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    General CommentWhen I saw R.E.M. a year or so ago, Michael dedicated this song to Paul Wellstone. Whether it was written in honor/memory of him or not I don't know. If the concert had been anywhere other than MN it woud have been clearer... Does anyone know more?
    se41281on December 07, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt is written against Bush.

    "Who died and lifted you up to perfection?"

    He said that in his concert.
    beaumont911on April 24, 2005   Link
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    General Commentlove love love this song. its like dark folk music with a weird time signature, and its against our current government, more people should be commenting on this one
    ilovealkalineon May 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song rules. really.
    My bro, who is a fan of R.E.M. is saying that this is bout the government
    Loisoon July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAt a festival in the netherlands I saw R.E.M. live. Michael said something like: This song is about the sometimes confusing and strange country I live in.
    Capmanon December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's definitely against Bush. I think more specifically about the Iraq or Afghanistan invasion
    Bob the Spongeon March 04, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's a song about how we should go in and bully all middle eastern countries * thumbsup *
    ripelivejamon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about Gay Marriage. Think about it? "Who died and lifted you up to perfection?"
    If hatred makes a play on me tomorrow
    And forgiveness takes a back seat to revenge
    There's a hurt down deep that has not been corrected
    There's a voice in me that says you will not win"

    This song is probably the easiest to understand. He's asking the masses to stop this discrimination against homosexuals, and to "make it right". This is the main part of the song in my opinion:

    "Now love cannot be called into question
    Forgiveness is the only hope I hold
    And love - love will be my strongest weapon
    I do believe that I am not alone".

    This song just screams of equal rights for same-sex marriage.
    cascadia4on August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about Iraq. And to be truthful, many Dems were supportive with this war.
    Warren67on December 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is against Bush. It was offered as a free download on R.E.M.'s website for a while to help spread it around until the label objected. At the time, I knew what the event was (downing street memo?) - but forgot. There's been so many. The song was really about everything piling up beyond Bush's excuses. I don't know how active Stripe was before, but in 2003 he became very active touring against Bush for the 2004 election. I love the way he refers to love being the weapon.
    aikanaeon November 04, 2008   Link

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