"ÃœBerlin" as written by and Jeffery Eugene Mills....
Hey now, take your pills and
Hey now, make your breakfast
Hey now, comb your hair and off to work
Crash land, no illusions, no collision, no intrusion
My imagination runs away

I know, I know, I know what I am chasing
I know, I know, I know that this is changing me

I am flying on a star into a meteor tonight
I am flying on a star, star, star
I will make it through the day
And then the day becomes the night
I will make it through the night

Hey now, take the U-Bahn, five stops, change the station
Hey now, don't forget that change will save you
Hey now, count a thousand-million people, that's astounding
Chasing through the city with their stars on bright

I know, I know, I know what I am chasing
I know, I know, I know that this is changing me

I am flying on a star into a meteor tonight
I am flying on a star, star, star
I will make it through the day
And then the day becomes the night
I will make it through the night

I don't mind repeating, I am not complete
I have never been the gifted type
Hey, man, tell me something, are you off to somewhere?
Do you want to go with me tonight?

I know, I know, I know that this is changing
We walk the streets to feel the ground I'm chasing: UBerlin

I am flying on a star into a meteor tonight
I am flying on a star, star, star
I will make it through the day
And then the day becomes the night
I will make it through the night


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"Überlin" as written by Michael Stipe Michael Mills

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  • +3
    Song MeaningI don't see it as being necessarily relationship related.

    [Hey, now, take your pills
    And hey, now, make your breakfast
    Hey, now, comb your hair and off to work
    Crash land. No illusions. No collision. No intrusion
    My imagination runs away]

    This is sort of what society expects now. Mundane and orderly, but we are always in conflict with that.

    [I know, I know, I know what I am chasing
    I know, I know, I know, that this is changing me]

    I know what I'm trying to achieve, but its changing me (like trying to get a promotion and having to become a different person to do it).

    [I am flying on a star into a meteor tonight
    I am flying on a star, star, star...
    I will make it through the day
    And then the day becomes the night
    I will make it through the night]

    Riding on a star is working to fulfill a dream, but "into a meteor", encountering resistance: being a contradiction. Even though I will collide, I will live on.

    [Hey, now take the U-Bahn
    Five stops, change the station
    Hey, now, don't forget that change will save you
    Hey, now, count a thousand-million people, that's astounding
    Chasing through the city with their stars on bright]

    Experience something new, and by doing so will keep you from being stagnate. Look around and there's many other people trying to live their dreams as well.

    [I don't mind repeating
    I am not complete
    I have never been the gifted type]

    I don't mind repeating could mean both I don't mind repeating what I say to people who need to hear it, but also repeating life lessons
    Both because I'm not complete (or completely done)
    I've never been the gifted type refers to being just a simple person, an average person.

    [Hey man, tell me something?
    Are you off to somewhere?
    Do you want to go with me tonight?]

    We all need companionship.
    druidbearon March 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment[Hey, now, take your pills
    And hey, now, make your breakfast
    Hey, now, comb your hair and off to work]
    He's coming out of a relationship, and life seems meaningless now. Sticking to the daily routine, he's not really living, but rather surviving, simply doing what is necessary.

    [Crash land. No illusions. No collision. No intrusion
    My imagination runs away]
    He's at the emotional bottom. Even though he didn't actually crash, and life continues he feels hopeless and without imagination for better times. He's also probably not ready for a new relationship right now, or maybe he just doesn't think he 's able to have one.

    [I know, I know, I know what I am chasing
    I know, I know, I know, that this is changing me
    I am flying on a star into a meteor tonight
    I am flying on a star, star, star...]
    So knowing that he's still coping with his loss and can't start a new relationship, he's just chasing for company, someone to pull 'm trough the darkness. He knows that using somebody like this will make him a different (colder) person though. And so it feels like he's "flying a star into a meteor". In other words taking huge risks and playing with his own heart.

    [I will make it through the day
    And then the day becomes the night
    I will make it through the night]
    This has a double meaning in my opinion. The direct meaning, that he'll pull himself trough the day, doing his work, and he'll manage somehow. But then the lonely night starts. But he reassures himself, that he's capable of pulling trough that as well.
    The double meaning is, he'll make it trough playing the rebound. But then he's afraid these temporary fixes might back-fire. But the reassures himself he'll manage somehow.

    [Hey, now take the U-Bahn
    Five stops, change the station]
    Go out randomly and see where fate takes you.

    [Hey, now, don't forget that change will save you]
    You'll have to introduce something new into your life, so you won't be reminded of what you've lost.

    [Hey, now, count a thousand-million people, that's astounding
    Chasing through the city with their stars on bright]
    You're not the only one going trough this. In fact at times it seems like the whole city is filled with people making do, all coping with their losses and all trying to substitute it with some sort of relationship.

    [I don't mind repeating
    I am not complete]
    He doesn't mind having to start over building a new relationship. He needs someone in his life, so he'll have to.

    [I have never been the gifted type]
    He's not the type of person to whom making relationships come natural, he has to figure everything out as he goes.

    [Hey man, tell me something?
    Are you off to somewhere?
    Do you want to go with me tonight?]
    So he's reaching out, trying to connect with someone.
    stevedhondton March 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, great video.
    dobadogon April 02, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTheir lyrics become more clear as the years go by, but the depth remains the same, and it's really powerful. They're specifically talking about Germany, but it could refer to any place you go where it feels like there's no deep connection to be found: it's particularly clear in that European country (where so much has been lost)
    bernlin2000on January 18, 2012   Link

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