R.E.M. - Standing Still Lyrics




This name I got we all agreed
She could stop, stop it well rid
We could bind it in the sist-
We could gather, throw a fit

Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
Set a trap for love, big kill
Don't waste your time sitting still

I'm the sun and you can read
I'm the sign and you're not deaf
We could bind it in the sist-
We could gather, throw a fit

Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
Set a trap for love, big kill
Don't waste your time sitting still
I can hear you
I can hear you
I can hear you

This name I got we all agree
She could stop, stop it well rid
We could bind it in the sist-
We could gather, throw a fit

Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
Set a trap for love, big kill
Don't waste your time sitting still
I can hear you
I can hear you
I can hear you

You can gather when I talk, talk until you're blue
You could get away from me, get away from me

I'm up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
Set a trap for love, big kill
Don't waste your time sitting still
I can hear you
I can hear you
I can hear you

I can hear you
I can hear you
I can hear you
Can you hear me





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  1. Fena Almassio

    Can you hear me?

  2. Steven Durham

    Oh, God, they were Good.

  3. Alex Piron

    here's an old REM song:

    "it was day been
    for same count no line
    scenes some time dismal and sane
    linnens crossed in vitro lane

    slip and sizing up in manners bind
    finding rays of conductors cry"

    I just pulled that out of my ass.. but if Micheal Stipe wrote it, it would make it to "genius lyrics"..

  4. GrayNeko

    This is April and Andy's song!!!

  5. james Doctor

    I think this song’s lyrics are intentionally incomprehensible as it was inspired by the fact Stipe’s sister taught deaf children. I think the only lyrics that are meant to be fully understood are “I can hear you, can you hear me?” which is a great and mysterious line. Timeless song

  6. lens33

    a. Sit and try for the big kill
    b. Set a trap for the big kill
    c. Sit and try, fuck up the kill
    d. Set a trap for love may kill
    e. Set a trap for love making
    f. Sit and try for the big key
    g. Sit and try, fuck up the key
    h. all of the above

  7. Marty Costello

    Kudzu forever! Love this album.

  8. A. B . M.

    Estos años sin :
    El grupo REM
    Pero nos queda lo mejor del
    Grupo
    Julio 3 2019 año
    Y más de REM

  9. Jason Barbush

    good example for active listeners during the other riffs of instrumentation.

  10. 1groovygreg

    REM’s early music has a distinctive purity of spirit.

  11. Kevin Brown

    Beautiful...

  12. Keith Holmes

    This album still blows me away now as much as when I first hear it as a youngster well over 30 years ago. What a debut

  13. marcmarc1967

    "Up to buy a cane, advise her, kitchen tap the night may end...
    City traffic, the big heat, wastin time sittin still..."

    That's what it's been for me since 1983, regardless of what google tells me. I'm sure others have their own interpretation. Once it burned in that way, I can't go back 35 years later.

  14. Bruce Dunkle

    Pete Buck and his Ric.

  15. Zoran Mrdjenovic

    Disliking this song goes against all logic. Mobile, Alabama!

  16. BaronVonPenguin

    Gobbledegook at its finest

  17. Brock Hopkins

    Are you Talkin' R.E.M. Re:Me?

  18. yasin albayrak

    a nice jangle pop track

  19. Handsome Jonni

    one of their best please

  20. Robertsmith3828

    Legends

  21. David Maholchic

    Murmur the album that changed my life I was 22 years old

    tarheel8494

    I was 16. it changed my life, too. :-)

    Emmanuel Chaves

    I was 13, and it changed my life too!

    jamesdeansghost55

    This album woke me up in 1983 from my heavy metal stupor.

    Mike Hickman

    Yep. And I'm officially a LOT older now.

  22. Luciana Silva

    Rapaz, fazia tempo que eu não ouvia. E surpreendentemente soa como se fosse a primeira vez, vai fundo no coração. Essa é a minha preferida desse disco.

  23. Mx Brooke Lee

    The only lyrics that really matter are "I can hear you". Like so many other songs on Murmur, this song is about humans connecting with each other, and if you never know what the scenario actually is, all Stipe wants you to hear is the phrase "I can hear you", because what really matters is how powerful that simple fact is.

    Ken Prock

    Well put. This song is so emotionally powerful and meaningful precisely because you're never quite sure what it's about. I frankly couldn't care less what the lyrics of "Sitting Still" mean: As in poetry, emotional meaning far surpasses the literal, and this song hits me on an emotional level few songs ever have.

    Fena Almassio

    Agree. I'll add ... I can hear you, can you hear me?

    Scott McGillivray

    Wasting time sitting still

    Scott McGillivray

    To the extent the song contains decipherable lyrics, they seem to be inspired at least in part by Stipe's sister, who is deaf and teaches deaf children. Marcus Gray interprets the song as being directed at a child, possibly a deaf child, based on its title referencing a common exhortation restricting children and other hints in the lyrics, like "I can hear you" and "Up to par and Katie bar the kitchen door but not me in." Stipe has stated in an interview that "Katie bar the door" is a Southern expression for barring the door to prevent a child from escaping punishment and is used as a warning that the child better watch out.

  24. ElephantRage

    so happy and sweet at once like only rem can

  25. Andy W.

    up to find a kay did vice a kitchen size but not made in, city stopped on a big key (wasting time-sitting still) .. Ha, that can't be right.
    LOVE the song - Murmur was the best.

    Andy W.

    correction *city trapped on a big kid*
    ah, that's more like it.

    xxjoeyladxx

    Andy W. I always read it as:

    Up to par and Katy buys,
    The kitchen size but not me in,
    City trapped for love, big kill,
    Waste of time, Sitting Still

    xxjoeyladxx

    Andy W. I always read it as:

    Up to par and Katy bars,
    The kitchen size but not me in,
    City trapped for love, big kill,
    Waste of time, Sitting Still

  26. Mic Ron

    you can lose yourself in this diaphanous album

  27. duncan w craig

    What a farkin amazing debut album ..

  28. Erik Rudolph

    Michael stipe looks like a combination of Moses and Santa Claus now

  29. D R

    a highlight from murmur

  30. Michael Rehm

    I think my favorite thing about REM is the letter R. Thats not to say anything bad about the letters E or M, however.

    Jason Barbush

    Rapid Eye Movements needed to dream dreams.

    linda from ga

    Michael Rehm Remember Every Moment

  31. David Sauer

    The high I get from this song is perhaps better than...

  32. GrayNeko

    One of my very, very, favorites from REM. We can do pop, but we don't want to! Love it!

  33. N. W.

    If this is seriously R.E.M.'s best song, it only finalizes my conviction they're the most overrated band ever. If he enunciated his lyrics everyone would see them for the utter bulls*** they are. The music is really mediocre compared to the indie stuff that was happening in Australia and England/Scotland at the same time. This should be ringing my bell, but instead it just disappoints me every time I try to give R.E.M. a chance.

    CaptHerculesVinegar

    American have a sensibility you lack. Good job its not the other way round for your British and Aussie artists! We Americans , especially from the south appreciate the genius of his lyrics and the music is sine qua non in combination. We are blessed to have these boys!

    leiadear

    a) this isn't R.E.M.'s best song, although it is a good one. b) this is literally off of their debut album, and it's a perfectly alright song even if you don't personally enjoy it. while i get not exactly liking a song, this is one of those that should at least be acknowledged as significant or "good", even if to you personally, it's not your thing. c) this was michael stipe's vocal style for a while. on murmur, most of the lyrics are unimportant, and that's not a flaw but a stylistic choice that you have to accept to enjoy the album. perhaps it is a bit juvenile - that's why R.E.M. departed from it. if you listen to their hits from the late 80s and early 90s, you'll see that michael stipe progressed as a vocalist and a songwriter and chose to more clearly annunciate his words and to take lyrics seriously. i'll admit, i sort of prefer that approach to the one on murmur, but murmur wouldn't be the same with specific, intended lyrics annunciated clearly. like it or not, michael stipe's unique vocal stylings on this album play into its charm and feel, and to change that would be to throw the whole album out. i get not liking one song, but you might want to look at more of their discography beyond their popular singles to get a grip on their work before writing them off.

    dennis chary

    I would say "Perfect Circle" but that would be splitting hairs.

    dennis chary

    I would disagree with you if only for the fact that his stream-of-consciousness technique does contain meaning and messages even if these meanings and messages are not expressed linearly.I will say that for me the music does evoke both joyful and sorrowful emotions that I am not aware of until I hear the music. So many of the other bands that you mention fail to do that in that they sound as if they are trying to hard to be "meaningful"

    bvaljalo

    And Stipe wrote TONS of great, (mostly) intelligible lyrics on albums that came later on ... I think you're forgetting this is their FIRST RECORD and they were like 21 or so. All rank amateurs, trying to do something unique ... Have you ever heard Lifes Rich Pageant (no. 4 in the catalog)? That's when Stipe started 'making sense' and the results are brilliant. In my book, their best overall album.

  34. henryandneo

    "Sitting Still"


    This name I got we all agreed
    She could stop, stop it well rid
    We could bind it in the sist-
    We could gather, throw a fit

    Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
    Set a trap for love, big kill
    Don't waste your time sitting still

    I'm the sun and you can read
    I'm the sign and you're not deaf
    We could bind it in the sist-
    We could gather, throw a fit

    Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
    Set a trap for love, big kill
    Don't waste your time sitting still
    I can hear you
    I can hear you
    I can hear you

    This name I got we all agree
    She could stop, stop it well rid
    We could bind it in the sist-
    We could gather, throw a fit

    Up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
    Set a trap for love, big kill
    Don't waste your time sitting still
    I can hear you
    I can hear you
    I can hear you

    You can gather when I talk, talk until you're blue
    You could get away from me, get away from me

    I'm up to par and Katie bars the kitchen signs but not me in
    Set a trap for love, big kill
    Don't waste your time sitting still
    I can hear you
    I can hear you
    I can hear you

    I can hear you
    I can hear you
    I can hear you
    Can you hear me

    David Sauer

    How did you learn these lyrics?

    David Sauer

    very good job. Rem is pretty much my favorite band. But I can't make out what Michael is saying most of the time.

  35. Giacomo Sbarra

    I can hear you

  36. cl0wnbird

    once you figure out what he says, then what does it mean?
    just music.  lyrics are just a vehicle for music and vice versa.
    sometimes the objective is to not mean anything.

  37. Zoran Mrdjenovic

    BRAVO R.E.M. 

  38. AntiHoplophobia

    +gluasad made up those words, I just know he did. What an imaginative person he/she is...

  39. gluasad

    This name I got we all agreed
    She could stop, stop it will read
    We could bind it in a cyst
    We could gather, throw a fit

    Up to buy, Katie buys a kitchen-size, but not Mae Ann
    Setting trap for the big kill, waste o' time, sitting still

    I'm the sun and you can read.
    I'm the sign and you're not deaf.
    We could bind it in a cyst.
    We could gather, throw a fit.

    Up to buy, Katie buys a kitchen-size, but not Mae Ann
    Setting trap for the big kill, waste o' time, sitting still
    I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear.

    This name I got we all agreed
    See could stop, stop it will read
    We could bind it in the cyst
    We could gather, throw a fit.

    Up to buy, Katie buys a kitchen-size, but not Mae Ann
    Setting trap for the big kill, waste o' time, sitting still
    I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear.

    You can gather when I talk, talk until you're blue
    You could get away from me. Get away from me.

    I'm up to buy, Katie buys a kitchen-size, but not Mae Ann
    Setting trap for the big kill, waste o' time, sitting still
    I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear.
    I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear. I-I-I can hear.
    Can you hear me?

    DTOM, ¿eStamos?

    up to par and katie bar the kitchen door but not me in

    puddy_in_the_hall

    I thought it was "Up to par and Katie buys a kitchen-size but not me in, Sit and try for the big key, wasting time sitting still"

    Lonnie Borrell

    CalooooSE

    Barn Owl

    You are totally winging a Mumbles translation, aren't you. Anything we heard or still hear is valid.

    xxjoeyladxx

    I think he says “Scythe”, not “Cyst”.

  40. AntiHoplophobia

    Classic REM, coffee, and cigs.... a perfect Saturday morning....
    This is my favorite REM song by far...
    What's the name of the next album?  I can't remember...

    David Sauer

    @AntiHoplophobia Yes. And then Fables of the Reconstruction. I think. Both of those albums also have some great songs.

    AntiHoplophobia

    @David Sauer Yes, they certainly do!

    Carter M

    I stopped after 'Murmur,' it seemed as if the band was wandering into self-parody, deliberate obfuscation for the heck of it, as the "lyrics" of this song and others prove, however well we might have danced to them ('This name I got we all agreed
    See could stop, stop it will read
    We could bind it in the cyst'--or whatever he was saying). Later, I did get 'Lifes Rich Pageant,' the missing apostrophe, again, in their original title. I never play it. I did not get Reckoning, Reconstruction, Monster or others. I once sold about $650 in used books to Michael Stipe, around 2008, when he visited the vintage bookshop in Nashville where I was working. Most were paperback fiction and science fiction, all intended for an art project using the covers. He loaded three large boxes into an SUV.

    Jason Barbush

    same here coffee and cigs to watch the sunrise and soon head on off the church nondenominational

    Steven Durham

    Reckoning

  41. AntiHoplophobia

    If you enter "Sitting Still lyrics", there isn't anything.  I guess we're not the only ones who can't figure out the lyrics here.

    supremetaco

    Stipe once looked up the lyrics on a search engine, and at the end of the set it said: "Note: These lyrics are approximations. Stipe himself has no idea what he says."

    AntiHoplophobia

    @supremetaco If that story's really true, it's hilarious... I can certainly understand Mr. Stipe not remembering the lyrics, since I couldn't tell you what I said or typed an hour ago...

    Matthew Stetson

    +AntiHoplophobia Stipe has described his earlier lyrics as nonsense and that would make sense since he is a product of UGA. Just playin' the room...


    Stipe has been cavalier about his earlier efforts, saying his lyrics "...didn't make exact linear sense." Easier said I'll guess while he was being praised for his lyrics on Out Of Time and Automatic For the People. He's always had a great voice and his passionate delivery has made him enjoyable from the start. REM ends the 89 video Tourfilm with Perfect Circle, a song I'll say holds up best from Murmur. It is a beautiful song but Berry, Bucks and Mills didn't know what the lyrics were about. Seem to recall something about "kids playing baseball" as one possibility. Salute.

    supremetaco

    @matt helm "Perfect Circle" was inspired by a moment when Buck was standing out on a back porch in New Jersey and saw a group of kids playing football in the distance. Probably because he was exhausted from touring, Buck found himself moved to tears by the sight. He described the experience to Stipe and asked him to write a song that captured that same emotion, and Stipe wrote "Perfect Circle" -- about an old girlfriend -- in response. Hope that helps. :)

    Matthew Stetson

    +supremetaco Many years back, Mills said he thought it might be about 'kids playing baseball'. Thanks, I hadn't heard that story before.

  42. AntiHoplophobia

    I can understand very little of what Michael Stipe is singing, but eventually he did get diction lessons, just listen to "Stand".
    "We could gather, throw a fit" I eventually figured out, and what a great idea!

  43. Aaron Kimball

      Just try and figure out what the hell he is saying.

  44. sempermerde

    My favorite by far...

    Cacks Salmon

    I agree!!!