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R.E.M.

Losing My Religion

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playOh life, it's bigger
playIt's bigger than you
playAnd you are not me
playThe lengths that I will go to
playThe distance in your eyes
playOh no, I've said too much
playI set it up

playThat's me in the corner
playThat's me in the spotlight
playLosing my religion
playTrying to keep up with you
playAnd I don't know if I can do it
playOh no, I've said too much
playI haven't said enough

playI thought that I heard you laughing
playI thought that I heard you sing
playI think I thought I saw you try

playEvery whisper
playOf every waking hour
playI'm choosing my confessions
playTrying to keep an eye on you
playLike a hurt, lost and blinded fool, fool
playOh no, I've said too much
playI set it up

playConsider this
playConsider this, the hint of the century
playConsider this, the slip
playThat brought me to my knees, failed
playWhat if all these fantasies come
playFlailing around
playNow I've said too much

playI thought that I heard you laughing
playI thought that I heard you sing
playI think I thought I saw you try

playBut that was just a dream
playThat was just a dream

playThat's me in the corner
playThat's me in the spotlight
playLosing my religion
playTrying to keep up with you
playAnd I don't know if I can do it
playOh no, I've said too much
playI haven't said enough

playI thought that I heard you laughing
playI thought that I heard you sing
playI think I thought I saw you try

playBut that was just a dream
playTry, cry, why try
playThat was just a dream
playJust a dream
playJust a dream, dream

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meaningMeaning

Michael Stipe, the lead singer of R.E.M., said that “Losing My Religions” is a relatively straight-forward song:

“It's just a song about having a crush." Impressed by The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Stipe wanted to write a song about obsessive attraction, that stammering, self-conscious urge to reveal and yet hide feelings that you know are not shared.


It is about unrequited love. The love which is felt by only one side and is never reflected back. It is about your crush to which you are afraid to tell your feelings.

“Losing my religion” is actually an old southern expression for being at the end of one’s rope, and the moment when politeness gives way to anger. But if you were missing that key detail, you’d think that Stipe’s vague imagery was clearly a comment on the Judeo-Christian tradition.

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