Drive
R.E.M. Lyrics


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Smack, crack, bushwhacked
Tie another one to your racks, baby
Hey kids, rock and roll
Nobody tells you where to go, baby

What if I ride, what if you walk?
What if you rock around the clock?
Tick-tock, tick-tock
What if you did, what if you walk?
What if you tried to get off, baby?

Hey, kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do, baby
Hey kids, shake a leg
Maybe you're crazy in the head, baby

Maybe you did, maybe you walked
Maybe you rocked around the clock
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Maybe I ride, maybe you walk
Maybe I drive to get off, baby

Hey kids, shake a leg
Maybe you're crazy in the head, baby
Ollie, Ollie, Ollie, Ollie, Ollie
Ollie, Ollie in come free, baby
Hey, kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do, baby

Smack, crack, shack-a-lack
Tie another one to your backs, baby
Hey kids, rock and roll
Nobody tells you where to go, baby

Maybe you did, maybe you walk
Maybe you rock around the clock
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Maybe I ride, maybe you walk
Maybe I drive to get off, baby

Hey kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do, baby
Hey kids, rock and roll
Nobody tells you where to go, baby




Baby
Baby

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of R.E.M.'s song "Drive" seem to be about breaking free from societal expectations and living life on your own terms. The lines "nobody tells you where to go" and "nobody tells you what to do" suggest a desire for independence and autonomy. The repeated phrase "maybe I ride, maybe you walk, maybe I drive to get off" emphasizes the idea of taking control and making choices for oneself. The use of the phrase "rock and roll" throughout the song can be seen as a symbol of rebellion against convention.


The verses of the song consist of short bursts of phrase, almost like stream of consciousness thoughts. The lines "smack, crack, bushwhacked, tie another one to your racks, baby" have been interpreted as references to drug use or addiction, while the line "maybe you're crazy in the head, baby" seems to suggest a willingness to embrace one's own madness.


Overall, "Drive" can be seen as a call to reject the rules and expectations of society and live life boldly and unconventionally.


Line by Line Meaning

Smack, crack, bushwhacked
Life can hit you hard and unexpectedly.


Tie another one to your racks, baby
Keep on going and don't give up.


Hey kids, rock and roll
Life is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest.


Nobody tells you where to go, baby
You are responsible for your own choices in life.


What if I ride, what if you walk?
We all have different ways of approaching life and its challenges.


What if you rock around the clock?
What if you give it your all and never stop, no matter what?


Tick-tock, tick-tock
Time is always moving forward, and we must make the most of it.


What if you did, what if you walk?
What if you took a different path and did things your own way?


What if you tried to get off, baby?
What if you wanted to escape the challenges of life and find a better way?


Hey, kids, where are you?
Are you aware of what's going on around you and within yourself?


Nobody tells you what to do, baby
You have the freedom to make your own choices and live your own life.


Hey kids, shake a leg
Don't be afraid to take action and pursue your dreams.


Maybe you're crazy in the head, baby
Perhaps society doesn't understand or appreciate your unique perspective.


Maybe you did, maybe you walked
You've taken risks and made choices that others may not understand.


Maybe you rocked around the clock
You've given your all and put in the hard work to achieve your goals.


Maybe I ride, maybe you walk
We all have different paths and speeds at which we move through life.


Maybe I drive to get off, baby
Perhaps your journey through life involves finding a way to escape or move on from past challenges.


Ollie, Ollie, Ollie, Ollie, Ollie
An expression used in hide-and-seek to let others know it's time to come out of hiding and be found.


Ollie, Ollie in come free, baby
It's time to be open and vulnerable, and let others see your true self.


Baby
A term of endearment or affection.




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

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[Verse 1]
Smack, crack, bushwhacked
Tie another one to the racks, baby
Hey kids, rock and roll
Nobody tells you where to go, baby

[Chorus]
What if I ride, what if you walk?
What if you rock around the clock?
Tick-tock, tick-tock
What if you did, what if you walk?
What if you tried to get off, baby?

[Verse 2]
Hey, kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do, baby
Hey kids, shake a leg
Maybe you're crazy in the head, baby

[Chorus]
Maybe you did, maybe you walked
Maybe you rocked around the clock
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Maybe I ride, maybe you walk
Maybe I drive to get off, baby

[Bridge]
Hey kids, shake a leg
Maybe you're crazy in the head, baby
Ollie, Ollie, Ollie, Ollie, Ollie
Ollie, Ollie in come free, baby
Hey, kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do, baby

[Verse 3]
Smack, crack, shack-a-lack
Tie another one to your backs, baby
Hey kids, rock and roll
Nobody tells you where to go, baby

[Chorus]
Maybe you did, maybe you walk
Maybe you rock around the clock
Tick-tock, tick-tock
Maybe I ride, maybe you walk
Maybe I drive to get off, baby

[Outro]
Hey kids, where are you?
Nobody tells you what to do, baby
Hey kids, rock and roll
Nobody tells you where to go, baby
Baby
Baby



All comments from YouTube:

@Michele1ELL

My boyfriend , my soul mate, passed away 6 months ago unbelievably suddenly. It’s insane that someone can walk out the door one morning, and you’ll never see them again. He loved this song. He had eclectic music taste and played R.E.M. a lot. He loved this song. My favorite memories are of him and I sitting and listening to music and talking. I don’t myself connecting with many people to be honest. He and I could talk about anything for hours, even after 13 years together. This is the first time I’ve listened to this song since it happened.

@_hrlt

😭 He had great taste. 🤗

@ek-eq1ox

I'm sorry. Listen to everything he loved. You will find him there.
Wishing you peace.

@mariekepc

I am sorry for your loss....

@patricia37011

I just got a sad mssg from my girlfriend who's husband passed away few days ago and he was a motorcyclist. I send him a few mtnhs ago Drive of R.E.M and I am goning to play it again and again.for Robin and my girlfriend.Just realize that he doesnot even know that England won!! I am Dutcch so I go for UK now rest of EK. Strength for you and your loss Mich

@_hrlt

@@patricia37011 😭

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@heiketheiss7738

Who is listening 2024 👍 All the best from Germany 🙏💕

@kellygonzalez1437

Me

@adrianaesem

Listening ❤ 🇵🇱 ❤

@heiketheiss7738

@@adrianaesem 👍😘

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