Easy to poke yourself square in the eye
Harder to like yourself, harder to try

These are espouses
Postcards and neoprene
Roses a dollar a stem
Everyone sleeping or pulling the long haul and
Keys in the cooler it's three A.M
And Saturn is beckoning no-one
It's offering up
Late shift convenience store, burn out the lights
Telescope roof towards the north-western sky
You pulled the ladder and no-ones the wiser
You find your sights and discover

Saturn is orbiting nothing
He's off on its own
He's breaking from home

Easy to poke yourself square in the eye
Harder to like yourself, harder to try

You found the ladder in the pattern of your wrist
You've seen and you've marked horizons
Mother was difficult, she made you cry
Cover the mirror, look to the sky
You climb into your rocket ship trying
Lift up and hold out your hands

Saturn is orbiting nothing
He's off on its own
He's breaking from home

Saturn is orbiting nothing
He's off on its own
He's breaking from home

Saturn returns when you chased down, it slows
Throw them into a new gravity

Harder to look yourself square in the eye
Easy to poke yourself, easy as pie
Easy to take off, harder to fly
Harder to wake Galileo

Lyrics submitted by xpankfrisst

"Saturn Return" as written by Michael Mills Peter Buck

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite songs from REM. It's just amazing construction of lyric and sound.

    I think it's about being alone because you're different than the rest of society, constantly looking at the stars (celebs) and the 'better people' and feeling inferior, to the point where self-destruction has taken place. I also think it can also mean that you've left the popular mentality behind, but are now seen as more of an outsider and strange, much like Galileo's ideas went against the teachings of the church.
    cascadia4on August 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenten.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    gweepson September 04, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationThis is one of my favourite songs, period - I enjoyed reading about the Saturn return so thanks for posting the link. I've always felt this song is about going through your struggles and strife as you age and the wonder and joy you feel at reaching a personal milestone and improving as a person - the lyrics imply a temporary self-removal from life and newfound perspective; recognising you've 'seen and marked horizons' and climbing into your 'rocketship triumph' but at the same time realising you've still got some way to go - 'easy to take off, harder to fly'. I particularly like the last minute of the song.
    limitanei6on October 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenteven though it's a fairly new one, i think this may be my favorite rem song. it's so unbelievably beautiful. at first, i heard it several times, only half listening, until finally looked down at the lines on my wrist and almost cried at how beautiful that part of the song is. our escape route to the stars lies within ourselves.
    renderon July 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm with you there Render. This song gives me chills when I listen to it. It's so, well PERFECT. This and Monty got a Raw Deal are my two favorite R.E.M. songs.
    Emo_ezraliteon August 13, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about leaving.
    and it puts the beautiful and sad parts of leaving into the most perfect perspective.
    homesickforspaceon April 15, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah I think this is one of their best, most beautiful songs. I think it says self-destructive behaviors are easy compared to actually trying to look into yourself for answers. You can accept your wandering self (Saturn) or you can try to understand and bring sense to it (waking Galileo or flying there and reigning Saturn in). That's just the weird way I see the song. It's up there with Losing My Religion, Monty, and Nightswimming for my favorite by REM.
    Relinquo1on April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song in actually beautifull ♥
    I'v always imagened the line "you've seen and you've marked horizons" as an attempt of suicide..you know, slitting your wrists..
    It's an awesome song, that I also see as being about hating yourself
    "harder to like yourself , harder to try"
    MyCrushWithEyelineron March 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    MemoryWell, I found my new horizons and gravities and sights in nature; I recently had a dream where I was joyfully exploring each bird that came across my path, and this song was playing. When the song got to the line "Harder to wake Galileo", I was awakened by my alarm clock the very instant the line concluded. The kicker is that I had deliberately changed my sleep schedule and was waking up earlier to, yes, get outside earlier to catch the early birds!
    JohnDiFool2on June 09, 2012   Link
  • -2
    General Commentcome on more comments assholes! its one of michael's favorite!

    12345on June 20, 2006   Link

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