R.E.M. - The Great Beyond Lyrics




I've watched the stars fall silent from your eyes
All the sights that I have seen
I can't believe that I believed I wished
That you could see
There's a new planet in the solar system
There is nothing up my sleeve

I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
I'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
Over my shoulder a piano falls
Crashing to the ground

In all this talk of time
Talk is fine
But I don't want to stay around
Why can't we pantomime, just close our eyes
And sleep sweet dreams
Me and you with wings on our feet

I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
I'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
Over my shoulder a piano falls
Crashing to the ground

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great beyond

I want the hummingbirds, the dancing bears
Sweetest dreams of you
I Look into the stars
I Look into the moon

I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
I'm tossing up punch lines that were never there
Over my shoulder a piano falls
Crashing to the ground

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great beyond

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great
Answers from the great, answers

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great beyond

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great
Answers from the great, answers

I'm breaking through
I'm bending spoons
I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
I'm looking for answers from the great beyond





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R.E.M. The Great Beyond Comments
  1. Bob Smith

    I love the 90s. I love this song. I love REM.

  2. Wowee Zowee

    The way stipe feels every single word in that song..... Just amazing

  3. Field Marshall of Swag - Conrad von Hotzendorf

    02:06 - shake it Michael, shake it!

  4. Trevor Lock

    Pep Guardiola was in REM?

  5. Charles Partrick

    After a while their music all sounds the same.

  6. chris mc

    Help me people help me

  7. Emily Banting

    One of the most beautiful songs ever made

  8. Ecordiolex -

    Answer's from the GREATS 😎

  9. Mauro

    3:21 :)

  10. Scot-Free

    Very Cool!

  11. Daniele bkdama

    The best song of all time!

  12. 4EvaRockNRoll

    Omg I love it always have.. artists today have absolutely no fricken clue!!!!!!!!

  13. Amanda Fuller

    Michael Stipe was a cutie 🥰

  14. Dylan Watson

    I want to die to this song

  15. Sofi-Anek

    this video and its lyrics gave me a strength....a hit so hard....that i was nearly losing consciousness....when i seen that guy singing who realizes he's inside a television with his homies and start to break the glass....i was on my near-death bed....looking 4 answers from The Great Beyond....

  16. Derek Punla

    Still in 2020 gold

  17. Robert Ketterman

    It is January 4, 2020. We are going to break through and be "Shiny Happy People"

    Emiliano Ciarla

    And bad day?

    Grim Reeper

    Kak song

  18. samensa1

    there's something very human about this song

  19. Acig1981

    In this clip you can see how left-handed Stipe is.

  20. amerocker

    This is only one of a _few_ songs that I like by REM, post Bill Berry.

  21. Aidan Mahoney

    Best band of all time

  22. Ecordiolex -

    Tweeting around with the Real Matrix of life 👂👀?

  23. Indra Taylor

    👍🏿🙏🏿

  24. FireSonata

    One of the most beautiful songs in the world

  25. rosa brandimarte

    🤔facciamo cose che ci piacciono oppure solo quello che Gli Altri si aspettano?🏋️

  26. Ecordiolex -

    We early millennial "Question" with pushed forwarding from baby blooms beyond in "Respect"

  27. oberfrange

    I was alone abroad in France in the late 90s and listened to their "Up" album all the time. Thanks for all the comfort your music has brought me.

  28. Luis Hernandez

    A tear fell watching this video and I don't know why. I can't believe this song came out 20 years ago & at the time I was seeing an AMAZING girl. This song perfectly captured our relationship in a beautiful way. Sadly, it didn't work out for us & she married someone else. We reconnected as friends but if only it would have worked out between us. I guess that's why I teared up.

  29. SCFC47

    never looked very well , Michael .. has he ?

  30. Heriberto Garza

    Increíble canción e increíble Película. Se extraña a R.E.M. 🤗😍

  31. emily edmunds

    I cancer

  32. emily edmunds

    Gaslighting is mean

  33. mimoocho dom

    12 string Rick. To go please.

  34. aikinsv

    I have not heard this song since the early 2000's. It made me tear up a little. I was really feeling it because I am looking for answers too. It;s hard sometimes when you have no clue about what's going on.

  35. TriniDude24

    The role that forever changed Jim Carrey

  36. Lourocifer

    One of the greatest bands ever

  37. Rob Smith

    Originally R.E.M wanted Jim Carrey to actually be in character for a video. But by that time Jim said he had enough of being Andy. Jim said he regretted the decision turn R.E.M.

  38. Kevin Davies

    THEIR BEST TRACK FOR ME AT LEAST

  39. Jeffrey engberg

    The Norwegian elephant mouse.

  40. japoy L

    Everytime i see this video i feel im 19 when i first see this Music video back in 1999

  41. scott elder

    Well this is what my dad used to listen to

  42. The Real Wilfred Dierkes

    I miss everything about you...

  43. skrokkacene

    Nel riff iniziale c'è dentro tutto l'alternative rock degli anni 90

  44. A.J.'s Adventures in Asia

    This song means so much to me for personal reasons

  45. lar hjp

    I watched the documentary "Jim & Andy" about two years ago on Netflix and it is still by far one of the greatests things I've ever seen.
    Love this song and the hidden meaning it contains. Jim Carrey totally performer genius.
    Highly recommended in case you wanna watch the documentary.

  46. nina jordan

    Pushing an elephant up the stairs... the one lyric pops into my head when I am going through the worst time.

  47. DRgreen98

    Many years ago i listened to this song a few times, and it simply seemed to me another good track by REM. Now i listened to this song with my headphones and.....It's just one of the sweetest and melodic things that could exist in this world. Makes me dream happy moments with a girl ! Damn it

  48. Kateland Troon

    Loved you guys since I was a child, I can only dream and hope one day you all come together and tour Australia. Still one of the greatest bands!

  49. saturn return

    Tal vez una de las melodias mas hermosas que haya hecho R.E.M en su basto repertorio , es dificil elegir una cancion en particular con una discografia tan rica y variada , pero esta cancion sin duda alguna es la gran joya de la banda en su etapa post -berry .

  50. Khaled Sanjakdar

    Many memories! Every day when i was child, finished school, i listened this song.

  51. Anthony Ciconte

    Truth music.. this guy is a flat earther FOR SURE!!

  52. tkay4401

    The last great song from REM. Maybe they have good music more recent than this, but I am just not familiar with it. The Great Beyond was (and still is) classic and excellent REM. They were at their best with this. If they could go back and make music that captures this feeling again... wow, they could be great again.

  53. Garth Templeman

    What an absolutely amazing song.

  54. bones1271

    I've watched the stars fall silent
    From your eyes
    All the sights that I have seen

    I can't believe that
    I believed I wished
    That you could see

    There's a new planet
    In the solar system
    There is nothing up my sleeve

    I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
    I'm tossing out punchlines
    That were never there
    Over my shoulder a piano falls
    Crashing to the ground

    In all this talk of time
    Talk is fine
    But I don't want to stay around

    Why can't we pantomime
    Just close our eyes
    And sleep sweet dreams
    Me and you with wings on our feet

    I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
    I'm tossing out punchlines
    That were never there
    Over my shoulder a piano falls
    Crashing to the ground

    I'm breaking through
    I'm bending spoons
    I'm keeping flowers in full bloom
    I'm looking for answers
    From the great beyond

    I want the hummingbirds
    The dancing bears
    Sweetest dreams of you
    I look into the stars
    I look into the moon

    I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs
    I'm tossing out punchlines
    That were never there
    Over my shoulder a piano falls
    Crashing to the ground

    I'm breaking through
    I'm bending spoons
    I'm keeping flowers
    In full bloom
    I'm looking for answers
    From the great beyond

    I'm breaking through
    I'm bending spoons
    I'm keeping flowers
    In full bloom
    I'm looking for
    Answers from the great
    Answers from the great, answers

    I'm breaking through
    I'm bending spoons
    I'm keeping flowers
    In full bloom
    I'm looking for answers
    From the great beyond

    I'm breaking through
    I'm bending spoons
    I'm keeping flowers
    In full bloom
    I'm looking for
    Answers from the great
    Answers from the great, answers

    I'm breaking through
    I'm bending spoons
    I'm keeping flowers
    In full bloom
    I'm looking for
    Answers from the great beyond

  55. sven pöpperl

    best band i hope they come back

  56. Paul Hann

    Fantastic tune

  57. The Prysoner

    Masterpiece, my favourite REM song💗

  58. esukyd2328

    Its 2019 and I have to go back to songs like this just to feel SOMETHING from music

    MegaSpideyman

    I'd recommend listening to Hozier's Cherry Wine, Interpol's Evil, or Cinematic Orchestra's To Build a Home.

    Ervin Abrahamian

    @MegaSpideyman Hosier sucks

    Loic Verstraete

    @Kevin Davies true

    Miss Mermaid

    MegaSpideyman To build a home is absolutely beautiful ❤️

  59. Wesley Wardlaw

    Gosh this song speaks to me. Andy Kaufman was the man on the moon, not because he was alone, but because he saw the world diffrent than anyone who lived on it. Almost like he was on the moon. People didnt know what to think about him, so he struggled to have people understand him. He was fighting an uphill battle against society and against the norm. Like pushing an elephant up the stairs. And he did things that were funny to him. He didn't care about what his audience thought about him, he was being his own person all the time. He threw punchline that were never there. He was just diffrent and I admire him. I wish I was around when he was alive because he is one of my inspirations in life. If you read all the way to the bottom, then thank you ✌😁

  60. Youssef Wakrim

    1999 year

  61. Lisa Townsend

    This song is prophetic pertaining to U.S. politics.

  62. SpaceManMonster

    All I ever hear from this movie is "Man on the Moon" and rarely ever this song... I mean what makes man on the Moon so much better.
    PLAY THIS SONG MORE!!!!

  63. Daniel Pyle

    They wanted jim to be in video as Andy and he said he just couldn't do it.he got so lost in the part he said he couldn't go back.

  64. Robert Yap

    The man in the moon

  65. Zilane Batista Batista

    Q música linda demais amo muito rem e gunses roses e Oasis e pink Floyd e silver chair creed e red hot chilli ppper the craberies metálica blink e Aerosmith e verve bit e fueel e led zeplim e West lyfy

  66. Devin Svennson

    This makes me really miss when deserving songs occasionally became hits, as this one did. The melody makes me just remember good times gone by in general. Anyone else notice that there's no drummer in this video? I think Jeremy Waronker played on it. They never officially replaced Bill, so I do get that. It's a wonderful song and video regardless.

  67. I AM THE YEAST

    I fell in love with this song harder than I did when I first fell in love with my first girlfriend. Falling in love with a girl brings a false happiness and false hope that it will go the way that you portray everything in your mind. Falling in love with a song is a comfort that will stay with you forever. Your first love will fail and you will get over it. Falling in love with a song will stay with you forever. This song will always take my breath away and will forever stay with me and will never leave me.


    P.s RIP Andy

    David Ferrara

    Oh bullshit. Get back on that horse and find a better one

  68. AMBROSE TISO

    Best band ever

  69. Stannis Trump

    My all time favourite song.
    It's so good.
    Underated

    Ena

    👌👊💪

  70. Lillemor Bettan

    Oh I miss them, this is a masterpiece 💖

  71. Grace Bayan

    Long live Thomas Jefferson!

    Grace Bayan

    President of the United States of America. Thomas Jefferson!

  72. Grace Bayan

    These are my Lands! And I speak for gavimeson

  73. Grace Bayan

    It only takes 10 pages to change all that is.

  74. Grace Bayan

    In accordance with the principal of boy helping boy!

  75. settingson4

    only one person missing.....

  76. ettore grossi

    Ma come fa questa canzone ad avere solo 9 milioni di visualizzazioni???? Poi ci stupiamo perché il mondo va a rotoli..

  77. Derek Kennedy

    looking for answers for the great beyond...help

    Derek Kennedy

    he looks happy

  78. Abad Goat

    Am I the only person that really hated this movie? I hate this movie, I hate this song, I hate the story it is based on.

    Push an Elephant right up your ass, Andy.

  79. Derek Kennedy

    best rem song ever

  80. Darth Vader

    Thank you vetty much.

  81. Andre Williams

    This song has been with me and my best and worst times and it always Lifted Me Up and it still does to this day it's a lifer

  82. David R. Davidson

    This was a song in my head TODAY. LOLZ. Thanks much R. E. M.! Be well.

    David R. Davidson

    P. S. You guys did, as did Jimmy C., well by Andy Kaufman. He would've been humbled and proud by the recognition. Then he would have wanted to take you all out for milk and cookies afterwards.

  83. Riley K

    That pre-chorus and chorus are goddamn brilliant

  84. Grace Bayan

    2:30 is the dance of life.

  85. mr james

    Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you band as good if not better than the Beatles.

  86. vitranc

    Totally forgot about this song! Brings back memories.

  87. nerdykitty cakez

    1:57-2:11 ....thank you hehe

  88. Forgotten Palace

    All these things can be done by reaching a higher consciousness. Keeping flowers in bloom and bending spoons.

  89. Михаил Крылов

    Просто внеземная музыка

  90. Gregory Edgerton

    Music possessed by some spirit. Beautiful. Simply Beautiful.

  91. Reginald Wright

    This song is great..but is not there greatest song ever..I’ve see the other comments.

  92. John Gray

    "I’m pushing an elephant up the stairs"

  93. satiro

    That 1001 thumbs down it's a matter of symmetry... I think...

  94. Colin Cook

    Greatest REM song ever

  95. redcandy 45

    Actually miss this band 🤔

  96. James the Fisherman

    Why were those orange pants so popular in the 90s?

  97. Will Fleming

    Their best

  98. ukeyus music

    One of the best pop songs describing on purity. Love it throughout my life.

  99. Stefan Lang

    E pensare che non è racchiusa nemmeno in un loro album. Una delle migliori canzoni dei REM quanto mi piace sta canzone