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R.E.M.

Losing My Religion

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play Oh life, it's  
play It's bigger than  
play And you are not me
play The   that I will go to
play The   in your eyes
play Oh no, I've said too much
play I   it up

play That's me in the  
play That's me in the  
play Losing my religion
play Trying to   up with you
play And I don't know if I can do it
play Oh no, I've said too much
play I haven't said enough

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

play Every  
play Of every   hour
play I'm choosing my  
play Trying to keep an   on you
play Like a hurt, lost and   fool, fool
play Oh no, I've said too much
play I set it up

play Consider this
play Consider this, the   of the century
play Consider this, the slip
play That brought me to my   , failed
play What if all these   come
play Flailing  
play Now I've said too much

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

play But that was just a dream
play That was just a dream

play That's me in the corner
play That's me in the spotlight
play Losing my religion
play Trying to keep up with you
play And I don't know if I can do it
play Oh no, I've said too much
play I haven't said enough

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

play But that was just a dream
play Try, cry, why try
play That was just a dream
play Just a dream
play Just a dream, dream

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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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