"Supernatural Superserious" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
Everybody here
Comes from somewhere
If they would just as soon forget
A disguise
Disguised as they know you made you feel it
At the summer camp they volunteered
No one saw your face, no one saw your fear
You got apparition just appeared
Took you up and away from this place and shared
Humiliation
Of your teenage nation
Nobody cares no one remembers or cares
If your fantasies are
Dressed up in travesties
Enjoy yourself with no regrets

So if you call out safe then I'll stop right away
When premise explodes and the room starts to shake
The details shift
And the stories the same
You don't have to explain
You don't have to explain
Humiliation
Of your teenage nation
No one cares
If your fantasies are
Dressed up in travesties
Enjoy yourself with no regrets

Everybody here comes from somewhere
If they would just as soon forget, disguise
So if you call out safe then I'll stop right away
When the premise explodes and the room starts to shake
The details shift
With the stories the same
You don't have to explain
You don't have to explain
Humiliation
Of your teenage nation
This celebration
Of your teenage nation
Nobody cares no one remembers and nobody cares
Nobody cares no one remembers and nobody cares


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"Supernatural Superserious" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

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    General CommentHas anyone mentioned that the submitted lyrics are WRONG? It's actually, "Yeah, you cried and you cried/ YOU SURVIVED, YOU SURVIVED."
    Akakuroon October 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWell, my interpretation of the song is that it's about looking at the world and the people around you. Maybe it's because of personal goodness, that some people have lost their bravery because of problems they had in their youth and now they can't find solutions, so that you feel you must take a close look at how people around you live. It could be linked to the way the government is leaded, it could be about a family complex, or it could just be about the personal mind of one person, like an inner-voice admonishing about the persons abilities as a brick in a larger play. If you listen to the song with earphones, and watch the people around you, for example on the bus, it gives you this "straight-in-the-face" feeling that we all have our own history. Our lives are histories themselves, and they can be found good, bad, sad, sheltered or even embarrassed (maybe a macho guy doesn't want to be recognized as the guy who volunteered at a summer camp in his youth). This makes you resurrect the thoughts about yourself as a individual human being in a larger part. It's tough, challenging, sometimes embarrassing, often sad, but it's still a celebration of being held tight as the one you are. Everybody here has their own failed séances, whatever they might be. I guess.
    Low Feedbackon February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe return of the Great American Rock-n-Roll Band! Hyperbole aside, I can't shake the feeling that song is about overcoming religious guilt. I went to a lot of religious summer camps when I was a kid and there would invariably be lots of kids having religious epiphanies about Jesus and "getting saved". (He's alive, he's alive!) This song seems to celebrate those of us who survived that fundamentlist trap. "Now there’s nothing dark and there’s nothing weird.Don’t be afraid." Be yourself.
    Johnny Manicon May 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAll of this talk about sexual freedom reminds me of my own "sexual dysfunction": my orientation is asexual, meaning I'm not interested at all in sex, porn, or dirty jokes (we are a 1% minority in America, 3 mil / 300 mil), and i got the same kind of cr** at school for not being interested at all that gays (Stipe is gay right?) get for being interested "the wrong way." Also, since neither preference really means much to me personally, I'm a bit more comfortable talking about gay rights than people who heterosexual (and probably think of gays as "weird" on at least some level), which means that all of my alleged friends quickly assume I'm gay. Seriously, I talk about it more than them because neither option means more to me than the other, so i don't think of one as more weird than the other, neither interests me. Would you ask a blind or color blind man to take sides in Jim Crow?
    Castle742on May 15, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds from the lines "If you call out safe then I'll stop right away, if the premise buckles and the ropes start to shake" that the sexual deviance to which Michael Stipe refers is some kind of bondage/ S and M scenario. How this related to the seance, I don't know - did the words on the ouija board spell out something of a similar kinky nature, maybe personal to Stipe, which embarrassed and frightened him, even made him afraid for his life (he cried, he's alive, he's alive)? Not into ouija boards or bondage myself, but one of REM's finest tunes ever.
    finnegan63on September 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, I love this song. It's definitely their best single in a long time...it sounds like the band is having fun again, something they haven't shown ever since they released Up.

    As for the meaning...I don't exactly know, but it seems to just say to live with no regrets and to not dwell on events in the past.
    tcaporaleon February 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove it too, their last album wasn't ace but this is really catchy :D
    deltasunlighton February 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really good. The best I could expect from the new release is another "new Adventures in Hi-Fi", which is their last great record, IMHO. Yeah, sounds like they're having fun again.
    Does somebody know if Berry is back in the gang? That would be awesome.
    walkabouton February 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTheir best single in a long time. Low Feedback hit the nail on the head in terms of the meaning IMHO.

    Accelerate only too 9weeks to record and 10days to mix it, and Stringfellow's not touring with them "due to the more guitar-focussed nature of the new material." Let's hope the rest of the record's this good.
    Iana2643on February 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti'm very impressed with this song. It manages to sound like vintage R.E.M. while also sounding fresh and new rather than just a stale retread of past glory days. I wish more bands could do this.

    After "Around the Sun," this is very refreshing to hear. While I love R.E.M., I was wondering if they still had it in them to do such spirited music. So far, I'm wrong.
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    Jakeberton March 03, 2008   Link

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