"Electrolite" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Your eyes are burning holes through me
I'm gasoline
I'm burnin' clean

Twentieth century go and sleep
You're Pleistocene
That is obscene
That is obscene

[Chorus]
You are the star tonight
Your sun electric, outta sight
Your light eclipsed the moon tonight
Electrolite
You're outta sight

If I ever want to fly
Mulholland Drive
I am alive

Hollywood is under me
I'm Martin Sheen
I'm Steve McQueen
I'm Jimmy Dean

[Chorus]

If you ever want to fly
Mulholland Drive
Up in the sky
Stand on a cliff and look down there
Don't be scared, you are alive
You are alive

[Chorus]

Twentieth century go and sleep
Really deep
We won't blink

Your eyes are burning holes through me
I'm not scared
I'm outta here
I'm not scared
I'm outta here


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"Electrolite" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General Commentthe prettiest song from new adventures in hifi and a great way to end the album, on a high note and one of the more traditional sounding rem tracks. wonderful.
    xpankfrisston April 30, 2002   Link
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    MemoryNow, REM is my favorite, I mean FAVORITE band. I wouldn't know them if my mom didn't play Electrolite in the car when I was little. Last year, I was bored and suddenly remembered "Your eyes are burning holes through me". I didn't know the title. I couldn't get it out of my head and was very intrigued. I searched those lyrics on youtube and found Electrolite. I clicked on it and said, "Woah! That's the song!" I then used my mom's phone and looked for the band that played it. I found REM and looked through all the songs that were on there. The second song I found was E-bow the letter, which is one of my favorites today. But my love for REM would not be if I had not remembered Electrolite. Thank you, REM!
    larynkon March 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout an alien abduction.
    Chloe le Fayon July 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentan alien abduction? haha, i never thought of that but i can see it now...third best song on the album behind "so fast, so numb" and "e-bow"...
    ZinbobDanon April 26, 2003   Link
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    General Commentan alien abduction? weird... i think its about celebrities, putting yourself in the position of a celebrity, or someone treating you like their 'star' though the last few lines are a bit confusing
    Little_Baby_Nothingon June 08, 2003   Link
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    General CommentRhis song is one of the reasons I decided to learn piano.
    fuckyouallon April 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSounds like a typical love song to me. So simple and well-written - I love it. Michael Stipe has such a cool voice. The alien abduction theory makes more sense if the lyrics are to be taken more literally.
    godsmack369on November 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about fame - eyes burning holes through me is everyone recognizing you on the street. it's also a criticism of old moldy film making and it's outdated politics and networks, maybe to give the newbies a chance, and a loose reference to the information age enabling anyone to make a film? Sort of a twist on Warhol's 15 minutes of fame.
    yogaboaton November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the alien abduction meaning, brings to mind David Lynch. I always figured this as sort of a comment on L.A.
    stickchair67on January 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLmao, Alien abduction? I've actually just listened to this, on the "In Time" Album, and I love its. It's really melodic, it's got a fantastic tune, in the background especially when he sings "Electrolite you're outta sight" I don't think its about alien abduction, lol.

    ElectrolYte: A chemical compound that ionizes when dissolved or molten to produce an electrically conductive medium.

    Maybe Stipe has changed the letters round to befit the song?

    I'm not sure, I think it's a twisted love song, considering the bit where he sings
    "Your eyes are burning holes through me"
    And also the bit "You're plasticine" - maybe connotations of someone that is easily moulded/changed? Like the phrase "Putty in my hands".

    and, "I'm Martin Sheen
    I'm Steve McQueen
    I'm Jimmy Dean
    You are the star tonight.
    Your sun electric, outta sight.
    Your light eclipsed the moon tonight.
    Elecrolite.
    You're outta sight."

    Maybe they're on a night out for the first time? I'm not 100% sure, just certain lines in the song sound weirdly like a love song. But definitley not alien abductions lol.
    punk_pwincesson January 18, 2005   Link

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