"Up to par, Katie bars the kitchen
signs but not me in"
There's an old saying "Katie
bar the door". It's used a lot in the south meaning, "something
unstoppable [is coming]". [gerbil] * 'Katie bar the kitchen door' is a southern term
that meant you better watch out. [Stipe,
on AOL] * It's been suggested that
this song might be related to Stipe's sister's experience teaching
deaf children. (Consider also "I'm the sign and you're not
deaf.") Therefore, the "sign" in question might
be American Sign Language. [Chris
Piuma] * "Up to par" means
"good enough". [Chris
"talk until you're blue"
That is, talk until you're blue in the face from lack of
oxygen, because you talked so much you forgot to breathe. [Chris Piuma]