Saturday, December 29, 2012

Losing My Religion Lyric Review


By JccKeith

Lyric review of Losing My Religion by REM

Most people have heard this song.  What many people don’t know is that the song has absolutely nothing to do with religion, by Michael Stipe’s own admission to various magazines.  He says the song is about romantic expression, a love that is not returned.  The term “Losing my religion” is slang in the southern United States for “being at the end of one’s rope” or “losing ones temper.”

With this new insight into the song in mind, let’s listen to the song and then break it down with some meaning:




Lyrics:

Oh life, it’s bigger  [Singer is contemplating life and meaning]
It’s bigger than you  [Speaking to the other person: You are not the center of the world.]
And you are not me  [You don’t understand me because you are not me]
The lengths that I will go to  [I would do anything for you, go to any lengths to reach you]
The distance in your eyes  [I can tell by your eyes you do not feel the same about me]
Oh no, I’ve said too much  [I regret saying such things to you]
I’ve said enough  [I’m done talking about it for now]


That’s me in the corner  [I’m being pushed into a corner, pushed too far]
That’s me in the spotlight  [I can’t hold it in anymore, I’m getting all out in the open]
Losing my religion  [I’m at the end of my rope, I’ve lost my control]
Trying to keep up with you  [Trying to keep your affection]
And I don’t know if I can do it  [I just don’t think I can take anymore of this]
Oh no, I’ve said too much  [Now I’ve said too much, gone too far with it]
I haven’t said enough  [But I still haven’t stood up for myself]

I thought that I heard you laughing  [I thought you were happy]
I thought that I heard you sing  [I thought I heard you say you love me]
I think I thought I saw you try  [I thought you were trying to make it work with me]

Every whisper  [There are secrets being kept between us]
Of every waking hour  [There is constantly something being hidden from him]
I’m choosing my confessions  [I keep confessing my love to get you to open up to me]
Trying to keep an eye on you  [I think you're cheating on me]
Like a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool  [I’m a fool for loving you, you hurt me, I've been blind to your cheating]
Oh no, I’ve said too much  [Now I’ve gone too far, accusing you]
I’ve said enough  [I’ve said enough for now]

Consider this  [Pay attention]
Consider this, the hint of the century  [This is it, this is my last attempt to tell you how I feel]
Consider this, the slip  [I’m completely opening myself up to you and leaving myself weak]
That brought me to my knees, failed  [I am at your mercy but you don't care]
What if all these fantasies come               
Flailing around   [What if all of his imagined wrongs come out, sort of a threat]
Now I’ve said too much  [Now I’ve gone too far again]

I thought that I heard you laughing  [I thought you were happy]
I thought that I heard you sing  [I thought I heard you say you love me]
I think I thought I saw you try  [I thought you were trying to make it work with us]

But that was just a dream  [I was just kidding myself, you never loved me]
That was just a dream  [I only wanted to believe you loved me but it wasn’t true]

That’s me in the corner  [See previous explanation, he is losing his patience]
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion  [Loses his patience, can’t take anymore]
Trying to keep up with you  [He’s trying to find out what’s going on]
And I don’t know if I can do it  [I’m not sure I want to know what you’re doing]
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  [Lament about how this person doesn’t love him]
Try, cry, why try  [He tries to make it work but it always ends with his suffering so why keep trying?]                                              

That was just a dream
Just a dream
Just a dream, dream

So, to sum it all up for you, this song is about one guy’s pleading with another to love him and over and over again realizing it isn’t going to happen.  This other person is keeping secrets, cheating on him and he just can’t do it anymore.  He can’t stay in this relationship with this person who hurts him, cheats on him and obviously does not care for him.

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