aggression comes out like a ballad. Wonderful song and one that hits many nerves.
    CalebAStaron April 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA lot of this album has songs about having a broken heart which goes to show Stipe is a human like the rest of us and not above having someone hurt him. Except in his case I hope the person bought the album and felt like a jerk. What better way to say something to an ex than to have songs on your latest album directed towards them hurting you? I wish I could do that to my ex boyfriend but I'm no rock star.

    "You'd said that I was useless
    But now you'll take me in again"

    This reminds me of how my ex would treat me bad until it was convenient for him or he needed something and is probably the line on the whole album that touched me the most.
    kierraon November 22, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"So our past has been rewritten
    And you threw away the pen"

    Love that line
    Rem89on December 14, 2010   Link

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