Animal
R.E.M. Lyrics


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Hey what's the big deal?
Tell me how to feel?
I know where we boomeranged and fell from grace
Point me to the stars I'm up for the chase
I know where we fell on our face
Jump with me
You jump with me
Hey, what's the big deal?
I'm an animal
I'm an animal
I'm an animal

I don't want to boomerang
I don't want to cannonball
I'm not angling
I don't want to fall
Tell me I'm the anchor of my own ascension
Tell me I'm a tourist in the fourth dimension?

Hey, what's the big deal?
I'm an animal
I'm an animal
I'm an animal

Work it out

I am vibrating at the speed of light
Take my hand, we'll wind up the night
Spin me, win me, lift me, kiss me
Trip me, cuss me, bend me, trust me
Touch me now
You take my hand
You trust me now
You understand

So what's the big deal?
I'm an animal
I'm an animal
I'm an animal





I am vibrating at the speed of light

Overall Meaning

The song "Animal" by R.E.M. is an energetic and mysterious track that embodies the theme of self-discovery, exploring the unchartered territories and chasing one's dreams. The lyrics are written in an interrogative form, as if the singer is asking the listener for guidance, trying to find his true self. The first two lines of the song, "Hey what's the big deal? Tell me how to feel?" imply that the singer is lost and seeks answers to understanding himself. The following lines, "I know where we boomeranged and fell from grace/ Point me to the stars I'm up for the chase" indicate that the singer is familiar with failure and has an adventurous spirit but requires direction.


The chorus, "Hey, what's the big deal? I'm an animal," encompasses the general theme of discovering one's instincts and primal desires. Instead of conforming to society's norms, the singer accepts his "animal" nature and discovers his individuality. The last verse, "I am vibrating at the speed of light/ Take my hand, we'll wind up the night/ Spin me, win me, lift me, kiss me/ Trip me, cuss me, bend me, trust me/ Touch me now/ You take my hand/ You trust me now/ You understand," is an invitation to a partner or a friend to join the journey of self-discovery, to explore what life can offer at its fullest.


Line by Line Meaning

Hey what's the big deal?
Why are we making a fuss over nothing?


Tell me how to feel?
Give me guidance on how I should react to this situation.


I know where we boomeranged and fell from grace
I am aware of our past mistakes and how they led to our downfall.


Point me to the stars I'm up for the chase
I am ready and willing to pursue my dreams and aspirations.


I know where we fell on our face
I remember the failures we've experienced in the past.


Jump with me
Come along with me on this journey.


You jump with me
I need your support and encouragement to succeed.


Hey, what's the big deal?
Why are we overthinking this?


I'm an animal
I am primal and instinctual.


I don't want to boomerang
I don't want to repeat my past mistakes.


I don't want to cannonball
I don't want to be reckless and impulsive.


I'm not angling
I'm not trying to manipulate anyone for my own benefit.


I don't want to fall
I don't want to fail again.


Tell me I'm the anchor of my own ascension
Reassure me that I have control over my own personal growth and success.


Tell me I'm a tourist in the fourth dimension?
Encourage me to explore new perspectives and ways of thinking beyond the traditional norms.


Work it out
Let's figure this out together.


I am vibrating at the speed of light
I am full of energy and enthusiasm.


Take my hand, we'll wind up the night
Let's make the most of our time together.


Spin me, win me, lift me, kiss me
Let's enjoy each other's company and have a good time.


Trip me, cuss me, bend me, trust me
Even when things get rough, trust that our bond won't break.


Touch me now
Connect with me on a deeper level.


You take my hand
I trust you to lead me forward.


You trust me now
You have faith in my abilities and decisions.


You understand
You see things from my perspective and empathize with me.


So what's the big deal?
Why do we need to make things more complicated than they are?


I'm an animal
I am fierce and bold.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Michael Stipe, Mike Mills, Peter Buck, Michael Mills

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@AriWilde

Hey what's the big deal? 
Tell me how to feel? 
I know where we boomeranged and fell from grace. 
Point me to the stars I'm up for the chase. 
I know where we fell on our face. 
Jump with me. 
You jump with me. 

Hey, what's the big deal- 
I'm an animal. 
(The answer landed on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(The future and the truth, on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(It's calling me to work it out.) [x2]

(Whoa) 

I don't wanna boomerang. 
I don't wanna cannonball. 
I'm not angling. 
I don't want to fall. 
Tell me I'm the anchor of my own ascension. 
Tell me I'm a tourist in the 4th dimension? 

Hey, what's the big deal- 
I'm an animal. 
(The answer landed on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(The future and the truth, on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(It's calling me to work it out.) 

(Whoa) 

work it out. 

I am vibrating at the speed of light. 
Take my hand, we'll wind up the night. 
Spin me, win me, lift me, kiss me. 
Trip me, trust me, cuss me, judge me. 
touch me now. 
you take my hand. 
you trust me now 
you understand. 

Hey, what's the big deal- 
I'm an animal. 
(The answer landed on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(The future and the truth, on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(It's calling me to work it out.)

(Whoa) 

I am vibrating at the speed of light.



All comments from YouTube:

@norekfamily

Totally underrated R.E.M. track!!

@flyingtruck5301

I've been thinking about it.

@marialabudova7214

So many memories connected to this song....great summer in Boston,I listen to it every single day after work before going out in the evening....❤️

@whitepeach89

Such a powerful song and video. Each time I see this I get the same chill I got the first time I saw it. Thank you for uploading.

@jxnestrings

Listening to this song makes me want to stop worrying about my various sources of stress, after all, I'm just an animal.

@caylatelford4205

I have no clue what the lyrics are but this song is amazing! I love the rithem and the music alone is magical. Add the city night look and you have a recipe for a great video. I”m fourteen and I can proudly say REM, YOU ARE MY FAVOURITE BAND.

@s1i1c1

AMO A R.E.M SON LO MEJOR.

@tectonicD

I think a bunch of us feel like something is missing since they broke up. I looked forward to a new album coming out every year for almost 30 years

@veravera-oz5tn

Such a great band, such a handsome man, can't stop listening to this song.

@AriWilde

Hey what's the big deal? 
Tell me how to feel? 
I know where we boomeranged and fell from grace. 
Point me to the stars I'm up for the chase. 
I know where we fell on our face. 
Jump with me. 
You jump with me. 

Hey, what's the big deal- 
I'm an animal. 
(The answer landed on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(The future and the truth, on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(It's calling me to work it out.) [x2]

(Whoa) 

I don't wanna boomerang. 
I don't wanna cannonball. 
I'm not angling. 
I don't want to fall. 
Tell me I'm the anchor of my own ascension. 
Tell me I'm a tourist in the 4th dimension? 

Hey, what's the big deal- 
I'm an animal. 
(The answer landed on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(The future and the truth, on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(It's calling me to work it out.) 

(Whoa) 

work it out. 

I am vibrating at the speed of light. 
Take my hand, we'll wind up the night. 
Spin me, win me, lift me, kiss me. 
Trip me, trust me, cuss me, judge me. 
touch me now. 
you take my hand. 
you trust me now 
you understand. 

Hey, what's the big deal- 
I'm an animal. 
(The answer landed on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(The future and the truth, on my rooftop. Whoa.) 
I'm an animal. 
(It's calling me to work it out.)

(Whoa) 

I am vibrating at the speed of light.

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