R.E.M. - So Fast, So Numb Lyrics




You're moving through rough waters
Motor boy
And swimming in your sleep
How could I be so blind, mis-sighted
Not to see there's something wounded deep

Anyone could scratch your surface now
It's all amphetamine
You're blasting yourself into the present
To blur some past indignity, say that

You say that
You hate it
You want to re-create it

I've been around, I've been your lover
I let it go at Kill Devil Hills
You're coming onto something so fast, so numb
That you can't even feel

You're drinking raw adrenal baby
And do-si-do, saddo
You're eating cartilage, shark-eyes, shark-heart
All present tense
Boy, your blood is running cold

Listen! This is now, this is here
This is me, this is what I wanted
You to see
That was then, that was that
That is gone, that is past
You cast yourself, cast
Passed by, thrown down fast, you say

You say that
You hate it
You want to re-create it

I've played this round, I've played your lover
I've played it out and to the hilt
You're coming onto something so fast, so numb
That you can't even feel

You love it
You hate it
You want to re-create it
Now! This is here, this is me
This is what I wanted you to see
That was then, that was that
That is gone, that is what
I wanted you to feel

You love it
You hate it
I'm spitting out the bitter pill

I've been around, I've been your lover
I let it go at Kill Devil Hills
You're coming onto something so fast, so numb
That you can't even feel

I've played this round, I've played your lover
I've played it out and to the hilt
You're coming onto something so fast, so numb
That you can't even feel

You've played around, you played me lover
I let it go at Kill Devil Hills
You're moving so hard, so fast, so numb
That you can't even feel





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R.E.M. So Fast, So Numb Comments
  1. James Lehr

    The most SUBLIME REM song.

  2. New Thought

    Serious question, HOW are they so GREAT?!

    Peter Dyste

    what is so much better?

  3. Harfyyn Teuport

    A band at their peak.

    I honestly don't understand why this isn't considered one of the greatest albums of all time.

    Black Skull

    It's my fave of theirs. Absolutely love it.

  4. Roberto Zadik

    Missing Rem and 90's great tunes

  5. Sonja R

    REM is my all time favorite band. I’m more melody oriented than lyrics, and their melodies are haunting. Mike Mills’ harmonizing has an amazing ethereal quality. The chords always tug at my heart. This song, and most of all their earlier stuff is ridiculously creative. Michael Stipes voice, one of a kind. The beauty of this song, for me, is almost beyond description.

  6. King SeR

    The song says Kill Devil Hill not Hills, like the city in North Carolina. Does any one the meaning of this?

    Michael Arnold

    @Fred H jokes don't exactly translate well online because tone of voice and context is absent. Especially on a post made years ago now. But of course I'm the dumb one for not understanding that. You come across as quite pretentious. Don't be so quick to judge others, especially those you don't know.

    Fred H

    @Michael Arnold I'm intrigued by the idea of not judging someone quickly, and yet I'm pretentious. I thought your reply was quite dim and unnecessarily aggressive, and to be totally honest if that makes me pretentious then so be it. Have a great day

    Michael Arnold

    @Fred H the two ideas of pretention and not judging someone too quickly in no way contradict. However, if you are upset by my post then please use the internet with care. But, being honest, I think you are either a really bad troll or someone very pretentious. Either way, bye.

    Fred H

    @Michael Arnold You're too old to try and fuck people off like this Michael. Get a life

  7. コイワカメラ

    You're movin' through rough waters motel boy,
    And swimming in your sleep
    How could I be so blind, mis-sighted,
    Not to see there's something wounded deep?
    Anyone could scratch your surface now,
    It's all amphetamine
    You're blasting yourself into the present
    Learn some vast indignity, say that,
    You say that you hate it,
    You want to recreate it
    I've been around, I've been your lover
    I let it go at Kill Devil Hill,
    You're coming onto something so fast, so numb
    That you can't even feel
    You're drinking the raw Drano baby,
    You do-si-do, saddo
    You're you in cartilage, shark-eyed, shock horror, all present tense,
    And boy your blood is running cold
    Listen, this is now, this is here, this is me,
    This is what I wanted you to see
    That was then, was that, that is gone, this is past,
    You cast yourself cast, passed by, thrown down fast, you say
    You say that you hate it
    You want to recreate it
    I've played this round, I've played your lover
    I've played it out to the hilt
    You're comin' on with something so fast, so numb
    That you can't even feel
    You love it, you hate it
    You want to recreate it
    Now, this is here, this is me,
    This is what I wanted you to see
    That was then, was that, that is gone
    That is what I wanted you to feel
    You love it, you hate it
    You spit it out, the bitter pill
    I've been around, I've been your lover
    I let it go at Kill Devil Hill
    You're coming onto something so fast, so numb
    That you can't even feel
    I've played this round, I've played your lover
    I've played it out to the hilt
    You're comin' on with something so fast, so numb
    That you can't even feel
    You played around, you played me lover,
    I let it go at Kill Devil Hill
    You're moving so hard, so fast, so numb
    That you can't even feel

    Johan Slabbert

    Thank you.

  8. Živorad Djokić

    Great song

  9. ignacio dopico

    Un disco redondo, brutal

  10. Cuna plateada

    ¡Qué recuerdos! ¡Qué grande!

  11. EricRRobert

    This might be the most important song of my sophomore year in college.

    Paddy9476

    Same here! When this came out I played the hell out of this one and the Wake Up Bomb.

  12. Andy Rogers

    anyone could scratch your surface your so amphetamine

    Maureen C

    Andy Rogers I thought i went "How any1 could scratch your surface now. It's all amphetamine "
    ¿anyone?¡

  13. MitchelGant

    Love it. Thanks for uploading.

    Incinerate

    +MitchelGant No prob, I uploaded because I didn't find the full song on Youtube.

  14. bub bub

    I think there's nine good REM songs.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnXP9niiWk0-OCuUvroA4a-1CRnjyl62M     green grow the rushes, don't go back to rockville, harborcoat, country feedback, crush with eyeliner, so fast so numb, sponge (cover), final straw, walk it back.   I don't think they ever "had it" and then "lost it".  I just think they hardly ever recorded really good songs, but when they did they were great.

    markwett

    R.E.M. HAVE A BILLION AMAZING SONGS, AND YOU TRASH ALMOST ALL OF THE BUT CHOOSE "CRUSH WITH EYELINER" OF ALL SONGS? THAT'S ARGUABLY ONE OF THEIR WORST. SERIOUSLY YOU'RE DELIRIOUS

    Jacob Koren

    What the fuck are you talking about? they have maybe much more!!!