"Beachball" as written by and Michael Mills Peter Buck....
Tonight's alive
The beach ball's set to fly
Those well tequila'd guys
Who smile at strangers

A tes souhaits
A tes amours chéri
You give a little sneeze
And dance the rhu-rhu-rhu-rhu-rhumba

This life is sweet
We're dancin' in the street
Who knows who you might meet?
You'll do fine.

The little weekend's here
Thursday has an ear
Her coffee klatch career
She talks to strangers.

And kissing by the sea
Particular to me
'Ti punch, mojito, sling and
Dance the rhu-rhu-rhu-rhu-rhumba.

This life is sweet
We're dancin' in the street
Who knows who you might meet?
You'll do fine.

We flash the seaside sky
With starfish butterflies
To cast a spell and welcome locals,
Weekenders and strangers.

You'll do fine
You'll do fine
You'll do fine


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"Beachball" as written by Michael Mills Peter Buck

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  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is gorgeous! It's so lush, perfect for early summer.

    What I love about Monster is that it's a massive departure, but they manage to make it work. A lot of people don't like it because it's not the R.E.M. they know, but I prefer to judge each album as it is, context-free, not looking for more of the same.
    januswordon April 07, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentobviously in the vast minority here, but i friggin' love this song...it ain't the political juggernaut that document-era tracks are, but it has its place...stuck in late-afternoon rush hour gridlock this song absolutely freezes time...great closer to a summery lp...not every song has to be about fightin' the man...sometimes its cool to just be...you'll do fine.
    mosesmurphy71on April 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentamazing song...why would anybody not like this song? Do you even like REM?

    anybody who appreciates REM tunes will find this is one of their finest...if not the best song

    its mysterious and unfolds like a little short story the way Mr. Stipe usually does it...

    Notice the beautiful anti-climatic ending that "reveals" the actual song


    DO YOU GET THE ACTION? if you are an REM fan it will come through to you
    destiny42dayon April 05, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAww, come on guys, it's not that bad of a song. It's a huge departure from their style, of course (and R.E.M. is a band known from their stylistic departures), but it's still good songwriting. As for the meaning, I don't think there really is one, rather, Stipe was just writing lyrics that complemented the yacht rock style of the song.
    Cobblestoneon February 21, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentmake love
    rieveon May 01, 2003   Link
  • -2
    General CommentWhy is this song on an album??? It's no good...

    Sounds like M Stipe wants to retire to the Caribbean and sing lounge songs until he's 90 and has skin like leather.
    caitsith01on October 17, 2004   Link
  • -2
    General CommentDon't know what it means, but this is my least favorite REM song on my second to least favorite REM album.
    PencilNeckedGeekon April 03, 2008   Link

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