Losing My Religion Lyrics - R.E.M.

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Oh, life is bigger
It's bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I've said too much
I've said it all

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour
I'm choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt, lost and blinded old, fool
Oh no, I've said too much
I've said it all

Consider this
Consider this hint of the century
Consider this slip
That brought me to my knees pale
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
And now I've said too much

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

That was just a dream
That was just a dream

That's me in the corner
That's me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

That was just a dream
Try, cry, why, try
That was just a dream
Just a dream, just a dream...

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a classic obsession/love song | Reviewer: jd | 8/10/14

In his own words, it is a "...classic, obsession, love song". i think it's about being so obsessed with wanting the love of another that you lose the love for yourself.

Personal Loss to AIDS | Reviewer: Tangential | 2/16/13

Michael Stipe publicly admitted to being bisexual in 1994.

When this song was released, an AIDS/HIV diagnosis meant a certain, painful death.

Consider the all-male cast, the abundance of angel wings, and the emotional tone of a memorial in the official music video release (for MTV play).

Is it a stretch to consider the song a personal lament over the loss of a loved one to AIDS?

Remember, Tony Kushner's award-winning play "Angels in America"(gays coping with AIDS) debuted on Broadway in May 1991.

Don't try so hard | Reviewer: Metaphorical | 1/7/12

People try so hard to understand lyrics, jumping to so many conclusions by breaking down each sentence rather than analyze and interpreting the entire song as a whole. If you really took the time to read the lyrics to this song, you would clearly understand that "religion" is a complete metaphor. This song has nothing to do with god or religion; He's masquing specific words to hide the true meaning of the song so that when people listen to it, they will feel like they can relate to a singers message and therefore, attract more fans to listen to their music, It's kind of like a band selling tactic to get more people to buy their songs. Like for example: Brittney Spears sings about men and sex to attract male customers into buying her CD. A lot of the times, musicians songs have absolutely no meaning to them. The ones that do have meaning, are the ones that aren't singing for the money or fame, there singing will come from the heart.

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Jesus | Reviewer: Tony | 3/20/11

This song to to seems to be about Jesus talking to mankind and mankind talking back to him. It may sound ridiculous, but Stipe is from the South and would may not want to admit this and cover it with a love song meaning like every other pop hit, but that is not like R.E.M. Since when were their songs typical pop songs. "This hint of the century" is about humanity pulling farther away from Jesus and religion more than ever. Listen to it and see.

@"wowed" | Reviewer: Martin | 1/26/11

Spoke to me so much aswell and i agree to what you write. But i can not for one second agree that it has anything with gender to do. I tore my soul and mind to pieces. I said too much, said to little... whatever i could say to her it wouldn't change the fact that we live 2 diffrent lives in 2 diffrent countries. She loves someone else, after rejecting him and giving me hope... so no, even tho some think that emotions or coldness has a gender, it don't.

wowed | Reviewer: ------ | 11/3/10

I think this song personally talks to me...it's definitly about obsession with someone, probably a man, and they cannnot understand that you love them, and frankly don't care. when i say obsession, i don't mean it in a creepy way, i mean love and care. advice for all y'all: if you love someone, do something about it, because if you don't act soon, they'll find someone else.

Not About Religion | Reviewer: Izzy | 10/5/10

'Losing my religion' is a Southernism for losing one's temper. Michael Stipe once stated on 'Behind The Music' that this song is about a crush. Those two things implies to me that this is about liking somebody, doing all you can to get their attention, they don't notice, and it irks you. But, it also scares you that they will notice, and not care. Deep, beautiful lyrics, on a simple, human subject.

Theory | Reviewer: T | 8/6/10

REM manages to be both simple and complex at the same time. The song can be experienced as a burst of unrequited longing, or as a lament to failed morality. It means different things every time you listen to it, different things to different people. It breaks the loneliness of inner struggle and brings forth the natural instinct to sing for succor...

My thoughts about it. | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/15/10

As much as I hate talking about religion, I think it's him fighting with himself to either "come out", or stay hidden and wanting to be himself without having to hide it.

"That's me in the corner. That's me in the spotlight losing my religion. Trying to keep up with you, and I don't know if I can do it. Oh no, I've said too much, I haven't said enough"
He wants to stay, or believe in G*d, but thinks he can't because of his wrongs or decisions.

"I thought that I heard you laughing. I thought that I heard you sing. I think I thought I saw you try."
G*d thinking that he's acting foolish, then telling him something but he won't listen, then G*d tries to interfere with him in some way to make him believe still.

"Every whisper of every waking hour I'm choosing my confessions. Trying to keep an eye on you like a hurt, lost and blinded old, fool. Oh no, I've said too much I've said it all. Consider this, consider this hint of the century, consider this slip that brought me to my knees pale. What if all these fantasies come flailing around and now I've said too much."
He's trying to find out what he should reveal about himself, and seeing if G*d would try and stop him or get in his way so he's watching for him.
He's wondering what would happen if he comes out with his fantasies of being with a man, or doing what others might think of as "wrong."

missing my daughter | Reviewer: marianne asher-chapman | 12/28/09

I have always loved REM and this song. My daughter,Angie went missing 74 months ago. A year ago her husband confessed to killing her. It was domestic violence,at it's best. Her remains have never been found. I have lost my relion.

religion means love of course! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 11/19/09

so when i say religion is stupid i mean love is stupid, at least the love for religion.
don't take me wrong, i think religion is a great thing, and it has AWESOME POWER! like the ability to convince yourself that "losing my religion" means "losing love" and that a magical space daddy exists. The world has certain truths, deal with it, some are unpleasant, like that a song can be good even if you don't agree with the lyrics.

Been there, done that | Reviewer: pjr | 7/24/09

Funny, but I remember this song from 1991. When it was popular I was going through exactly what he was singing about. Lost love, one that may or may not have even been real. You'll abandon all of your core beliefs just to hang onto it--losing your religion. You say too much, not enough at the same time. Nothing you can do is right, that was just a dream, just a dream.

If you're going through that right now, just DON'T LISTEN to this song. It will make you dwell on it, and the melody and the mandolin in the background just locks itself into your brain preventing you from letting the pain go. Move on. To this day that mandolin takes me back to the pain even though I've let it all go.

I guess that's a sign of a very successful song and composer.

I believe it is about what I am experiencing... | Reviewer: Thomas Gottfried | 9/12/08

This song speaks directly to me, at this time of my life. I think love, if you feel it in the deepest, most personal level of yourself (Ger.: "selbst" as opposed to "ich/es" =id and "über-ich"), is something so near to you that it becomes a part of you. As religion does to those who *really believe*. It is God-like, it is a close as we come to an ultimate truth. People who have religion say, "God is love."

The sentiment in the song is, to me, about the realization that the thing I believed in either
- *isn't* there, or
- "apparently" *isn't* there, or
- maybe never was there...
The general tone of both the music and the lyrics is one of utter loss, sadness, disbelief, and confusion. The confusion you feel when this happens to you, when you have this extremely discomforting "revelation", is beautifully expressed in lines such as

I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

When you lose a love that touched you to the core -- but you might never have really had -- you are so confused that every signal, every thing that ever happened becomes questionable, and it is enough to drive you mad. You have no clear orientation, and it seems like it was all "just a dream".

I had never really listened to this song very closely or exactly before this all started occurring in my life. Then it just popped into my head and I knew that R.E.M. had already put my feelings to words and music.

Stipe's explanation about it being a "classic obsession love song" is also valid, when this started to happen, I almost automatically slipped into an obsessive state, doing everything and anything to stop her from going, thus:

Trying to keep up with you
And I don't know if I can do it
Oh no, I've said too much
I haven't said enough

Whatever you say isn't enough for you and yet is too much, you are left feeling helpless and powerless.

Some of the most heartfelt and gripping song lyrics I have ever heard.

The meaning | Reviewer: AssToMouth | 8/11/08

In the song, Michael Stipe sings the lines "That's me in the corner/That's me in the spotlight/Losing my religion". The phrase "losing my religion" is an expression from the southern region of the United States that means losing one's temper or civility, or "being at the end of one's rope." Stipe told The New York Times the song was about romantic expression.[5] He told Q that "Losing My Religion" is about "someone who pines for someone else. It's unrequited love, what have you."[6] Stipe compared the song's theme to "Every Breath You Take" by The Police, saying, "It's just a classic obsession pop song. I've always felt the best kinds of songs are the ones where anybody can listen to it, put themselves in it and say, 'Yeah, that's me.'"[7]

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