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R.E.M. What's The Frequency, Kenneth? Lyrics

Last updated: 07/08/2009 11:00:00 AM

(Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" is your benzedrine, uh-huh.
I was braindead, locked out, numb, not up to speed.
I thought I'd pegged you, an idiot's dream
Tunnelvision from the outsider's screen.

I never understood the frequency, uh-huh.
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh.

I'd studied your cartoons, radio, music, TV, movies, magazines.
Richard said, "Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy."
A smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth.

You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh.
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh.

"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" is your benzedrine, uh-huh.
Butterfly decal, rearview mirror, dogging the scene.
You smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth.

You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh.
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh.
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh.
I couldn't understand.
You said that irony was the shackles of youth, uh-huh.
I couldn't understand.
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh.
I couldn't understand.
I never understood don't fuck with me, uh-huh.

Thanks to JM for submitting What's The Frequency, Kenneth? Lyrics.



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??? | Reviewer: Jackie | 12/22/2007

I heard that when some news anchor got his ass kicked, his attackers kept saying "What's the frequency Kenneth?" I can't remember where I heard it. Anybody else hear this? Great song.



REM! | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/24/2007

ha ha great song so catchy love the lyrics and i love the ending "don't f*ck with me" thing it goes perfect with the song