R.E.M. Lyric Annotations FAQ
R.E.M.: Document: Lightnin' Hopkins



Lightnin' Hopkins
I.e., Sam Hopkins, blues legend. [Ron Henry]

"When I lay myself to sleep pray that I don't go too deep"
A reference to the prayer "Now I may me down to sleep. I pray the Lord my soul to keep. And if I die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take". This is not, I believe, from the Bible, but is probably in the Book of Common Prayer. [Dan Nooter] * See also 9-9.

"pan the track"
"Panning" is a film term for slow sweep across a scene. [Ron Henry]

"Close up hands"
"Close up" is another film term; much of the song reads like film notes. [Ron Henry]

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