R.E.M.

Reveal (2001)

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  1. The Lifting - 4:39

  2.  I've Been High - 3:26

  3. All the Way to Reno (You're Gonna Be a star) - 4:43

  4. She Just Wants to Be - 5:22

  5. Disappear - 4:10

  6. Saturn Return - 4:54

  7. Beat a Drum - 4:20

  8. Imitation of Life - 3:56

  9. Summer Turns to High - 3:31

  10. Chorus and the Ring - 4:31

  11. I'll Take the Rain - 5:51

  12.  Beachball - 4:13

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The Lifting (1)

Grounded, 5 a.m.

the nightlite is comforting,

but gravity is holding you.

once settled into sleep,

you have watched, on repeat,

the story of your life

across the ceiling;

and in review.

you've said the air was singing.

it's calling you you don't believe

these things you've never seen

"good morning, and how are you?

the weather's fine, the sky is blue-

it's perfect for our seminar..."

"now close your eyes,

and start to breathe.

allow the noise to recede...

...allow yourself to drift and fly away."

but you just stay.

you've said the air was singing,

it's calling you you don't believe

these things you've never seen, never heard.

Did you hear these voices?

Did you hear these voices calling?

Did you hear these voices calling you?

locked into a conference room,

"we're only what our minds assume..."

and rationale is leaving you.

this conceit, these systems of belief,

your counselor agrees,

"you've always marked these boundaries, now

you're free..."

and with relief.

you've said the air was singing,

it's calling you, you don't believe

these things you've never seen, never heard,

never dreamed

you've said the air was singing,

it's calling you you don't believe

these things you've never seen, never heard,

never dreamed.

never, never, never...

once you had a dream

of oceans, and sunken cities;

memories of things you've never known

and you have never known

 

I've Been High

Have you seen?

have not, will travel.

have I missed the big reveal?

do my eyes

do my eyes seem empty?

I've forgotten how this feels.

I've been high

I've climbed so high

but life sometimes

it washes over me.

have you been?

have done, will travel.

I fell down on me knees.

was I wrong?

I don't know, don't answer.

I just needed to believe.

I've been high

I've climbed so high

but life sometimes

it washes over me.

so

I dive into a pool so cool and deep that if I sink I sink

and when I swim I fly so high

what I want

what I really want is

just to live my life on high.

and I know

I know you want the same

I can see it in your eyes.

I've been high

I've climbed so high

but life sometimes

it washes over me.

washes over me

close my eyes so I can see

make my make believe believe

in me

 

All The Way To Reno (you're gonna be a star)

Humming

all the way to Reno

you've dusted the non-believers

and challenged the laws of chance

now, sweet

you were so sugar sweet

you may as well have had 'kick me'

fastened on your sleeve

you know what you are,

you're gonna be a star

you know what you are

you're gonna be a star

wing

is written on your feet

your Achilles heel

is a tendency

to dream

but you've know that from the beginning

you didn't have to go so far

you didn't have to go.

you know what you are,

you're gonna be a star

you know what you are

you're gonna be a star

you know who you are

you know who you are

you know who you are.

humming

all the way to Reno,

you've written your own directions

and whistled the rules of change

you know what you are

you're gonna be a star

you know what you are

you're gonna be a star

you know what you are

you're gonna be a star

you know what you are

you're gonna be a star

humming

all the way to Reno

all the way to Reno

all the way to Reno

you're gonna be a star, you are

you're gonna be a star

you're gonna be a star, you are

you're gonna be a star

 

She Just Wants To Be

It's not that she walked away,

her world got smaller.

all the usual places,

the same destinations,

only something's changed.

it's not that she wasn't rewarded

with pomegranate afternoons

and Mingus, Chet Baker and chess.

it's not the stampeding fortune,

of prim affectations.

she's off on her own

but she knows

now is greater than the whole of the past

is greater, and now she knows

she just wants to be somewhere

she just wants to be

she just wants to be somewhere

she just wants to be.

it's not that the transparency

of her earlier incarnations

now looked back on, weren't rich

and loaded with beautiful vulnerability

and now she knows.

now is greater

and she knows that

she just wants to be somewhere

she just wants to be

She just wants to be somewhere

she just wants to be

now is greater, now is greater.

and she knows that

she just wants to be somewhere

she just wants to be

she just wants to be somewhere

she just wants to be.

it's not like if angels

could truly look down

stir up the trappings

and light on the ground.

remind us of what, when, why or who

that how's up to us, me and you.

and now is greater than the whole of the past

is greater, and now she knows that.

now she knows.

 

Disappear

I've dragged my feet

across the seat

and jumped out the passenger side.

the only thing worth looking for

is what you find inside.

but that had not yet appeared.

lost, invisible, here.

tel aviv and agadir,

taroudant or olomouc

before i learned to see

the vanishing point appear

I looked for you and everywhere.

I looked for you and everywhere.

there is a calm I haven't come to yet

I spent half my life figuring what comes next

I telescoped in.

I'll finally win,

I'll finally win the prize.

that now my eyes see

a comic's perfect timing squeezed.

I'm headfirst fighting everything

the crushing force of memory

erasing all i've been

the vanishing point appears

I looked for you and everywhere.

I looked for you and everywhere.

tell me why you're here

I came to disappear.

look at this face.

can you believe it?

am I living in a beautiful vacuum?

because I can't see it

the vanishing point appears.

I looked for you and everywhere.

I looked for you and everywhere.

tell me why you're here

I came to disappear

tell me why you're here

I came to disappear

I came to disappear

 

Saturn Return

Easy to poke yourself square in the eye

harder to like yourself, harder to try

these elvis poses, postcards and neopryn

roses a dollar a stem

everyone’s sleeping or pulling a long haul,

the keys in the cooler, it's 3 a.m.

and Saturn is beckoning no one

is off on its own

is offering up

late shift convenience store

cut out the lights

telescope roof towards the

northwestern sky

you pull the ladder u

no one's the wiser

tou find your sights and discover

that Saturn is orbiting nothing

is off on its own

is breaking from home

harder to look yourself square in the eye

easy to take off

you found the ladder in the pattern of your wrist

you’ve seen and you’ve marked horizons

mother was difficult, she made you cry

cover the mirror, look to the sky

you climbed into your rocketship triumph

lift up and hold out your hands

Saturn is orbiting nothing

is off on its own

is breaking from home

Saturn is orbiting nothing

is off on its own

is breaking from home

Saturn return when you chase down its moons

throw them into a new gravity

harder to look yourself square in the eye

easy to poke yourself, easy as pie

easy to take off, harder to fly

harder to wake Galileo

 

Beat A Drum (2)

The sun reflected in the back of my eye

I knocked my head against the sky

the dragonflies are busy buzzing me

seahorses if we were in the sea

halfway from coal, halfway to diamond.

my fall knocked a mean chip out of me.

I'm gathering as far as I can reach

we're perched up on the precipice

and this is what I've seen

this is all I want it's all I need

this is all I am it's everything

this is all I want it's all I need.

a bluejay hectors from the felled catalpa tree

doctorate in science and a theologian's

dream

the dragonflies are trying to lecture me

seahorses if we were in the sea

this is all I want it's all I need

this is all I am it's everything

this is all I want it's all I need.

beat a drum for me, like a butterfly wing

tropical storm across the ocean

but don't explain, I'm sure I'll want to know.

but don't forget, we're just halfway from coal

this is all I want it's all I need

this is all I am it's everything

this is all I want it's all I need.

 

Imitation of Life

Charades, pop skill

water hyacinth, named by a poet.

imitation of life

like a koi in a frozen pond

like a goldfish in a bowl

I dont want to hear you cry

thats sugarcane that tasted good

thats cinnamon thats hollywood

c'mon c'mon no one can see you try

you want the greatest thing

the greatest thing since bread came sliced.

you've got it all, you've got it sized.

like a friday fashion show teenager

freezing in the corner

trying to look like you dont try

thats sugarcane that tasted good.

thats cinnamon thats hollywood

c'mon c'mon no one can see you try

no one can see you cry

thats sugarcane that tasted good

thats freezing rain thats what you could

c'mon c'mon no one can see you cry

this sugarcane

this lemonade

this hurricane, i'm not afraid.

c'mon c'mon no one can see me cry

this lightning storm

this tidal wave

this avalanche, i'm not afraid.

c'mon c'mon no one can see me cry

thats sugarcane that tasted good

thats who you are, thats what you could

c'mon c'mon no one can see you cry

thats sugarcane that tasted good

thats who you are, thats what you could

c'mon c'mon no one can see you cry

 

Summer Turns To High

Mercury is rising still

turn the fan on high

I won't step on my own shadow

no one wants to cry

someone put a pox on me

I'll spit in their eye

summer turns to high

with my bedsheet cape and sandals

circle citronella candles

summer's here, the light is raising

hopes and dragonflies

If those hopes are overshadowed,

cotton candy, caramel apple.

summer turns to high

summer turns to high

summer turns to high,

summer high

after wine and nectarines

the fireflies in time

move like syrup through the evening

with a sweet resign

I won't pine for what could have been-

I'm preoccupied!

summer turns to high

summer turns to high

summer turns to high,

summer high.

 

Chorus & The Ring

Hey there now young one wholly, swing along

quote the scriptures, keep them guessing

which pit you crawled from.

just defy it, just deny it, was it fun?

your time has come-

what have you done? what have you done?

that's when the insults start to sting

you can't remember anything

the chorus chime in, the greek chorus,

the machine of god singing

it's the poison that in measures brings

illuminating vision

it's the knowing with a wink that we expect in

southern women

it's the wolf that knows which root to dig

to save itself

it's the octopus that crawled back to the sea

that's when the insults start to sting

you can't remember anything

the chorus chime in, the greek chorus,

the machine of god ring!

hammered, shooting plywood in the backyard

laughing 'cause the racket makes the

blackbirds sing

write the holy terror, suck the marrow from

the bone- singe

your own wings burning books, you got the

chorus and the ring

that's when the insults start to sting

you can't remember anything

the chorus chime in, the greek chorus,

the machine sings

that's when the insults starts to sting

you can't remember anything

the chorus chime in, the greek chorus,

the machine sings

that's when the calibration brittle as a stick

gets you the gold ring

and the tar museum che guevera wink,

gold ring

gold ring.

sing.

sing.

sing.

sing.

 

I'll Take The Rain

The rain came down

the rain came down

the rain came down on me

the wind blew strong

and summer's song

it fades to memory.

I knew you when

I loved you then

in summer's yawn, now hopeless

you laid me bare

and marked me there

the promises we made

I used to think, as birds take wing,

they sing through life, so why can't we?

we cling to this, and claim the best

if this is what you're offering

I'll take the rain, I'll take the rain,

the nighttime creases

summer schemes

and stretches out to stay

the sun shines down

you came around

you love the easy days

but now the sun,

the winter's come

I wanted just to say

that if I hold

I'd hope you'd fold

and open up inside, inside of me

I used to think, as birds take wing,

they sing through life, so why can't we?

we cling to this, and claim the best

if this is what you're offering

I'll take the rain, I'll take the rain, I'll take the rain.

this winter's song

I'll sing along

I've searched its still refrain.

I'll walk alone

if given this

take wing, and celebrate the rain.

I used to think, as birds take wing,

they sing through life, so why can't we?

we cling to this, and claim the best

if this is what you're offering

I'll take the rain, I'll take the rain, I'll take the rain.

 

Beachball

Tonight's alive

the beach ball's set to fly

those well tequila'd guys

who smile at strangers

à tes souhaits

à tes amours chéri

you give a little sneeze

and dance the rhu-rhu-rhu-rhu-rhumba

this life is sweet

we're dancin' in the street

who knows who you might meet?

you'll do fine.

the little weekend's here

thursday has an ear

her coffee klatch career

she talks to strangers.

and kissing by the sea

particular to me

'ti punch, mojito, sling and

dance the rhu-rhu-rhu-rhu-rhumba.

this life is sweet

we're dancin' in the street

who knows who you might meet?

you'll do fine.

we flash the seaside sky

with starfish butterflies

to cast a spell and welcome locals,

weekenders and strangers.

You'll do fine

You'll do fine

You'll do fine

Note:

(1)   Reveal è il primo disco dei R.E.M. dove sono riportati i testi dei brani

(2)   Titolo originale del brano era “All I Want”

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