Lyric of the Day — December 11th 2015

“When I was young and full of grace, and spirited a rattlesnake
When I was young and fever fell
My spirit, I will not tell
You’re on your honor not to tell

I believe in coyotes and time as an abstract
Explain the change, the difference between
What you want and what you need, there’s the key
Your adventure for today, what do you do
Between the horns of the day?

I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe

When I was young and give and take
And foolish said my fool awake
When I was young and fever fell
My spirit, I will not tell
You’re on your honor, on your honor

Trust in your calling, make sure your calling’s true
Think of others, the others, they think of you
Silly rule golden words make, practice, practice makes perfect
Perfect is a fault and fault lines change

I believe, my humor’s wearing thin
And change is what I believe in

I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe

I believe in example
I believe my throat hurts
Example is the checker to the key

I believe, my humor’s wearing thin
And I believe the poles are shifting
I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe in” — R.E.M., “I Believe,” Lifes Rich Pageant (1986)

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2 thoughts on “Lyric of the Day — December 11th 2015”

  1. Amen to that. Hadn’t read those lyrics (and of course, was still having trouble understanding his vocals then), but this is a gem, thanks for sharing. I’ll carry this into my day.

    1. You’re welcome.

      I just had a listen to most of their albums (transferring them to digital) and was surprised to see how much more there was to their lyrics than what I remembered.

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