R.E.M. Lyric Annotations FAQ
R.E.M.: Murmur: 9-9



As far as I can tell, it's not 9 [minus] 9 but 9 [to] 9. Proof? First, check out the setlist printed on page 155 of ICFTS (1st edition), where the song is written out 9->9. Second, notice that Michael sings "nine to nine" during the bridge. [Chris Piuma]

"Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord, hesitate."
See Lightnin' Hopkins.

"Gotta stripe down his back"
Perhaps the mark of a skunk? [Ron Henry]


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