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R.E.M. — E-Bow the Letter
Album: New Adventures in Hi-Fi
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Released: 1996
Length: 5:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Look up, what do you see?
All of you and all of me
Florescent and starry
Some of them, they surprise
The bus ride, I went to write this, 4:00 a.m.
This letter

Fields of poppies, little pearls
All the boys and all the girls, sweet-toothed
Each and every one a little scary
I said your name

I wore it like a badge of teenage film stars
Hash bars, cherry mash and tinfoil tiaras
Dreaming of Maria Callas
Whoever she is

This fame thing, I don't get it
I wrap my hand in plastic to try to look through it
Maybelline eyes and girl-as-boy moves
It can take you far
This star thing, I don't get it

''(I'll take you over, there)
(I'll take you over, there)''
Aluminum, tastes like fear
Adrenaline, it pulls us near
''(I'll take you over)''
It tastes like fear, there
''(I'll take you over)''

Will you live to 83?
Will you ever welcome me?
Will you show me something that nobody else has seen?
Smoke it, drink
Here comes the flood
Anything to thin the blood
These corrosives do their magic slowly and sweet

Phone, eat it, drink
Just another chink
Cuts and dents, they catch the light
Aluminum, the weakest link

I don't want to disappoint you
I'm not here to anoint you
I would lick your feet
But is that the sickest move?
I wear my own crown and sadness and sorrow
And who'd have thought tomorrow could be so strange?
My loss and here we go again

''(I'll take you over, there)
(I'll take you over, there)''
Aluminum, tastes like fear
Adrenaline, it pulls us near
''(I'll take you over)''
It tastes like fear, there
''(I'll take you over)''

Look up, what do you see?
All of you and all of me
Florescent and starry
Some of them, they surprise

I can't look it in the eyes
Seconal, Spanish fly, absinthe, kerosene
Cherry-flavored neck and collar
I can smell the sorrow on your breath
The sweat, the victory and sorrow
The smell of fear, I got it

''(I'll take you over, there)''
Aluminum, tastes like fear
Adrenaline, it pulls us near
''(I'll take you over)''
Aluminum, tastes like fear
Adrenaline, it pulls us near
''(I'll take you over)''
It tastes like fear
Pulls us near
''(I'll take you over)''
It tastes like fear
Pulls us near

nearer, nearer
over, over, over, over
yeah, look over
I'll take you there, oh, yeah
I'll take you there
oh, over
I'll take you there
over, let me
I'll take you there...
there, there, baby, yeah
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Maybe this will put a smile on your face

www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWgApS...
I am a big fan of REM and this is my favorite album :)
great track [glad the lyrics are posted!]. Patti’s voice is the perfect compliment
And I believe that's the great Patti Smith singing background vocals. 
My favorite R.E.M. song
 Imkirok wrote:
All I am hearing is "tastes like beer, tastes like beer". 

Wishful thinking!

 ODAD wrote:
Everyone in my alien churches is elevated to E-bow LA-gged dancin.
 

 
Glad Peter Buck got over that E-bow infatuation.  It was like when Dave Grohl had that Heil talk box phase.

Eventually they get sick of it.
 juanos wrote:
Great R.E.M. song... but "Maria Callas whoever she is"?{#Question}

 
 HomeTuner wrote:

Maria Callas was one of the most influential opera singers of the last century. Died way too young—in her early 50s. Look her up. She had an amazing range.

 
Juanos was quoting lyrics from this song ("Dreaming of Maria Callas/Whoever she is..."); I'm pretty sure he knows who Maria Callas was and it's probably why he brought up those lyrics.  Maybe not.
Everyone in my alien churches is elevated to E-bow LA-gged dancin.
 
Patti adds style to this already nice song
 ccjemmett wrote:
Patti Smith showing up there was awesome!
That bumped the song from 7 to 8. 
 
Is that what that is? She really closes it well, and I love how it builds up to that closing.
“Aluminum, tastes like fear”

Stipe is on a strange diet… 
 kebensusan wrote:
One of the least raved about REM album I think. I encourage anyone to listen to it several times and then a little more. It really grows to the point of brilliance. Thank you Radio Paradise for all the hours of great music. Come to think of it it's time for me to make another payment.

 
Bump, and ditto on all of it!!
 Dave_Mack wrote:
I think I hear the inspiration for Joseph Arthur's career. Not fond of this one.

 


When Berry left, or when they moved from IRS, they should've stopped.
All I am hearing is "tastes like beer, tastes like beer".
Moving up. 3 > 5.  Progress of sorts. 
Zzzzzzzz. R.E.M through "Automatic" is (mostly) excellent. This, not so much.
bet this would have sounded excellent if it was Leonard Cohen doing Stipe's part, same terrific instruments with down and deep sound of Cohen's voice with Patti, that would appeal to me
So Bowie....or is it E-Bow...lol
Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...  we be dancing cross-eyed buck ass naked and jiggling organs like Willy Shakes... 

 

Enough already. Alien space craft?  I be dancing on earth.
Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...  we be dancing cross-eyed buck ass naked and jiggling organs like Willy Shakes... 
 juanos wrote:
Great R.E.M. song... but "Maria Callas whoever she is"?{#Question}

 
Maria Callas was one of the most influential opera singers of the last century. Died way too young--in her early 50s. Look her up. She had an amazing range.
Great R.E.M. song... but "Maria Callas whoever she is"?{#Question}
 ccjemmett wrote:
Patti Smith showing up there was awesome!
That bumped the song from 7 to 8. 
 
Did you see her at Massey Hall a couple of weeks back?  WOW!!!!!! She was amazing live and in that venue.....
Patti Smith showing up there was awesome!
That bumped the song from 7 to 8. 
One of the least raved about REM album I think. I encourage anyone to listen to it several times and then a little more. It really grows to the point of brilliance. Thank you Radio Paradise for all the hours of great music. Come to think of it it's time for me to make another payment.
I think I hear the inspiration for Joseph Arthur's career. Not fond of this one.
what a MOST EXCELLENT song.
what a DREADFUL song.
"Love Patti in there" <- +1
Saw Patti Smith in Toronto last week.  Amazingly powerful voice live.  More than I was expecting.
BLUE AEROPLANES somebody...?
goood


brilliant song...  love it...

 
I was never a big R.E.M. fan, but I'm sure enjoying this piece!
New Adventures was a real creeper of an album.  Didn't feel too strongly about it until well after its release but it really is yet another very cool REM album.


Everybody in my hotel room loves this song...

 
 Foot wrote:
Sounds remarkably like a New Zealand band from the 1980's, The Chills, and their great album Submarine Bells.  Almost a complete rip I'd say.
 
That's great except the Chills first album, "Kaleidoscope World" isn't released until 1986, 3 years after "Murmur."

 bokey wrote:
Can't we have an REM free day?{#Rolleyes}
 
no
 
Can't we have an REM free day?{#Rolleyes}
If they kept creating stuff like this they would not have needed to break up...

Hopefully they will get their melody spark back and regroup... 
Liking the R.E.M. Good choice.
R.I.P. R.E.M., you shall be missed.


 Razz wrote:

They still are. Many of their songs are playable to this day. A true sign of quality imo.

 
Yea the 20+ year old ones, thanks for making my point.

Sounds remarkably like a New Zealand band from the 1980's, The Chills, and their great album Submarine Bells.  Almost a complete rip I'd say.


love it...

 
Right on the top for me!
Great song, love Patti in there. 8.

Man what happened to these guys? They were a beacon of light back in the darkness of the eighties.


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One of the best, by far !

 californiatwin wrote:
WOW, REM after Radiohead - a real barf party

 

hahhahahahah, that's hilarious!


What a classic...  love it...

 


Cool how Patti Smith sings background on this song...  EBow refers to an electromagnetic field-generating device that induces sustained vibration in an electric guitar string...

 


please take no pictures by ~michalisk

...anything but that actually is the case for Micheal Stipe, who was not in a Bad Day on MTV.GR Day :D





great song...


It will sound like jumping the bandwagon but, really, R.E.M. hasn't since released a single as good as this! *snif* (...but then again they set the bar extremely high here!!!)

Ironically (actually, it makes logical sense, quality doesn't equal sales), it didn't do as well as expected and Warners has since had the choice for R.E.M.'s singles material (while the band had picked them until this one).

 Fables85 wrote:
Impeccable.
 

Yes, this is fantastic...


Impeccable.
 Razz wrote:

They still are. Many of their songs are playable to this day. A true sign of quality imo.

 

Yes, I agree...  well said...


 sirdroseph wrote:
REM was great about 20 years ago!{#Rolleyes}
 
They still are. Many of their songs are playable to this day. A true sign of quality imo.



love it...


 joanie wrote:
Patti Smith and Michael Stipe....can it get any better?
 

Much, much better.
Patti Smith and Michael Stipe....can it get any better?
So Bill - how about a little Maria Callas?


cool...


Always good to hear Patty Smith, could listen to her all day!
I like REM a lot, but this really sucks.
...one of their better post-green songs, i think...
a very very weak REM effort.............


One album cover.
REM was great about 20 years ago!{#Rolleyes}
 scott4261 wrote:
Sounds even better now than it did in the '90s...Love the Patti Smith vocals!
 
Yes, I love this version. The album itself is underrated IMHO. This is the last one before Bill Berry left, then things went downhill until Accelerate.


This song is good for the ears...


 dionysius wrote:
R.E.M. + Patti Smith = not much, sadly. Sum does not equal its parts, alas. Both have done much better. Must have looked good on paper.
 
I agree. Well said.
R.E.M. + Patti Smith = not much, sadly. Sum does not equal its parts, alas. Both have done much better. Must have looked good on paper.

 redeyespy wrote:
One of the most neglected albums of the 90s, sadly. Worthy of re-evaluation, naysayers. Unless, of course, you can't get over your "R.E.M. starting sucking after they switched from the I.R.S. label" malady.
 
As I told Keith lately, they never got better than they were on that demo tape they send to a couple of friends and some really cool guys they wanted to impress. I thought that was really promising, but they did not hold up.

 gandalfbmg wrote:
I love REM, but this is one of my least favorites. There are MUCH better selections from this album. (Still can't bring myself to give it lower than a 5 though)
 

My thoughts exactly.
 kaybee wrote:

If this is the worst song on this album, it must be an alltime great!

 

It's a pretty strong album. Not as good as Automatic or Out of Time, but good nevertheless.

 gandalfbmg wrote:
I love REM, but this is one of my least favorites. There are MUCH better selections from this album. (Still can't bring myself to give it lower than a 5 though)
 
If this is the worst song on this album, it must be an alltime great!

Patti rocks!

mig7 wrote:
Underrated album. Great song.
One of the most neglected albums of the 90s, sadly. Worthy of re-evaluation, naysayers. Unless, of course, you can't get over your "R.E.M. starting sucking after they switched from the I.R.S. label" malady.
WOW, REM after Radiohead - a real barf party :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
Wow, you can really hear the Patti Smith influence on Stipe in the lyrics, the melody, the song structure, the phrasing.…
oooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhh!!!! my dear patti
The best REM. 9
Wow.
ghostly song...
zaknafein wrote:
A brilliant song off of a brilliant album.
Ditto
I look at the dates and agree that this tune is played as often as it should be.
Patti :)
I love this song; Patti Smith rules
One of my favorite REM tunes
A brilliant song off of a brilliant album.
Sounds even better now than it did in the '90s...Love the Patti Smith vocals!
play this, pls....
ANYTHING with Patti Smith is tops :war:
gotta agree with the lovable kite-man.


perhaps my favourite post-IRS number

Sorry lily ;)
god that was painful!! yech!!
Oh wow! This song is great! And even greater, it was played right after Don't Follow, another very fine, very calm grunge song. Did you hear Patty Smith's voice? Yea, can't not hear her. Wow. Thanks, rp.
mig7 wrote:
Underrated album. Great song.
:clap: I'm too old for these things now, but once in my dark past I would take just about "anything to thin the blood". Anyway, I remember this one substance that left a metallic taste in my mouth, made me slighty paranoid and intensified colors greatly.
This is absolutely one of my favourite REM tracks in recent years :-)
Underrated album. Great song.
I love REM, but this is one of my least favorites. There are MUCH better selections from this album. (Still can't bring myself to give it lower than a 5 though)