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R.E.M.: Document: Fireplace


Whoever gave the speech [that the lyrics are based on], she was the leader of the Shakers, a quirky religious movement that preached, among other things, total sexual abstinence. Small wonder there aren't any more around. [billg3man] * That would be Mother Ann Lee who was the leader of the Shakers. In addition to their notorious sexual abstinence, the Shakers were also well-known for their design: Shaker furniture is prized to this day. In a typical Shaker community home there are pegs mounted on the walls at about shoulder height so that after dinner you can hang the chairs up on the wall and sweep the floor into the fireplace. [rbr] * Some more information on the Shakers. [Ron Henry]
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