Lifes Rich Pageant Album

Artist(s): R.E.M.

Cover Art

R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant Cover Art

Tracklist

Begin the Begin

length: 3:29
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Mike Mills, Michael Stipe, Peter Buck, Bill Berry

Birdie in the hand for life's rich demand
The insurgency began and you missed it
I looked for it and I found it
Miles Standish proud congratulate me

A philanderer's tithe a murderer's shoe

Life's rich demand creates supply in the hand
Of the powers the only vote that matters
Silence means security silence means approval
On Zenith on the TV tiger run around the tree
Follow the leader run and turn into butter

Let's begin again, begin the begin
Let's begin again like Martin Luther Zen
The mythology begins the begin
Answer me a question I can't itemize
I can't think clear, you look to me for reason
It's not there, I can't even rhyme here in the begin

A philanderer's tie, a murderer's shoe
Example: the finest example is you

Birdie in the hand for life's rich demand
The insurgency began and you missed it
I looked for it and I found it
Miles Standish proud, congratulate me

A philanderer's tie, a murderer's shoe
Let's begin again begin the begin
Let's begin again

These Days

length: 3:25
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Now I'm not feeding off you I will rearrange your scales
If I can and I can
March into the ocean march into the sea

I had a hat I put it down and it sunk reached down
Yanked it up slapped it on my head
All the people gather
Fly to carry each his burden
We are young despite the years we are concern
We are hope despite the times
All of the sudden these days
Happy throngs take this joy wherever wherever

I wish to meet each one of you
And you, me, you, if I can and I can
We have many things in common, name three (three, three, three)

I had a hat and it sunk, reached down,
Yanked it up, slapped it on my head
All the people gather
Fly to carry each his burden
We are young despite the years we are concern
We are hope despite the times
All of the sudden, these days
Happy throngs, take this joy wherever, wherever you go.

Now I'm not feeding off you I will rearrange your scales
If I can and I can
I wish to eat each one of you and you, me, you

I had a hat and it sunk, reached down,
Yanked it up, slapped it on my head
All the people gather
Fly to carry each his burden
We are young despite the years we are concern
We are hope despite the times
All of the sudden, these days
Happy throngs, take this joy wherever, wherever you

Carry each his burden
We are young despite the years we are concern
We are hope despite the times
All of the sudden, these days
Happy throngs, take this joy wherever, wherever you go.
(Take away the scattered bones of my meal)

Fall on Me

length: 2:51
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe and Mike Mills
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
There's a problem feathers iron
Bargain buildings, weights and pulleys
Feathers hit the ground before the weight can leave the air
Buy the sky and sell the sky and tell the sky and tell the sky

[Chorus]
Don't fall on me
(What is it up in the air for) (It's gonna fall)
Fall on me (If it's there for long) (It's gonna fall)
Fall on me (It's over it's over me) (It's gonna fall)

There's the progress we have found (when the rain)
A way to talk around the problem (when the children reign)
Building towered foresight (keep your conscience in the dark)
isn't anything at all (melt the statues in the park)
Buy the sky and sell the sky and bleed the sky and tell the sky

[Chorus]

Don't fall on me

Well I could keep it above
But then it wouldn't be sky anymore
So if I send it to you you've got to promise to keep it whole

Buy the sky and sell the sky and lift your arms up to the sky
And ask the sky and ask the sky

[Chorus]

Cuyahoga

length: 4:22
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Bill Berry
Let's put our heads together and start a new country up
Our father's father's father tried erased the parts he didn't like
Let's try to fill it in bank the quarry river swim
We knee skinned it you and me we knee skinned that river red

This is where we walked this is where we swam
Take a picture here take a souvenir

This land is the land of ours this river runs red over it
We knee skinned it you and me, we knee-skinned that river red
And we gathered up our friends, bank the quarry river, swim
We knee-skinned it you and me, underneath the river bed

This is where we walked, this is where we swam
Take a picture here, take a souvenir
Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga, gone

Let's put our heads together, start a new country up,
Underneath the river bed we burned the river down.
This is where they walked, swam, hunted, danced and sang,
Take a picture here, take a souvenir
Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga, gone

Rewrite the book and rule the pages, saving face, secured in faith
Bury, burn the waste behind you

This land is the land of ours, this river runs red over it
We are not your allies, we can not defend
This is where they walked, this is where they swam
Take a picture here, take a souvenir

Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga, gone
Cuyahoga
Cuyahoga, gone

Hyena

length: 2:52
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Night time fell at the opening
In the final act of the beginning of time.
Hyena take your role the stage is set.
The town is safe again tonight

Hyena (I see the day ahead)
Hyena (and all that I've cried through)
Hyena (God knows you're doin' that don't you?)

Hyena sister look to your hand
Man you serve communal interest
She'll tell you when and where and how and why you'd hurt
A beautiful young lady

Hyena (I see the day ahead)
Hyena (and all that I've cried through)
Hyena (God knows you're doin' that, don't you?)

The only thing to fear is fearlessness
The bigger the weapon the greater the fear
Hyena is ambassador to here

Night time fell like the closing
Meager pay, but recognition
Hyena crawls on his belly out
The town is safe again tonight

Hyena (I see the changes, man)
Hyena (Goin' on 'cross the way)
Hyena (I see my road ahead)
Hyena (Don't know if I should stay)
Hyena (I see you holding him,)
Hyena (and all that I've cried through)
Hyena (God knows you're doin' that, don't you?)

Underneath the Bunker

length: 1:28
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
I will hide and you will hide
And we shall hide together here
Underneath the bunkers in the row

I have water I have rum
Wait for dawn and dawn shall come
Underneath the bunkers in the row

The Flowers of Guatemala

length: 3:57
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
I've took a picture that I'll have to send
People here are friendly and content
People here are colorful and bright
The flowers often bloom at night

Amanita is the name
The flowers cover everything
The flowers cover everything

There's something here I find hard to ignore
There's something that I've never seen before
Amanita is the name, they cover over everything

The flowers cover everything
They cover over everything (Amanita is the name)
The flowers cover everything

Look into the sun
Don't look into the sun

The flowers cover everything
They cover over everything
The flowers cover everything

The flowers cover everything
They cover over everything
The flowers cover everything

There's something that I've never seen before
The flowers often bloom at night
Amanita is the name, they cover over everything

I Believe

length: 3:51
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
When I was young and full of grace
And spirited a rattlesnake.
When I was young and fever fell
My spirit I will not tell
You're on your honor not to tell

I believe in coyotes and time as an abstract
Explain the change the difference between
What you want and what you need there's the key
Your adventure for today what do you do
Between the horns of the day?

I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe in

When I was young and give and take
And foolish said my fool awake
When I was young and fever fell
My spirit, I will not tell
You're on your honor, on your honor

Trust in your calling, make sure your calling's true
Think of others, the others think of you
Silly rule golden words make, practice, practice makes perfect,
Perfect is a fault, and fault lines change

I believe my humor's wearing thin
And change is what I believe in

I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe in

When I was young and full of grace
As spirited a rattlesnake
When I was young and fever fell
My spirit, I will not tell
You're on your honor, on your honor
I believe in example
I believe my throat hurts
Example is the checker to the key

I believe my humor's wearing thin
And I believe the poles are shifting

I believe my shirt is wearing thin
And change is what I believe in

What If We Give It Away?

length: 3:35
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Give me some hot nights on the floor
Show me how love fights I can't take it no more
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you
Give me some hot nights on the floor
Show me how love fights I can't take it no more
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you
Give me some hot nights on the floor
Show me how love fights I can't take it no more
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you, because of you,
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you
Give me some hot nights on the floor
Show me how love fights I can't take it no more
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you
And it's all because of you and it's all because of you, because of you,

Just a Touch

length: 3:01
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe
Well what in the world? Women in black
Don't you remember Sonny's packed
A day in the life well nobody laughed
Look to the days how long can this last

Kevin heard it on the radio
Hugh informed word of mouth
Carla read it in the news
Caught it all just a touch

You set the pace of what was to come
I have to carry on now that you're gone
A day in the life well nobody laughed
Look to the days how long can this last

There's someone in our dreams
In our preassembled dream
Lord! Dave! William!

Well what in the world? Women in black
Don't you remember, Sonny's, Tyrone's, packed, packed
A day in the life well nobody laughed
Look to the days how long can this last

I can't see where to worship Popeye, love Al Green,
I can't see, I'm so young, I'm so god damn young

Swan Swan H

length: 2:51
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Bill Berry
Swan, swan, hummingbird
Hurrah we are all free now
What noisy cats are we
Girl and dog he bore his cross
A long low time ago people talk to me

Johnny Reb what's the price of fans
Forty a piece or three for one dollar?
Hey captain don't you want to buy
Some bone chains and toothpicks?

Night wings her hair chains
Here's your wooden greenback sing
Wooden beams and dovetail sweep
I struck that picture ninety times,
I walked that path a hundred ninety,
Long, low time ago, people talk to me

A pistol hot cup of rhyme
The whiskey is water, the water is wine
Marching feet, Johnny Reb, what's the price of heroes?

Six in one, half dozen the other,
Tell that to the captain's mother,
Hey captain don't you want to buy,
Some bone chains and toothpicks?

Night wings, her hair chains
Swan, swan, hummingbird
Hurrah, we are all free now
What noisy cats are we
Long, low time ago, people talk to me
A pistol hot cup of rhyme,
The whiskey is water, the water is wine

Superman

length: 2:54
producer: Don Gehman
lead vocals: Mike Mills
background vocals: Michael Stipe
guitar: Peter Buck
drums (drum set): Bill Berry
bass guitar: Mike Mills
writer: Mitchell Bottler, Gary Zekley
[Chorus]
I am, I am, I am Superman and I know what's happening
I am, I am, I am Superman and I can do anything

You don't really love that guy you make it with now do you
I know you don't love that guy cause I can see right through you

[Chorus]

If you go a million miles away I'll track you down girl
Trust me when I say I know the pathway to your heart

If you go a million miles away I'll track you down girl
Trust me when I say I know the pathway to your head

[Chorus: x3]