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The Stone Roses – Waterfall Lyrics 10 years ago
OH, and to add this line:

"To be whipped by the winds of the west"

pretty self explanitory....

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The Stone Roses – Waterfall Lyrics 10 years ago
I got the Gulf war impression as well particularly from these lines:

"To steal what she never could own"
-Land, oil, wealth possibly, although the US doesn't really have a shortage of those

"Free from the filth and the scum
This American satelites won"
-Free from the Iraqis in Kuwait?

"Stands on shifting sands"
- Sands, desert, Middle East perhaps.

I know these are only 3 lines in the song, but reading the lyrics as a whole, especially with these 3 lines, gave me the impression it references the Gulf War.

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R.E.M. – The Great Beyond Lyrics 10 years ago
Yeah Nirvana is probably not the right term. I don't know that much about Buddhism, but I know that some schools believe in separate dimensions that are all part of one. I'm not sure if it's like Hinduism's Brahman and Atman, but that might be a better example of what 'The Great Beyond' might actually be referring to. And from the understanding I have about desires it is more material posessions not , but you're right he shouldn't want those things. and again i totally get what you are saying in your post, but for whatever reason I don't get that vibe from the song. And I don't personally really think it's all Buddhist symbolism I just thought that was an interesting concept, but further review it doesn't seem to stand up to the Buddhism idea all that strong

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R.E.M. – The Great Beyond Lyrics 10 years ago
I understand everything that DerUnbequeme is saying and it definitely makes sense, but I really dont get the feeling from leading the lyrics as a whole and listening to the song that is actually about a conversation. I see it as most people do which is about achievement, but also at the same time the whole idea of Enlightenment in Buddhism fits very well in the lyrics of this song, wiith the Great Beyond being Nirvana of some sort?

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