Daily Archives: May 3, 2013

Radio XIXX, side A, track 10: “Orange Crush” by R.E.M.

R.E.M. - Orange CrushOh, R.E.M., here we are again after our first successful outing in which I compared you to Munchkins.  I won’t resort to such juvenile shenanigans this time out, R.E.M., but I will tell you that this song exemplifies one of my biggest pet peeves with musicians.  I really like this song, R.E.M., but it seems clear that this song is “about” something, something probably really deep and important, but I don’t know what that could be.  Vietnam, maybe?  That’s what I’m guessing, and I’m guessing you’re making a statement about something and I also know that you tend to be pretty self-important about your work, so it’s probably very annoying to you that a Luddite such as myself doesn’t “get it”.  Fair enough, and maybe I am a little slow, but I don’t think I’m THAT slow, which gets to my pet peeve.  Help us out a little bit.  Maybe put it in the title, like “An Orange Crush In Saigon” (assuming this is about Vietnam), and then at least we know where to start.  You can still make it beautiful and still give us a fairly clear idea of what point you’re trying to make, just ask U2, another band who could give you a run for your money in smug self-importance.  That’s all I’m askin’, R.E.M.  Otherwise we’re all going to just assume you pride yourself on having vertebrae and orange soda. . .

“Orange Crush”

(Follow me, don’t follow me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(Collar me, don’t collar me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I’ve had my fun and now it’s time to serve your conscience overseas
(Over me, not over me)
Comin’ in fast, over me

(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)

(Follow me, don’t follow me)
Got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(Collar me, don’t collar me)
Got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I’ve had my fun and now it’s time to serve your conscience overseas
(Over me, not over me)
Comin’ in fast, over me

(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)

“We would circle and we’d circle and we’d circle to stop and consider and centered on the pavement stacked up all the trucks jacked up and our wheels in slush and orange crush in pocket and all this here county, hell, any county, it’s just like heaven here, and I was remembering and I was just in a different county and all then this whirlybird that I headed for I had my goggles pulled off; I knew it all, I knew every back road and every truck stop”

(Follow me, don’t follow me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(Collar me, don’t collar me)
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I’ve had my fun and now it’s time to serve your conscience overseas
(Over me, not over me)
Comin’ in fast, over me

(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)
(Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh)

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