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R.E.M. — Losing My Religion (live acoustic)
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Oh life, it's 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, fool
Oh no, I've said too much
I set it up

Consider this
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

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

But that was just a dream
Try, cry, why try
That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream
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 acolt wrote:
The thing about Losing My Religion is that there's not much to the song. I feel like it only works with full instrumentation, as it creates a better mood than just acoustic guitar and takes the listener away a bit from the fact that there's not much going on. This acoustic rendition is good, but it's kind of boring compared to the original.
 
You are so right about this. The full instrumentation brings to life the message, the mixture of emotions, internal rhythm, etc that match the words. This version clearly lacks the emphases that can only come out when other instruments accentuate the emotional and conceptual points.
They are in danger of totally ruining any legacy they have built between 1978 and 1991.{#Sad}
Meh. Yawn
The thing about Losing My Religion is that there's not much to the song. I feel like it only works with full instrumentation, as it creates a better mood than just acoustic guitar and takes the listener away a bit from the fact that there's not much going on. This acoustic rendition is good, but it's kind of boring compared to the original.
ouch. just because i haven't yet heard the acoustic version 46,000 times doesn't mean i'm not sick of this already..
Lost a lot of respect for them when I happened to see them on "Boston Public." Hope the money was good. 
 hippiechick wrote:
Happy Number 50 Michael!
 


51 is coming fast...  this is a fine version of a great song...

 
 Papernapkin wrote:

Ha! It's true, he can't sing. REM songs are so self absorbed.
 
Unlike any other rock band... especially post "Achtung Baby" U2 or anything by Rush. {#Beat}

I'll take Stipe's voice over Dylan's, Jagger's, or Neil Young's any day.  Yeah he's a bit rough on this album, but that's what you get with "Live" music.

The best R.E.M is anything before 'Out of Time'. I miss those years...{#Cry}
 crockydile wrote:
That's me on the stage.
That's me in the spotlight.
Losing my voice.
Trying to sing, when I really can't
 

The campfire doesn't really count as a spotlight, crocky. But I'll take your word for it.
 crockydile wrote:
That's me on the stage.
That's me in the spotlight.
Losing my voice.
Trying to sing, when I really can't
 
Ha! It's true, he can't sing. REM songs are so self absorbed.

Michael Stipe by *henrimikael
Henri Lassander   ©2008-2010 *henrimikael

Michael Stipe / R.E.M. at Finnair-stadium, Helsinki

September 2008



The true beauty of this song is lost when beaten over the head with it 10,000 times.  This I realized when hearing the live acoustic version.
That's me on the stage.
That's me in the spotlight.
Losing my voice.
Trying to sing, when I really can't


Excellent...  love it...

 


This is a really nice version of the song...  love it...


Fast Eddie and I used to play this acoustically. I'd play Buck's mandolin part up the neck on an old Epiphone 12-string. Man, we had fun!
That's two 10s in a row with this and the Chris Smither.  Go for the hat trick Bill.

{#Daisy}(Reminds me of my youth, and yes it wasnt that long ago that I was a "youth")

Happy Number 50 Michael!
finally HATE this one, more the acoustic version {#Headache}

I never understood what other see in this tune / musician, my loss I guess - seems overrated.
Nice version, better than the studio one!!
superb version they were on Austin city limits here last night great band thanks RP
 romeotuma wrote:


This is so good for the ears...  love it...
 
...i like how you roll.

You can't beat the enthusiasm of the lead singer and the quality of this band live
 vit wrote:
Hay is that Tiny Tim on the lead?
(*runs away)
 
Where'd he go? There he is, he just jumped Mr Wilson's fence...Get Him!
Four years in Athens, never saw Stipe.  I have always been sad about that.


This is so good for the ears...  love it...


Hay is that Tiny Tim on the lead?
(*runs away)
classic great song period
Love It.

{#Frustrated}
  Just (temporarily)turned RP on before I went to bed in hope of music. Instead it's the audio from one of those PETA videos where they kill baby animals



Love it...


sounds excentric... â˜…★★★★....

Gorgeous mandolin.
I often enjoy the "unplugged" versions of the original. However, this one does not cut it.  {#No}
Very nice version.
What a crap version - stick to the original
 Danimal174 wrote:
Yep, you're right. "Losing your religion" is a southern expression about losing your temper and doing or saying things that are "un-Christian". I.E. "President Bush is so stupid, the fact that he was somehow re-elected about made me lose my religion!"
 
Amen, brother! Preach on!

I like the song, however it sounds as if Michael Stipe is losing his conviction as well as his religion. Just gonig though the motions

wishlist wrote:
I thought I heard Stipe say this song (and the term "losing my religion") was about someone losing their temper and not really a song about religion. I believe he said it was either an old southern term or an old afraican-american term - I can't recall.
Yep, you're right. "Losing your religion" is a southern expression about losing your temper and doing or saying things that are "un-Christian". I.E. "President Bush is so stupid, the fact that he was somehow re-elected about made me lose my religion!"
Vocal mic sounds really rolled off. I assume the guitar and mandolin are DI. The crowd at the end has more highs than the vocals.
Interesting interpretations of the lyrics in this discussion. More on this: (click here) Whatever your understanding, its a great song by a great interpreter (Michael Stipe)...
Xeric wrote:
Very nice.
DITTO
wishlist wrote:
I thought I heard Stipe say this song (and the term "losing my religion") was about someone losing their temper and not really a song about religion. I believe he said it was either an old southern term or an old afraican-american term - I can't recall.
Actually, this song is about unrequited love....or at least that was the press when it was first released. That makes sense if you listen to it knowing that was how it was written. It doesn't really make sense if you apply the words to actually losing faith in a god-being. Great song...no matter the version or significance to the individual listener.
Very nice.
goose bumps all over....
D'ye know - I think these Harmonn Kardon sound sticks must just turn crap to gold cause I'm liking this despite the herd of vitriol rolling over the hill..
This is more than boring.... :yawn:
I thought I heard Stipe say this song (and the term "losing my religion") was about someone losing their temper and not really a song about religion. I believe he said it was either an old southern term or an old afraican-american term - I can't recall. KSTrillian wrote:
I love the original..but there's a stronger poignancy here without the drums and full-on music. And while yes, this song is about losing actual religion, hearing this version made me think about the greater symbolism: "religion" being anything that guided your life and its loss/your disillusionment. Faith in a person, in love, what have you. All you who hated it, you're entitled to your opinion but I heartily disagree.
oh boy. i think i'm one of the biggest REM fans around, but this may be one of those "live acoustic" recordings of something that worked really well in the middle of a concert, surrounded by other music by the same guys, but that doesn't really translate very well to recording and then playback on its own in another setting. my read on this anyway, and i love the original recorded version, band, and album!
Never heard before, But I kind of like this acoustic rendition.
I love the original..but there's a stronger poignancy here without the drums and full-on music. And while yes, this song is about losing actual religion, hearing this version made me think about the greater symbolism: "religion" being anything that guided your life and its loss/your disillusionment. Faith in a person, in love, what have you. All you who hated it, you're entitled to your opinion but I heartily disagree.
Ziller wrote:
God what a friggin whiner! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shut up!!
Usually, I would fully agree. Michael Stipe's whining makes me want to die. :frustrated: But somehow, in this version he actually sounds semi-decent, and the whining is down to a bare minimum. I'm impressed! Sounds soooo much better than the studio version. :shifty:
Nice! Never heard this version. :good-vibes:
kind of drags.
WOW! I'd never heard this version before!
I'm baffled by the people that crushed this ...if I was in a band and one of the members came to me and said- hey I wrote this song , check it out, and then perfomed it as is here in all it's starkness...I would be floored! What a great song! no production to hide behind...just the song. I'm no enemy of production either, but sometimes hearing a song of this caliber naked can show in a profound way just how great it is. this gets a 10 from me. :P
tomnam wrote:
It's always nice to hear Mr. Stipe enunciate. Good tune, nice mandolin.
:nodhead: :highfive: :clap:
Great song...decent version....nice change of pace.
This has got to be one of the worst songs in the known universe. God what a friggin whiner! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh shut up!!
Lacks the kick of the normal version, not bad though
I think this is really great. I love the mandolin. Stipe\'s vocals are solid. :cool:
Originally Posted by bad_moon74: Sometimes Stipe delivers nice vocals. Not here.
Yes indeed. Kinda depressed without being plaintive or poignant. Not as good at the slightly less acoustic original.
Sometimes Stipe delivers nice vocals. Not here.
That is correct. WB sucked the life out of this band.
Originally Posted by dmax: Post IRS label REM sux. Pre WB label REM roolz.
:clap:
I don\'t think I\'ve ever heard Radio Free Europe here on RP. I\'d like to. This version is OK.
Post IRS label REM sux. Pre WB label REM roolz.
Originally Posted by Art_Carnage: An example of how some groups should NEVER unplug.
Are there any electronics on the studio version? I seem to recall that the original is pretty acoustic to begin with. Maybe someone is playing electric bass, but that's about it, I think.
originally posted by art_carnage: an example of how some groups should never unplug.
an excellent example why stipe should never be plugged to begin with. :evil:
Originally Posted by Art_Carnage: An example of how some groups should NEVER unplug.
I couldn't disagree more, Arty. While I enjoy hearing the entire group play, I think if most tunes can't stand "on their own" (i.e., w/o all the backup instruments) there's something amiss. No doubt an ensemble can add to the experience of the tune, and I'm all for weaving the rich tapestry of sounds available using numerous sounds and techniques and styles. But most music isn't birthed by a group. It evolves from the core idea, usually (from my experience) from the lone musician's inspiration. I think its cool to hear all the hoopla stripped away now and again. Perhaps that's because I tend to easily 'connect' with the musician in his/her space, wrestling with their instrument and the muse. I think this is a grand example of just that.
Originally Posted by Art_Carnage: An example of how some groups should NEVER unplug.
At some point the "unplugged" trend got so big, that I was expecting a reaction called "plugged" anytime! Even Bob Dylan, who in the sixties was condempt by the folkies because he started playing electric guitar, got "unplugged"!
An example of how some groups should NEVER unplug.
Originally Posted by mbond: I love this song! Anybody know what album this live version comes from? The little Amazon link doesn't find anything. :??:
I'm pretty sure that it's from MTV Unplugged (the first time they were on it '91?) which they never released as an album. A bootleg CD exists with about an hour of MTV Unplugged material and some other stuff. I played my copy of this at the same time as listening to RadioParadise and they sure sound alike. I'm sure the MP3's of this disc are floating around somewhere... www.murmurs.com has a "tape" trading section you could check out.
I love this song! Anybody know what album this live version comes from? The little Amazon link doesn\'t find anything. :??:
great version :clap:
I kept thinking all the way through this that I was going to say I preferred the studio version. But the longer I heard the voice, the mandolin, and the soft harmonies blending together, the more this won me over.
Very nice...I like this. He really has a nice voice to listen to...when you can hear it. pmb 8^)
Very nice.Michael Stipe also does a nice acoustic solo of U2\'s One. :D
Nice version. Very intimate sounding with the small audience.
It\'s always nice to hear Mr. Stipe enunciate. Good tune, nice mandolin.