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   미쯔 (2004-03-05 16:04:41, Hit : 11224, Vote : 2780)
   [R.E.M.] Losing my religion

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[Losing my religion]

Life is bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no I've said too much
I haven't said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour I'm
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool
Oh no I've said too much
I set it up

Consider this
The hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I've said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream


그때 teacher가 나눠준 프린트물의 내용을 그대로 옮겨볼까.

The lead singer and song writer for R.E.M is Michael Stipe.

I always thought Losing My Religion could be about Stipe's relationship with the media world ("That's me in the corner, that's me in the spotlight"). He has been quoted many times saying that "losing my religion" actually is a Southern phrase meaning "losing my temper". So to me it suggests he's fed up with being in "the spotlight". He seems unsure of what to say to the media ("Every whisper, of every waking hour, I'm choosing my confessions") and when he does say things he seems unsure if they were the right things to say ("Oh no I've said to much, I set it up.")

Michael Stipe might be trying contain the incomprehesible essence of God. That life itself is God and that each person is different and therefore has a different version of God. Perhaps Stipe is asking us to look deep into ourselves to find our own God, to lose our current version of religion.

Losing my religion may also be about temptation. It sounds as if Stipe is worried that if he opens his own mind too much to accept another perspective that he may be swallowed up to that perspective. In other words, should I accept that knowledge? Will it consume me? Will I become what the knowledge expects me to be? "That was just a dream, just a dream" is a line that represents his need to stay detached from image that the media is creating for him.

Michael Stipe may be crossing the line from an individual artist to a popular icon or God-like figure.

R.E.M. played their first concert in Athens, Georgia, USA, on the 19th of April 1980. Their line-up consisted of four drop-outs from the University of Georgia;Michael Stipe(born on the 4th of January 1960, in Decatur, Georgia, USA), Peter Buck(born on the 6th of December 1956, in Berkeley, California, USA). Mike Mills(born on the 17th of December 1958, in Orange County, Califormia, USA)and Bill Berry(born on the 31st of July 1958 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA). Without the charisma of Stipe and his eccentric onstage behaviour, hurling himself about with abandon in-between mumbling into the microphone, they could easily have been overlooked as just another bar band, relying on the harmonious guitar sound of the Byrd's for their inspiration. Acquiring a healthy following among the college fraternity in their hoetown, it was not long before they entered the studio to record their debut single, "Radio Free Europe", to be released independently on Hibtone Records. This was greeted with considerable praise by critics who conceded that the band amounted to more that the sum of their influences. Their country/folk sound was contradicted by a driving bass line and an urgency that put the listener more in mind of the Who in their early mod phase. Add to this the distinctive voice of Spite and his, on the whole, inaudible, perhaps even non-existent, lyrics, and R.E.M. sounded quite unlike any other band in the USA in the post-punk era of the early 80s.

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