Orange Crush
R.E.M. Lyrics


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(Follow me, don't follow me)
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
(Collar me, don't collar me)
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I've had my fun and now it's time
To serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me

(Follow me, don't follow me)
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
(Collar me, don't collar me)
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I've had my fun and now it's time
To serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me

(Follow me, don't follow me)
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
(Collar me, don't collar me)
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
(We are agents of the free)
I've had my fun and now it's time




To serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me

Overall Meaning

The song "Orange Crush" by R.E.M. was first released in 1988 and has been interpreted in various ways ever since. However, the band has explained that the song is an anti-war anthem that specifically criticizes the Vietnam War. The chorus, "Follow me, don't follow me, I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush" is a reference to government propaganda where soldiers are encouraged to follow their leaders or risk being seen as unpatriotic. The "orange crush" is a reference to the herbicide, Agent Orange, which was used by the US military to defoliate the jungle in Vietnam, despite its long term health and environmental impact.


The next two lines, "Collar me, don't collar me, I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush" further emphasizes the idea of soldiers and men being treated like animals, referred to as "collars". The song talks about how they have been given orders and now it's time to serve their conscience overseas. The line "coming in fast, over me" suggests that the war is closing in on the soldiers and they are being overwhelmed by their duty.


The song ultimately ends with a repeating of the opening lines of the chorus, reiterating the band's message. R.E.M. wanted to express their opposition to the Vietnam War and encourage others to do the same. The idea of blindly following orders and the horrors of war are still relevant themes even today.


Line by Line Meaning

(Follow me, don't follow me)
I'm not sure if you should listen to my words and follow my lead or not, so it's up to you to decide.


I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
I have a strong backbone and a powerful passion for what I believe in.


(Collar me, don't collar me)
I don't want to be controlled or restrained, but at the same time, I don't want to be ignored either.


(We are agents of the free)
We are advocates for freedom and individuality.


I've had my fun and now it's time
I've enjoyed myself in the past, but now it's time for me to take action and do something meaningful.


To serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)
I want to do something important for my country or my beliefs, even if it means putting my own desires and safety aside.


Coming in fast, over me
I'm ready to take on this challenge with energy and determination.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: William Thomas Berry, Peter Lawrence Buck, Michael E. Mills, John Michael Stipe

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@australopytekus02

Follow me, don't follow me
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
Collar me, don't collar me
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
We are agents of the free
I've had my fun and now its time to
Serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me

OOh (x2)

Follow me, don't follow me
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
Collar me, don't collar me
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
We are agents of the free
I've had my fun and now its time to
Serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me

High on the roof
Thin the blood
Another one came on the waves tonight
Comin' in, you're home

We'd circle and we'd circle and
we'd circle to stop and consider and
Centered on the pavement
Stacked up all the trucks jacked up and
Our wheels in slush and orange crush
in pocket and all this here county
Hell any county it's just like heaven here and
I was remembering and I
Was just in a different county and all then this whirlybird that I
Headed for I had my goggles pulled off
I knew it all I knew every back
Road and every truck stop

Follow me, don't follow me
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
Collar me, don't collar me
I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush
We are agents of the free
I've had my fun and now its time to
Serve your conscience overseas (over me, not over me)
Coming in fast, over me

High on the roof
Thin the blood
Another one came on the waves tonight
Comin' in, you're home

High on the roof
Thin the blood
Another one came on the waves tonight
Comin' in, you're home



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@AJandWrmyinitials

Mike Mills and Michael Stipe on backing vocals is one of the most sublime things in music history

@davidsherrick898

If you don't recognize REM... they were brilliant!

@Scaglieri102

Underrated? I'm not sure what you're talking about.

@tobyadkins591

The guitar riff for this song is absolutely class in a glass. The bass is choice too. Such an underrated band in the grand history of rock and roll

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