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R.E.M.: Murmur: We Walk



"Up the stairs to the landing, up the stairs into the hall"
According to Stipe, a literal quote of a neighbor's daily singsong while going upstairs. [Ron Henry]

"Take oasis"
Since this lyric is from the early 80s, this is not a reference to the band Oasis. It probably means something more like "take a vacation". [Chris Piuma]

"Marat's bathing"
Marat was a French revolutionary murdered in his bath. [Ron Henry] * There is a famous painting depicting Marat stabbed to death in the bath: the "Death of Marat" by Jaques-Louis David [painted in 1793]. [Joshua Hall-Bachner]

Marat's bathing...
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