"At My Most Beautiful" as written by and Mike Mills Peter Buck....
I've found a way to make you
I've found a way
A way to make you smile

I read bad poetry
Into your machine
I save your messages
Just to hear your voice
You always listen carefully
To awkward rhymes
You always say your name
Like I wouldn't know it's you
At your most beautiful

I've found a way to make you
I've found a way
A way to make you smile

At my most beautiful
I count your eyelashes secretly
With every one, whisper I love you
I let you sleep
I know your closed eye watching me
I thought I saw a smile

I've found a way to make you
I've found a way
A way to make you smile

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"At My Most Beautiful" as written by Mike Mills Peter Buck

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  • +2
    General CommentPeople! We're supposed to talk about the meaning of the song.

    This song was written about Bill Berry while he was in the hospital. Up was their first record as a trio!
    RedLightWrithingon February 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentone of the most beautiful love songs ever but one of the greatest bands ever. people often overlook r.e.m. but if you listen to their first album (murmur, released in 1983) its still a hell of a lot better than a lot of the crap in the charts nowadays. May they live long.
    xpankfrisston April 30, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe music in this song is heavily influenced by Brian Wilson of Beach Boys fame, the "way to make you smile" lyrics are a nod to Wilson's long unfinished (until 2004) "Smile" album.
    Although the lyrics go alot deeper than that obviously
    tomautoon December 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwow, i'm not even in a relationship (or in love) and this song has been stuck in my head for two days straight. (i still think the bells are like christmas ha ha.)

    i think it's very interesting that neither the man nor woman is ever described through visual imagery, yet the song is about beauty. She is beautiful to him when on the phone, he is beautiful to her when she is pretending to sleep. the idea that they don't even need to see each other to see beauty in each other is beautiful itself, no?
    lexusinabasketon February 03, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationDon't get me wrong, I adore R.E.M and this song is one of their greatest, but I think the lyrics appear to be addressing someone in a coma.
    "I read bad poetry
    Into your machine
    I save your messages
    Just to hear your voice."
    "Your machine" I think is a life support machine, and many people in a coma respond to stimuli, such as a voice of a loved one, a touch from someone's hand, or in this case bad poetry. It may be an attempt to rouse their brain to activity. "Save your messages" could mean the focaliser attempts to keep all she/he said close to them, stuff like recorded voicemails of letters.
    "I count your eyelashes secretly.
    With every one, whisper I love you.
    I let you sleep.
    I know you're closed eye watching me,
    I thought I saw a smile."
    While she/he is in a coma, the focaliser takes into account everything about them, such as their closed eyes, eyelashes, and wishes they could tell the patient one last time that they love them. Although they aren't responsive, the focaliser imagines the patient is watching them, and hearing what they are saying. "I thought a saw a smile" could refer to many of the reactions patients may have. Some people squeeze hands or smile while still in a coma, sometimes it means they are waking up, more often than not it's simply an unconscious reaction.
    "I've found a way
    A way to make you smile "
    This may mean although they know their loved one may never wake up, or respond to stimuli, if they smile then the focaliser takes joy in that small fact.
    OwlAssassinon October 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo beautiful. It's just like he's doing all these things forsomeone cos he's so in awe of them and so in love. He's doing these things that are so simple and that he thinks are maybe dumb, but they mean ao much to him and whoever it is about. Just makes me think of my girlfriend...
    thelespaulon May 03, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmuito bonita essa musica
    Little_Girlon September 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so sweet and so innocent. beautiful.
    kristensicleon March 21, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I'm crazy for someone,but I dunno if she likes me,too,in a way that I do.Then even if she doesn't,it would still make me think "i'm still the one who finds a way to make her smile,anyway!"
    acidbabeon April 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentMy fave romantic song ever.The music is so simple and the lyrics are extremely sweet and tender.If i ever get married someday,this will be my wedding song(if there's such a thing as a wedding song!!!)
    Joekubrickon July 05, 2003   Link

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