Stand
R.E.M. Lyrics


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Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before

If you are confused, check with the sun
Carry a compass to help you along
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around

So, stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before

Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around
If wishes were trees the trees would be falling
Listen to reason
Season is calling

Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before

If wishes were trees the trees would be falling
Listen to reason
Reason is calling
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around

So stand (stand)
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand (stand)
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't

Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before

Stand in the place where you are (now face north)
Stand in the place where you are (now face west)




Your feet are going to be on the ground (stand in the place where you are)
Your head is there to move you around, so stand

Overall Meaning

The song "Stand" by R.E.M. appears to be a call to action for people to take control of their lives and consider their current situation. The lyrics encourage listeners to stand in the place where they live and work, face north and west respectively, and to think about their direction and why they haven't before. The song seems to be urging people to take a moment to reflect on where they are and where they want to go, and to take action to move in that direction.


The chorus of the song repeats the same instruments with a more uplifting tone, as if to emphasize the importance of taking control of one's life. The line "your feet are going to be on the ground, your head is there to move you around" encourages listeners to ground themselves and use their inner drive to take control of their situation.


The line "if wishes were trees the trees would be falling, listen to reason, season is calling" seems to express a sense of urgency and the need for action. The "season" could be interpreted as a metaphor for the time to change and take action before it's too late.


Overall, the song Stand seems to be a reminder to listeners to take control of their lives, to consider their direction and purpose, and to take action to move towards their goals.


Line by Line Meaning

Stand in the place where you live
Take a moment to appreciate and reflect on your current situation and surroundings


Now face north
Look towards the north direction as a starting point for reflection


Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Consider your life direction and question why this may not have been a priority before


Now stand in the place where you work
Move to the place where you spend time working


Now face west, think about the place where you live
Turn towards the west and contemplate your place of residence


Wonder why you haven't before
Reflect on why you have not thought about these things previously


If you are confused, check with the sun
Use the sun as a guide or point of reference if feeling unsure


Carry a compass to help you along
Use tools to assist in finding direction or clarity


Your feet are going to be on the ground
Remember to stay grounded and connected to reality


Your head is there to move you around
Use your mind and thoughts to navigate through life


If wishes were trees the trees would be falling
Wishing without action or planning is ineffective and meaningless


Listen to reason
Take heed of logic and rational thinking


Season is calling
Time is passing, and change is coming


Stand (stand)
Emphasize the importance of standing up for oneself and taking action


Wonder why you haven't before
Question why previous actions or decisions may not have been aligned with personal values or goals


Stand in the place where you are (now face north)
Reinforce the message to stay grounded and present in the current moment while continuing to look towards the future


Stand in the place where you are (now face west)
Reinforce the message to remain present while also considering one's surroundings and environment




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

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Lyrics

Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before
If you are confused, check with the sun
Carry a compass to help you along
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around
So, stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around
If wishes were trees the trees would be falling
Listen to reason
Season is calling
Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before
If wishes were trees the trees would be falling
Listen to reason
Reason is calling
Your feet are going to be on the ground
Your head is there to move you around
So stand (stand)
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand (stand)
Now face west
Think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't
Stand in the place where you live
Now face north
Think about direction, wonder why you haven't before
Now stand in the place where you work
Now face west, think about the place where you live
Wonder why you haven't before
Stand in the place where you are (now face north)
Stand in the place where you are (now face west)
Your feet are going to be on the ground (stand in the place where you are)
Your head is there to move you around, so stand



All comments from YouTube:

@josephcorridon9314

I will forever respect REM for allowing themselves to get silly every once in a while.

@paullagasse5504

I totally agree some people shit on them for a few songs most notably this one and shiny happy people but who cares you can't always be serious they have alot of serious songs and to have a few silly ones just shows how good they were to be able to create serious songs and sillys

@nateeaton7729

They do like to go off da sploinky and dinkle from time to time

@chrispappaterra3566

They said they hated the video…but it was fun!!!!

@werearethedreamteam3724

Haha they're goofy

@Jim26D

This was a truth song especially the symbolism and other imagery used in the video. It flies over most people's heads

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@vincentgilio

This song is just so positive. It really motivates me to stand up myself and I have got cerebral palsy. Every time it plays in my head, I think to myself "I have to stand up" and not let go of the railing in the bathroom. It's a great song to do my sit to standing exercises from home. It's a great song. And I love it so much. It is my second favourite R.E.M. song behind "Man On The Moon" which is indeed my personal favourite R.E.M. song. This song reminds me of when I was a teenager and I had the ability to walk a little bit more. It's a great song and I personally love it.

@MrDsertzen

its telling you the earth is flat....think about direction and why you havent yet

@SethMacLeod95

I love this comment and God bless you sir. Keep standing and keep fighting!

@curly_wyn

⁠@@MrDsertzen
@SethMacLeod95

idiots

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