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R.E.M.: Lifes Rich Pageant: Fall on Me


 [Fall on Me]

"Feathers hit the ground before the weight can leave the air"
bury magneyts ha. its a ref. to the towrer of pisa and some exper. about dropping lead weights and feathers. but you all knew that. [Stipe, on AOL] * He said that a hammer and a feather will hit the ground at the same time if there is no air. In fact they tried an experiment on the moon (where there is no air) with a hammer and a feather. The astronaut dropped them both at the same time, and they hit the ground at the same time. It was quite spectacular to watch really. [Joe Locke]

"Bargain buildings"
I.e., unsafely built buildings. [Ron Henry]

"It's gonna fall"
This is a reference to the Chicken Little story, where Chicken Little gets hit on the head with something and assumes it was a piece of the sky, and runs around telling everyone that the sky is falling. [Chris Piuma]

"(melt the statues in the park)"
An acid rain reference. [Ron Henry]

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