"So. Central Rain" as written by and Patrick Buck Markus Binapfl....
Did you never call? I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
The trees will bend, the cities wash away
The city on the river there is a girl without a dream

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry

Eastern to Mountain, third party call, the lines are down
The wise man built his words upon the rocks
But I'm not bound to follow suit
The trees will bend, the conversation's dimmed
Go build yourself another home, this choice isn't mine

I'm sorry, I'm sorry
Did you never call? I waited for your call
These rivers of suggestion are driving me away
The ocean sang, the conversation's dimmed
Go build yourself another dream, this choice isn't mine

I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry


Lyrics submitted by Nelly, edited by epiwoosh

"So. Central Rain" as written by Peter Buck Michael Stipe

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    General CommentThe meaning of this song is pretty clear to me, at least in comparison with other early R.E.M. songs. Stipe is awaiting a call from his lover (the "girl without a dream"), who he is separated from at the moment. The long distance or some other factor seems to have put a strain on the relationship, and when he doesn't get the call he was expecting, he assumes he has been snubbed and is left to contemplate what went wrong, believing himself to be responsible, hence the whole "I'm sorry" chorus. In a nice twist of dramatic irony, however, the real reason Stipe didn't get the call is simply because the phone lines in the (South Central?) area where his girlfriend was were down due to a rainstorm, unknown to Stipe. It's a rather simplistic storyline in comparison to many more incoherent R.E.M. songs, but it is still very effective. Out of the countless songs I've heard which use "I'm sorry" as a chorus or recurring lyric, this one is my favorite.
    HyperBullyon February 25, 2011   Link

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