"All the Best" as written by and Peter Lawrence/mills Buck....
So over me
So pie in my face
So talk to me
Tell me where to place these
In my Quasimodo heart
That's where I slipped and fell
I rang the church bell
Till my ears bled red blood cells

I think I'll sing it and rhyme
I'll give it one more time
I'll show the kids how to do it fine, fine, fine, fine

I hold the mirror off
You tell me what is what
You tell me which part of my story baby stuck, stuck, stuck
I'm in a part of your dreams
That you don't even understand
It's just like me to overstay my welcome men

Let's sing it and rhyme
Let's give it one more time
Let's show the kids how to do it fine, fine, fine, fine

Oh

I just have to get that off my chest
Now it's time to give with the best
All the best
All the best
All the best
All the best, best, best

It's just like me to overstay my welcome bless

Let's sing it and rhyme
Let's give it one more time
Let's show the kids how to do it fine, fine, fine, fine
Let's sing it and rhyme
Let's give it one more time
Let's show the kids how to do it fine, fine, fine, fine


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"All the Best" as written by Michael Stipe Michael Mills

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  • +1
    General CommentThis song foreshadows the band's 2011 breakup. "There are some straight-forward see-you-laters on that one" said Mike Mills in Rolling Stone magazine.
    NVareaon October 01, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationYeah, reads to me as a rant against critics of their work. "I'm in a part of your dreams that you don't even understand" is a fantastic line, perhaps one of my favourite R.E.M. lyrics. Full of swagger and arrogance because they have nothing to prove.
    CollapseIntoNowon November 07, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"I hold the mirror off" should be "I hold the mirror UP" - Stipe has said it's his job as lyricist to "hold a mirror up" to the listener, so they can see their "reflection" in a song and therefore make it their own. Also, "It's just like me to overstay my welcome, MAN," man is singular, because that rhymes with the preceding "understand". The lyrics are included with the record, so...

    Also, Michael Stipe's full name is John Michael Stipe, since those credits have the full names for the other band members.
    JustinCrouseon December 19, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI don't view this song as a rant. I view it as whiny with major undeserved 'tude. It's a song of arrogance, and unrealisticly so. Some songs protest too much; this is one of them. Just began listening to R.E.M, a band I wish I did not like. Songs such as One I Love are so lyrically shallow and pathetic that I had sworn off the band. (The song is a gag-me tune devoid of love and reality.) However, I've made myself give the band a second chance and I do believe they guys are/were very talented. I wish it weren't so, Joe, but there's a lot of talent there.
    NooContacton December 10, 2012   Link

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