"The Apologist" as written by and Michael Mills Peter Buck....
They call me the apologist.
And now that I'm at peak.
You know at first it really hurt.
We joke about these things.
I've skirted all my differences
But now I'm facing up.
I wanted to apologize for
Everything I was. so
I'm sorry so sorry

Did you understand me right?
The people here are good.
They tell me what I should have done
And offer what I could.
I'm good all is good
All's well no complaints.
When I feel regret,
I get down on my knees and pray.
I'm sorry, so sorry

I live a simple life
Unfettered by complex sweets.
You think this isn't me?
Don't be weak.
There I go.
I'm so sorry.

Thank you for being there for me.
Thank you for listening, goodbye.
I can forfeit selfishness
I hope for you that you apply
This happiness
This peacefulness
I'm sorry, so sorry

I live a simple life
Unfettered by complex sweets.
You think this isn't me?
That's so sweet.
I'm so sorry


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"The Apologist" as written by Michael Mills Peter Buck

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    General Commentsomeone told me stipe wrote this about a guy who was in AA, and as part of the 12 steps he had to apologize to everyone he had hurt, but he was a real asshole about it.
    schlieffenon March 04, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI like this song, especially since I am kind of an "apologist". My friends threaten me everytime I say sorry b/c I say it so much.
    prozakruinon May 23, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyup. i feel the same. i quote this song alot to people...im an evil bastard u see
    rieveon May 06, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah my dad gets mad at me like that too. Everytime anyone says something to me that could be considered negative, I immediatly start saying "I'm sorry" without letting them finish. They say it's really annoying.
    Relinquo1on April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentApologizing gets automatic after a while... I think that doesn't necessarily mean you don't mean it, though. This song is about guilt and regret, and its relative ineffectuality in the case of this guy. He's saying, hey, I'm really sorry if I hurt you, but this is the way it has to be.
    airwolf queenon March 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song came out shortly after Bill Clinton got caught with Monica Lewinsky and put forth a massive cross-country campaign apologizing for it and hoping to restore his image. Rightly or wrongly, I've always assumed this song was about him.
    PencilNeckedGeekon April 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe "institution" of confession in the catholic church comes to mind. Especially related to parts:
    "When I feel regret,
    I get down on my knees and pray."
    and
    "Thank you for being there for me.
    Thank you for listening, goodbye."
    Michael seems to criticize how some people feel that they can make things right by showing remorse, and in time it can become a habit: thinking about the confession and regret even as you're doing the deed...
    soboton March 01, 2016   Link

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