Michael Stipe was known for lacking narrative in his earlier songs (that's a bit of an ...
This name I got we all were green
See could stop, stop it well rid
We could bind it in the scythe
We could gather, throw a fit
Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs, but not me in
Set a trap for love, making, a waste of time sitting still

I'm the sun and you can read
I'm the sign and you're not deaf
We could bind it in the scythe
We could gather, throw a fit

Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs, but not me in
Set a trap for love, making, a waste of time sitting still
I can hear you, I can hear you, I can hear you

This name I got we all were green
See could stop, stop it well rid
We could bind it in the scythe
We could gather, throw a fit

Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs, but not me in
Set a trap for love, making, a waste of time sitting still
I can hear you, I can hear you, I can hear you

You can gather when I talk, talk until you're blue
You could get away from me, get away from me

Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs, but not me in
Set a trap for love, making, a waste of time sitting still
I, I, I can hear you, I, I, I can hear you, I, I, I can hear you
I, I, I can hear you, I, I, I can hear you, I, I, I can hear you
Can you hear me?


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"Sitting Still" as written by Peter Buck Bill Berry

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    General Commentit's kinda funny how this song makes sense when your high. i think the song reflects somebody who listens to everybody's problems, experiences, etc but doesn't really care (hence the ambiguity of the lyrics, he's not really paying attention). but when it comes to his time to talk/share whatever he thinks, those who were lecturing him disregard whatever he has to say and continue to talk, being forced to sit still

    "You can gather when I talk, talk until you're blue
    You could get away from me
    Get away from me"
    everytime the person comes around to listen to the singers thoughts, they start talking over him(talk until YOU'RE blue), upsetting the singer.

    the last line is his last attempt at trying to let his thoughts out "i can hear you (meaning he's listening to the babel but doesn't care) can you hear me (am i babeling to you/do you understand me)?"

    it's funny how an ambiguously written song can have meaning to somebody. probably my favorite R.E.M. song
    smokey24on January 18, 2007   Link

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