"Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" as written by and Pavement....
Some bands I like to name check,
And one of them is REM,
Classic songs with a long history
Southern boys just like you and me.
are - E - M
Flashback to 1983,
Chronic Town was their first EP
Later on came Reckoning
Finster's art, and titles to match:
South Central Rain, Don't Go Back To Rockville,
Harbourcoat, Pretty Persuasion,
You were born to be a camera,
Time After Time was my least favourite song,
Time After Time was my least favourite song.
The singer, he had long hair
And the drummer he knew restrait.
And the bass man he had all the right moves
And the guitar player was no saint.
So lets go way back to the ancient times
When there were no 50 states,

And on a hill there stands Sherman
Sherman and his mates.
And they're marching through Georgia,
we're marching through Georgia,
we're marching through Georgia
G-G-G-G-Georgia
They're marching through Georgia,
we're marching through Georgia,
marching through Georgia
G-G-G-G-Georgia
and there stands REM

(Aye Sir, Aye Sir, Aye Sir they're coming, Aye Sir, move those wagons, Aye
Sir, Artillery's in place Sir, Aye Sir, Aye Sir, hide it, hide it, Aye
Sir, run, run.)


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"Unseen Power of the Picket Fence" as written by Pavement

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    General Comment'Time after time is my least favourite song' is a great line.

    I read on a site somewhere, I thought it was this one, that the song was comparing REM to the Southerner's stand at pickett's mill. I'm inclined to agree with this. The idea was that while REM were a pop band, they stood up against the overwhelming number of crappy mainstream pop acts which prevail over more exciting and creative bands. The analogy used is the stand at Pickett's Mill where the people stood up against the dominant forces which ultimately prevailed.

    There's a clue in the line 'southern boys just like you and me, REM.'

    However, Malkus is against such North/south divides like the north/south divide in california which is what the song Unfair is about. (He explains this is the sleeve notes for LA's Desert origins.) Also I believe Malkmus is from the North.

    I don't really have any answers. I just wanted to share these thoughts.
    xmason October 08, 2011   Link

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