"You're In The Air" as written by and Michael Mills Peter Buck....
You wanted a challenge
that's calling you higher I landed
on my feet by crawling
I remember standing alone
trying to forget you idling I hate to admit that
That's my reference point
but there it is you say you want me

I'm what you found I'm upside down
you're in the air you're in the air and I am breathing

Brighten the stars the weather is lifting the heavens
love a love like this it's pulling
You higher twist it and turn this around
it lights from within it dribbles your chin now
Brings a smile I'm lost again I'm lost again

I'm what you found
I'm upside down
you're in the air you're in the air
And I am breathing you

I want the stars to know
they've won if only to beguile
the sky has opened up again in
Heaven reconciled I want you naked
I want you wild I want the stars to know they win
Give me that smile just give it me
just turn it on I'm lost again

I'm what you found I'm upside down
you're in the air I'm what you found I'm upside down
You're in the air I'm what you found I'm upside down
you're everywhere you're in the air
And I am breathing you

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"You're in the Air" as written by Michael Mills Peter Buck

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    General CommentRawkindDJ. Couldn't have put it better. All I could add is that I tink this song is about being left behind. But you got it nailed.

    Stipe does unrequited love better than anyone. And his cry 4.18 in is enough to break your heart.
    toolatetheloveon October 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI would call this an obsession-song. The feeling of this song seems very similar to "You" off Monster.

    Though R.E.M. do not write a huge amount of love songs, and Up has about two of them, this definitely seems about romantic desire. Not just a crush, he can't stop thinking about the person at all.
    JohnTheSavage1on December 01, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe nobody has commented on this song. Or barely on any of the songs off of this album.

    This is incredible.

    "I remember standing alone trying to forget you idling. I hate to admit that that's my reference point.. but there it is."

    Everyone has been there, absolutely everybody.

    "I want you naked, I want you wild, I want the stars to know they win..."
    makeartnotmathon September 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI *love* this song... mostly because I dedicated it to a certain someone *grin* ... I wish he could see me like I see him...

    Anyway, slightly strange interpretation but here goes: I was at a fair recently and I was comparing the feelings of going up in the air, losing control and that swimmy feeling in your tummy you get on rides to the feeling of being in love. (Probably only becaus eI was thinking about aforementioned person at the time!) Anyway, that's what this song means to me.
    simsfreqon October 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's amazing that the tow best love songs ever written can be found on the same album (the other being At My Most Beautiful).

    It took me a long time to work out this was a love song but when you get it it's so obvious, It's about a man who feel like a useless stumbling idiot next to his amazing girlfriend who he feels can achieve anything.

    Its' about how he feels like a bumbling idiot next to her. And about how grateful he is to have her.
    solenton April 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is absolutely incredible.

    To me, its about a man who is completely enamored, utterly intoxicated by a woman who he believes is above him. Somehow, she wants him anyway so he gives in, wants to 'let the stars know they've won'.
    Most of the song just expresses his complete captivation with her, to the point that she is the air he is breathing, he needs her more than anything. The emotion is intense, enough to give you shivers just listening to it. Its amazing.
    Aerieson April 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commentguru
    RIverXon July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe it's because of my personal experience, but to me this song is about trying to forget someone you're deeply in love with after a failed relationship.
    But you find that it's extremely difficult to forget, after being so close. Everything reminds you of that person, he/she had become a vital element in your life and you get that feeling that he/she is in the air you're breathing.
    You meet this person again and they find that you're upside down because you're not able to get over that person.
    If you got hurt, you might hold a grudge, but all it takes is a smile to get lost again.
    RawkinDJon March 24, 2010   Link

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