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R.E.M.

The Great Beyond

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playI've watched the stars fall silent from your eyes
playAll the sights that I have seen
playI can't believe that I believed I wished
playThat you could see
playThere's a new planet in the solar system
playThere is nothing up my sleeve

playI'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
playI'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
playOver my shoulder a piano falls
playCrashing to the ground

playIn all this talk of time
playTalk is fine
playBut I don't want to stay around
playWhy can't we pantomime, just close our eyes
playAnd sleep sweet dreams
playMe and you with wings on our feet

playI'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
playI'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
playOver my shoulder a piano falls
playCrashing to the ground

playI'm breaking through
playI'm bending spoons
playI'm keeping flowers in full bloom
playI'm looking for answers from the great beyond

playI want the hummingbirds, the dancing bears
playSweetest dreams of you
playI look into the stars
playI look into the moon

playI'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
playI'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
playOver my shoulder a piano falls
playCrashing to the ground

playI'm breaking through
playI'm bending spoons
playI'm keeping flowers in full bloom
playI'm looking for answers from the great beyond

playI'm breaking through
playI'm bending spoons
playI'm keeping flowers in full bloom
playI'm looking for answers from the great
playAnswers from the great, answers

playI'm breaking through
playI'm bending spoons
playI'm keeping flowers in full bloom
playI'm looking for answers from the great beyond

playI'm breaking through
playI'm bending spoons
playI'm keeping flowers in full bloom
playI'm looking for answers from the great
playAnswers from the great, answers

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meaningMeaning

This was used in the 1999 movie Man On The Moon. The movie is about Andy Kaufman, a very strange actor/comedian who generated lots of media attention with his outrageous stunts.

Lead singer Michael Stipe said this song is "About attempting the impossible, which I think is what Andy Kaufman did with his entire career."

Source: songfacts.com

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