Radio Free Europe
R.E.M. Lyrics


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Beside yourself if radio's gonna stay
Reason, it could polish up the gray
Put that, put that, put that up your wall
That this isn't country at all

Ray beam station, beside yourself

Keep me out of country and the word
Deal the porch is leading us absurd
Push that, push that, push that to the hull
That this isn't nothing at all

Straight off the boat
Where to go?

Calling on in transit
Calling on in transit
Radio Free Europe
Radio

Beside defying media too fast
Instead of pushin' palaces to fall
Put that, put that, put that before all
That this isn't fortunate at all

Ray beam station, beside yourself

Calling on in transit
Calling on in transit
Radio Free Europe
Radio

Decide yourself
Calling on a boat
Media's too fast

Keep me out of country and the word
Disappointers into us, absurd

Straight off the boat
Where to go?

Calling on in transit
Calling on in transit
Radio Free Europe
Radio Free Europe

Calling on in transit
Calling on in transit




Radio Free Europe
Radio Free Europe

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe" are somewhat cryptic, but seem to be about the power of radio to help people break free from oppressive conditions. The song talks about a "ray beam station" that is "beside yourself," suggesting that the singer is overwhelmed by the power and potential of radio. They argue that radio can "polish up the gray," or help to make things clearer and more understandable for people, and can help people realize that "this isn't country at all." The song also discusses the dangers of too much media too fast, saying that it can lead to absurdity and disappointment.


The repeated phrase "calling on in transit" seems to suggest that the singer is trying to communicate with someone through radio, perhaps to share their message of hope and freedom. The song ends with repetitions of "Radio Free Europe," which seems to be a call to arms for people to use radio as a way of breaking free from oppression and finding their own way.


Line by Line Meaning

Beside yourself if radio's gonna stay
If radio isn't going anywhere, you'll be extremely upset


Reason, it could polish up the gray
Radio has the power to make a dull existence more vibrant


Put that, put that, put that up your wall
Hang a poster or decoration, the song suggests


That this isn't country at all
The song is definitely not country music


Ray beam station, beside yourself
The radio station is like a lighthouse to lost souls


Keep me out of country and the word
Don't let the country-folk and their culture influence me


Deal the porch is leading us absurd
The porch or the southern-style culture is making us ridiculous


Push that, push that, push that to the hull
Load the boat (or radio) with this message


That this isn't nothing at all
This something- the song- is significant


Straight off the boat
The singer just arrived


Where to go?
Now that he has landed, where should he head?


Calling on in transit
Urgent communication required, while traveling


Radio Free Europe
The identities of the singers and their stories cross borders with this radio broadcast


Decide yourself
Make your own choices; don't let others influence you


Media's too fast
The news travels at the speed of light, and it's hard to keep pace


Disappointers into us, absurd
The mindless advertising and propaganda make us foolish


Radio Free Europe
The song recommends tuning into Radio Free Europe


Radio Free Europe
The song recommends tuning into Radio Free Europe




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

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@brodymc27

**Lyrics**

Beside yourself if radio's gonna stay
Reason: it could polish up the gray
Put that, put that, put that up your wall
That this isn't country at all
Raving station, beside yourself
Keep me out of country and the word
Deal the porch is leading us absurd
Push that, push that, push that to the hull
That this isn't nothing at all
Straight off the boat
Where to go?
Calling on in transit
Calling on in transit
Radio Free Europe
Radio
Beside defying' media too fast
Instead of pushin' palaces to fall
Put that, put that, put that before all
That this isn't fortunate at all
Raving station, beside yourself
Calling on in transit
Calling on in transit
Radio Free Europe
Radio
Decide…
Your welcome



All comments from YouTube:

@xoxxobob

REM is one of America's finest Rock bands ever!

@541967

+xoxxobob
I'm not sure who REM were but there was a quartet by the name of R.E.M. who were exceptional throughout the 80's and early 90's.

@brianmolloy9865

Absolutely

@royal1investments

Funny how I have seen this exact comment on hundreds of other bands videos as well. Must be that there are just that many great bands from U.S.

@mrtrashcompaktor1540

@@royal1investments most were globalist boomer psy-ops......

@sexobscura

you neglect BON JOVI

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@jonnyedge7094

On my first flight to America, when I looked out of the window and saw America below me for the first time this song was playing. It was a powerful moment.

@sumnerwaite6390

Jonny Edge music is good like that! MAGA

@kevinmatthews2270

Cool! If only we could radio free the world...

@jayjohnson947

Greatest country on earth

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