"Houston" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
If the storm doesn't kill me the government will
I've got to get that out of my head
It's a new day today and the coffee is strong
I've finally got some rest

So a man's put to task and challenges
I was taught to hold my head high
Collect what is mine,
Make the best of what today has

Houston is filled with promise
Laredo is a beautiful place
Galveston sings like that song that I loved
Its meaning has not been erased

And so there are claims forgiven
And so there are things that are gone


And some things, they fall to the wayside
Their memory is yet to be still
Belief has not filled me
And so I am put to the test

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"Houston" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

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    General CommentKatrina
    phoenixgsuon April 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI know Stipe said at the gigs from round this era that it's to do with Katrina and how he's sick of politicians telling him what to fear when he should be the one to decide.

    However, I've always viewed this song as one which puts aside politicial beliefs to focus on the disaster and the help dished out to save people.

    "If the storm doesn't kill me, the government will, I've got to get that out of my head" is like someone who thinks the government is conspiring against them but decides to leave it be when they see what is being done for them in terms of aid. Sort of 'maybe the government isn't that bad after all'.

    "And so there are claims forgiven, and so there are things that are gone" - first line seems to put aside differences in political opinion, second line seems to acknowledge Hurricane Katrina has destroyed the landscape.

    Also, "and some things fall to the wayside" could have that same political bent to them.

    So it's not necessarily a 'I forgive the government' song but perhaps a song where political opinion is put to the side and how people can come together in times of harrowing disaster like this. After that it's back to the different ideals clashing.

    Simon :)
    icecreamscusemeon September 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYup, pretty evident right from the first line.
    Cruiserfanon April 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyes its about hurricane katrina; the last verse perhaps suggesting that it is the memory of the disaster that has fallen by the wayside, or maybe simply the rebiuilding of new orleans itself.
    ramshotelon April 13, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt is interesting they mention Galveston (TX) because it too suffered a devastating Hurricane on September 8, 1900. Over 6000 men women and children died in the storm, but the island rebuilt.
    Namssorgon May 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThey actually mentioned at the show that they talked to a few survivors of Katrina for "more detail" with this song when they played on friday.
    Mindbreaker4228on June 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits even crazier now that Galveston was obliterated a few months back.
    and even parts of Houston.
    jharley78on November 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI like to think of this as a song about the land that Houston inhabits... I imagine a city that is born from the wake of Houston's storm-picked bones, built to last, wrought from stone and vertically ascending amidst the old live oaks that belong in the dirt of the bayous. Music bounces around the varied angles of its highly graffiti'd towers, muffled by the humid gardens in which fat stray cats roam, and quiet corners can be found to watch the grey clouds laden with moisture and violet energy.
    Houston may be a shit town, but it is also a beautiful place.
    AhabDuckfooton September 07, 2011   Link
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    kevinebon March 12, 2009   Link

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