"Fall On Me" as written by and Peter Buck Bill Berry....
There's a problem, feathers iron
Bargain buildings, weights and pullies
Feathers hit the ground before the weight can leave the air
Buy the sky and sell the sky and tell the sky and tell the sky

Don't fall on me (What is it up in the air for) (It's gonna fall)
Fall on me (If it's there for long) (It's gonna fall)
Fall on me (It's over it's over me) (It's gonna fall)

There's the progress we have found (when the rain)
A way to talk around the problem (when the children reign)
Building towered foresight (keep your conscience in the dark)
isn't anything at all (melt the statues in the park)
Buy the sky and sell the sky and bleed the sky and tell the sky

Don't fall on me

Well I could keep it above
But then it wouldn't be sky anymore
So if I send it to you you've got to promise to keep it whole

Buy the sky and sell the sky and lift your arms up to the sky
And ask the sky and ask the sky

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    General CommentThe song is about anything you want it to be. It could be about acid rain, but there is a double meaning. The sky is a metaphor for your reputation and living life carefree and how easily it can be tainted, polluted, by other individuals as well as yourself. You have to take care of it, be careful of your actions, who you share your secrets with....but is that really living? "Building towered foresight isn't anything at all"....if you do that then you aren't really living a genuine life. What is it up in the air for? You don't have to live a life of scrutiny if you hide. If it's there too long... exposed.... it will fall...maybe temporarily or permanently, or with certain people, and it sounds like your fault because "it's over, it's over me." You must deal with the repercussions raining back down on you....kind like tears...the song echoes failure pretty heavily as well....failing yourself and everyone else...and how we are all in this together. From the start the song contrasts different themes and sounds, feathers and iron are compared literally in the first verse, hitting the ground before the weight can "leave the air." It also starts out kind of like a ballad, and returns to that at times, lots of voices singing in the background strongly represent the theme of other people talking about your reputation. Will the sky, or whatever "it" is, fall or will it not? This could all be bullshit, of course, but I think it's possible. It just seems very alive, too complex and emotional to be just about acid rain.
    PolishPrisoneron April 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the deterioration of quality in architectural design. The glamourization of high rise real estate(buy the sky sell the sky), and lack of mixed use planning in cities (found a way to talk around the problem, foresight isn't anything at all).
    yogaboaton November 18, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOne of the very best REM songs. the acid rain explanation is very good.
    hlsguyon September 03, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe first verse clearly refers to Galileo's experiments on gravity.
    Diego8978on February 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMost gorgeous song I've ever heard. And I (finally) got to hear it live couple weeks ago - transcendant moment.
    shimrodon July 06, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI was very young when this song came out and I had it on 45rpm.I somehow interpreted it as the individual against the world(symbolized by the sky)and the cry of "don't fall on me" as someone downtrodden pleading with whatever was more powerful than them to stop dropping burden after burden on them.

    "Lift your arms up to the sky,and ask the sky and ask the sky,don't fall on me"
    - the isolated,alienated,voiceless individual literally pleading with something/someone in a powerful position to please not burden them anymore(I'd already been through too much s**t at 13).

    "There's a progress;we have found a way to talk around the problem...note it's "around" the problem,not talk *about* it,in other words,avoid and ignore the issue at
    hand and the suffering individual.

    "I would keep it above,but then it wouldn't be sky anymore;so if I send it to you,you've got to promise to keep it whole"- the individual is making a futile attempt to use reason and logic and have a say,but they are still ignored.

    Just my own interpretation.
    ShatteredVinylon February 19, 2018   Link
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    General Commentyea, i still like to think of it as a love song every now and then...my problem with this song is that it only runs 2:45, it is absolutely incredible
    ZinbobDanon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis songs means about the progress. It says that the human progress it is not being done in the right way.
    If we think about buy the sky and sell the sky, it could be interpreted as it is the only thing that human being has not conquered, ruled and contamined. Stipe is predicting the future saying the sky not to crumble on us once is conquered.
    eduarrondoon March 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDonDiego is right on: the 1st verse really is a comment on theory of gravity--my H.S. freshman Science teacher liked to expand upon such concepts like: solid matter, i.e., abrick, can fall apart into it smallest particles and it's still going to be matter. Matter will never go away or disappear--then we'd segue into the concept of splitting the smallest particles to make atomic power--after a yr. of that, I was very "no nukes"even to this day! If that made anybody go, "What does this sh*t have do w/this song??", I saw Michael Stipe in an interview on MuchMusic around the time this song was popular and he explained how he wrote "Fall On Me" by splitting this song into 4 basic concepts! Whoa! Hey Mike, can't you just tell us peons in 1 or 2 paragraphs?!? I was thinking at the time, and now here we all are doing it! LOL Enjoy the song, folks--that's all it's about sometimes.
    pharmageekon August 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the "buy the sky and sell the sky" lyric refers to pollution and how power generators are able to buy credits to pollute.
    jimmycocoapopson May 07, 2008   Link

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