History TearJerker / REM

15th Oct '17 9:25:04 PM NWolfman
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* Even with it's LyricalDissonance, the up-tempo "Bad Day" still sounds pretty sad. Michael has such a bitter, "I'm done with this shit" tone in his singing, and the chord professions reflect on it. It genuinely sounds like it's coming from someone who's just worn out from the stress of their day and wants nothing more than to just get away from all the hoopla and find some peace of mind.
23rd Feb '17 12:30:53 PM Titus88
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** "I had a mind to try to stop you" is particularly heartbreaking when you know that Stipe tried to start a side project with Cobain mainly as an excuse to get Cobain away from drugs.
8th Feb '17 1:36:44 PM bt8257
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** And "Monty Got a Raw Deal," which is about actor Montgomery Clift, whose career was ruined because it was discovered that he was gay.

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** And "Monty Got a Raw Deal," which is about actor Montgomery Clift, whose career was ruined because it was discovered that he was gay.[[BiTheWay bisexual]].
16th Jan '17 9:25:41 PM Green_lantern40
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* "Don't Go Back to Rockville" in general, and the line "At nights I drink myself to sleep, and waking I don't care that you're not here with me" in particular.

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* "Don't "(Don't Go Back to To) Rockville" in general, and the line "At nights night I drink myself to sleep, sleep and waking pretend I don't care that you're not here with me" in particular. Especially when you consider [[RealitySubtext that the song was written by Mike Mills as a plea to his real-life girlfriend not to move away.]]
22nd Sep '16 1:31:48 AM Sinister_Sandwich
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*** This troper remembers someone from college claiming the album was the soundtrack for the era of AIDS.
6th Sep '16 10:46:38 PM Premonition45
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** Possibly the RealitySubtext that this was their first album without Bill Berry as an active member.
5th Sep '16 5:28:29 PM wittylibrarian
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*** This troper remembers someone from college claiming the album was the soundtrack for the era of AIDS.


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* An early song of theirs "So. Central Rain."
27th Jun '16 12:46:57 PM Premonition45
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* "The Wrong Child", a ''severely'' heartstring-tugging mandolin piece about a child disfigured by burns.
* "Orange Crush" is, according to Michael Stipe, the story of a high school football star who decides to go serve in Vietnam. The recurring line "I've had my fun but now it's time to serve" can be taken two ways: either he's acknowledging that he needs to serve as a way to pay off the carefree life he's led up to this point…or he's resigned himself to the fact that it's now his turn to [[WarIsHell experience combat…]]
** Also from ''Green'' is "World Leader Pretend", which is about struggling with a self-imposed loneliness/isolation.

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* ''Green'' has some sad songs:
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"The Wrong Child", a ''severely'' heartstring-tugging mandolin piece about a child disfigured by burns.
* ** "Orange Crush" is, according to Michael Stipe, the story of a high school football star who decides to go serve in Vietnam. The recurring line "I've had my fun but now it's time to serve" can be taken two ways: either he's acknowledging that he needs to serve as a way to pay off the carefree life he's led up to this point…or he's resigned himself to the fact that it's now his turn to [[WarIsHell experience combat…]]
** Also from ''Green'' is "World Leader Pretend", which Pretend" is about struggling with a self-imposed loneliness/isolation.
26th Jun '16 4:38:45 AM DavidCowie
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* "Don't Go Back to Rockville" in general, and the line "At nights I drink myself to sleep, and waking I don't care that you're not here with me" in particular.
25th Jun '16 1:50:13 PM Premonition45
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** Also from ''Green'' is "World Leader Pretend", which is about struggling with loneliness (self-imposed in the narrator's case).

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** Also from ''Green'' is "World Leader Pretend", which is about struggling with loneliness (self-imposed in the narrator's case).a self-imposed loneliness/isolation.
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