"Near Wild Heaven" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
Whenever we hold each other
We hold each other
There's a feeling that's going
Something has gone wrong

And I don't know how much longer I can take it
House made of heart, break it
Take my head in your hands and shake it
In this, near Wild Heaven
Not near enough

Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)
Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)

Whatever it takes, I'm giving
It's just a gift I'm given
Try to live inside
Trying to move inside
And I always thought that it would make me smarter
But it's only made me harder
My heart thrown open wide
This near wild heaven
Not near enough

Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)
Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)

Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)
Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)

I'm holding my hands together
I'm holding my feet together
I'm holding myself together
In this near wild heaven
Not near enough
Near wild heaven
Near wild heaven

Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)
Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)

Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)
Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)

Living inside, living inside, living inside (near Wild heaven)


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"Near Wild Heaven" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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  • +2
    General CommentLove when Mr. Mills takes the vocal lead.
    99luftballoonson May 12, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe song simply decries a love situation where everything is "nearly" perfect but something is preventing the good relationship. One tries hard to make everything work out, yet something is still holding the two apart from each other. Almost everyone can relate to a relationship at some point in their lives where the lyrics would fit. R.E.M. are truly great musicians.
    sfesenmeier1on September 28, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti adore the style of this song, how happy it sounds (even though the lyrics are forboding). the sound of the song was meant to pay homage to the Beach Boys.
    snozzberryon August 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commenta down-to-earth lyric about love gone bad. clinging to love with the wrong one. there is no 'right' one (mr./mrs. right), just the one that is 'right for you'. sadly, sometimes, there IS love, but between two mis-matched people. alas, the love is NOT enough sometimes in these cases. this is what he's talking about.
    omega-alatiaon December 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionSo pure yet so sad
    Boreqon July 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenta boyfriend of mine once played this song for me and told me it reminded him of us. should have been a my first clue that it wasnt' going to work out. oh well, good song.
    stacibugon May 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow are there only FOUR comments on this song? it's hands down, the best REM song ever made. it's so upbeat
    Plateauon July 29, 2008   Link

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