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R.E.M.

Leaving New York

Lyrics

playIt's quiet now
playAnd what it brings
playIs everything

playComes calling back
playA brilliant night
playI'm still awake

playI looked ahead
playI'm sure I saw you there

playYou don't need me
playTo tell you now
playThat nothing can compare

playYou might have laughed if I told you
playYou might have hidden the frown
playYou might have succeeded in changing me
playI might have been turned around

playIt's easier to leave than to be left behind
playLeaving was never my proud
playLeaving New York, never easy
playI saw the light fading out

playNow life is sweet
playAnd what it brings
playI tried to take
playBut loneliness
playIt wears me out
playIt lies in wait

playAnd I've lost
playStill in my eyes
playThe shadow of necklace
playAcross your thigh
playI might've lived my life in a dream,
playbut I swear
playThis is real
playMemory fuses and shatters like glass
playMercurial future, forget the past
playIt's you, it's what I feel.

playYou might have laughed if I told you
play(it's pulling me apart)
playYou might have hidden a frown (change)
playYou might have succeeded in changing me
play(it's pulling me apart)
playI might have been turned around (change)

playIt's easier to leave than to be left behind
play(it's pulling me apart)
playLeaving was never my proud (change)
playLeaving New York, never easy
play(it's pulling me apart)
playI saw the light fading out
playYou find it in your heart,
playit's pulling me apart
playYou find it in your heart, change...

playI told you, forever
playI love you, forever
playI told you, I love you
playI love you, forever
playI told you, forever
playYou never, you never
playYou told me forever

playYou might have laughed if I told you
playYou might have hidden the frown
playYou might have succeeded in changing me
playI might have been turned around

playIt's easier to leave than to be left behind
play(it's pulling me apart)
playLeaving was never my proud (change)
playLeaving New York never easy
play(it's pulling me apart)
playI saw the life fading out (change)
playLeaving New York, never easy
play(it's pulling me apart)
playI saw the light fading out (change)
playLeaving New York never easy
play(it's pulling me apart)
playI saw the life fading out (change)

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meaningMeaning

The song reflects the feelings of singer Michael Stipe when he once watched the city from an airplane and was amazed at its beauty. Stipe has stated that he considers New York to be his second home.

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vocabulary Vocabulary

To wear sb out

to make someone extremely tired

  1. Walking around a museum all day really wears you out.

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