R.E.M. Lyric Annotations FAQ
R.E.M.: Green: I Remember California



"I remember redwood trees, bumper cars and wolverines"
A "wolverine" is a type of (missile/jet?); also, shaggy mammal of weasel family. [Ron Henry]

"The ocean's Trident submarines"
A Trident is a model of nuclear-powered submarine carrying ICBM missiles. [Ron Henry] * Also Trident being the weapon of Neptune, Roman name for the god of the sea; mayhaps implying naval superiority. [ace22]

"Lemons, limes and tangerines"
These are citrus fruits that grow in California but not in Stipe's native Georgia. [Ron Henry]

"Progress fails pacific sense"
Pacific as in the ocean, but also, literally, "calm" [or "peaceful"]. [Ron Henry]

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