Monty Got A Raw Deal
R.E.M. Lyrics


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Monty, this seems strange to me
The movies had that movie thing
But nonsense has a welcome ring
And heroes don't come easy

Now nonsense isn't new to me
I know my head, I know my feet
But mischief knocked me in the knees
Said, "just let go, just let go"

I saw the ocean meet the man
I saw you buried in the sand
A friend was there to hold your hand
Said, "walk on by"

So, I went walking through the street
I saw you strung up in a tree
A woman knelt there said to me
Said, "hold your tongue, hold your tongue"

You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy (waste your breath)
Don't you waste your breath (waste your breath)
For the silver screen

That nonsense doesn't mean a thing
They tried to bust you in a sting
But virtue isn't everything
So, don't waste time

Now, here's a rhyme that you can steal
Put this on your reel to reel
Mischief threw a rotten deal
Monty's laying low, man
He is laying low
Just let go
Just let go

You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy (waste your breath)




Don't you waste your breath (waste your breath)
Monty, this seems strange to me

Overall Meaning

The lyrics in R.E.M.'s song Monty Got A Raw Deal touch on themes of disillusionment, betrayal, and loss. The first verse sets the tone for the song with a sense of confusion and disappointment. Monty - who is likely a representation of a fallen hero or a once-great actor - has been dealt an unfair hand, as suggested by the title. However, the singer acknowledges that nonsense can be comforting and that heroes aren't always easy to come by. The second verse hints at personal experience with mischief and betrayals, leaving irreparable damage in its wake. The chorus reinforces the message that Monty doesn't want or need any sympathy because it won't change anything. The final verse leaves the listener with a sense of hopelessness as even virtues don't always win in the end. The concluding lines suggest that Monty has given up and is no longer fighting against the raw deal he's been dealt.


Overall, Monty Got A Raw Deal is a song that explores the complexities of life and the difficulties of accepting unfair and undeserved disappointments. The lyrics suggest that even when we lose, we can still find comfort in nonsensical things but ultimately, it may not be enough to make things right.


Line by Line Meaning

Monty, this seems strange to me
The situation with Monty is perplexing to me.


The movies had that movie thing
Movies are predictable and lack novelty.


But nonsense has a welcome ring
Absurdity is appealing and refreshing to the singer.


And heroes don't come easy
It is difficult to find true heroes.


Now nonsense isn't new to me
The artist is familiar with illogical and absurd things.


I know my head, I know my feet
The singer is grounded and aware of their surroundings.


But mischief knocked me in the knees
The singer was caught off guard by mischievous behavior.


Said, "just let go, just let go"
Mischief encouraged the artist to let go of their preconceived notions and embrace absurdity.


I saw the ocean meet the man
The artist witnessed the natural world interacting with humanity.


I saw you buried in the sand
The artist saw someone weighed down by their circumstances.


A friend was there to hold your hand
Someone was there to offer support to the person in distress.


Said, "walk on by"
The support offered was not to linger on the problem, but to keep moving forward.


So, I went walking through the street
The singer continued on their journey through life.


I saw you strung up in a tree
The singer saw someone experiencing hardship and feeling trapped.


A woman knelt there said to me
A woman nearby spoke to the singer.


Said, "hold your tongue, hold your tongue"
The woman asked the artist to refrain from speaking about the situation.


You don't owe me anything
The artist wants nothing in return for their help or support.


You don't want this sympathy (waste your breath)
The singer recognizes that sympathy may not be helpful or desired by the person in need.


Don't you waste your breath (waste your breath)
The singer advises against wasting efforts on something unproductive.


For the silver screen
The artist dismisses the notion that the situation would make a good movie.


That nonsense doesn't mean a thing
Absurdity does not hold any true meaning or significance.


They tried to bust you in a sting
Someone attempted to trick or trap the person in distress.


But virtue isn't everything
Being virtuous does not always protect one from hardship.


So, don't waste time
The artist urges the person in distress to take action and not waste time on unnecessary worries or concerns.


Now, here's a rhyme that you can steal
The singer offers something creative that the person in distress can use for their own purposes.


Put this on your reel to reel
The singer suggests that the person in distress incorporate the creative offering into their own work or life.


Mischief threw a rotten deal
Mischievous behavior resulted in an unfair and difficult situation for the person in distress.


Monty's laying low, man
Monty is keeping a low profile due to their difficult circumstances.


He is laying low
Monty is deliberately avoiding notice or attention.


Just let go
The singer reiterates their advice to embrace absurdity and not hold onto preconceived notions or concerns.




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Written by: Billy Berry, Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe

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Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Monty, this seems strange to me
The movies had that movie thing
But nonsense has a welcome ring
And heroes don't come easily
Now, nonsense isn't new to me
I know my head, I know my feet
But mischief knocked me in the knees
So, just let go
Just let go
I saw the ocean meet the man
I saw you buried in the sand
A friend was there to hold your hand
Said, walk on by
So, I went walking through the street
I saw you strung up in a tree
A woman knelt there said to me
Said, hold your tongue
Hold your tongue

[Chorus]
You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy
(Waste your breath)
Don't you waste your breath
(Waste your breath)
For the silver screen

[Verse 2]
That nonsense doesn't mean a thing
They tried to bust you in a sting
But virtue isn't everything
So, don't waste time
Now, here's a rhyme that you can steal
Put this on your reel to reel
Mischief threw a rotten deal
Monty's laying low
He is laying low
Just let go
Just let go

[Chorus]
You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy
(Waste your breath)
Don't you waste your breath
(Waste your breath)
Monty, this seems strange to me



@thalesalexandre4463

Monty, this seems strange to me
The movies had that movie thing
But nonsense has a welcome ring
And heroes don't come easy

Now nonsense isn't new to me
I know my head, I know my feet
But mischief knocked me in the knees
Said, "just let go, just let go"

I saw the ocean meet the man
I saw you buried in the sand
A friend was there to hold your hand
Said, "walk on by"

So, I went walking through the street
I saw you strung up in a tree
A woman knelt there said to me
Said, "hold your tongue, hold your tongue"

You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy (waste your breath)
Don't you waste your breath (waste your breath)
For the silver screen

That nonsense doesn't mean a thing
They tried to bust you in a sting
But virtue isn't everything
So, don't waste time

Now, here's a rhyme that you can steal
Put this on your reel to reel
Mischief threw a rotten deal
Monty's laying low, man
He is laying low
Just let go
Just let go

You don't owe me anything
You don't want this sympathy (waste your breath)
Don't you waste your breath (waste your breath)
Monty, this seems strange to me



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@father042

One of the most underrated REM tracks

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Absolutely. X

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My favorite 😂

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One of the most underrated bands.

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Being underrated is the most overrated comment, but i know what you mean

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"Automatic for the People" is one of REM's best albums ever. A lot of great songs.

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Not just one of their best. It's their Magnum Opus

@pazuzu3933

Love this song,probably my fave off the album.

@MaidNoMore

My favorite from the album. Monty lives!

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