Beat a Drum

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R.E.M.

R.E.M. was an American rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry. One of the first popular alternative rock bands, R.E.M. gained early attention due to Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe's unclear vocals. R.E.M. released its first single, "Radio Free Europe", in 1981 on the independent record label Hib-Tone. The single was followed by the Chronic Town EP in 1982, the band's first release on I.R.S. Records. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur, and built its reputation over the next few years through subsequent releases, constant touring, and the support of college radio. Following years of underground success, R.E.M… more »


Year:
2001
4:20
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The sun reflected in the back of my eye 
I knocked my head against the sky 

The dragonflies are busy buzzing me 
Seahorses if we were in the sea 

Halfway from coal, halfway to diamond. 
My fall knocked a mean chip out of me. 

I'm gathering as far as I can reach 
We're perched up on the precipice 
And this is what I've seen 

This is all I want it's all I need 
This is all I am it's everything 
This is all I want it's all I need. 

A Blue Jay hectors from the felled catalpa tree 
Doctorate in science and a theologian's 
Dream 

The dragonflies are trying to lecture me 
Seahorses if we were in the sea 

This is all I want it's all I need 
This is all I am it's everything 
This is all I want it's all I need. 

Beat a drum for me, like a butterfly wing 
Tropical storm across the ocean 

But don't explain, I'm sure I'll want to know. 
But don't forget, we're just halfway from coal 

This is all I want it's all I need 
This is all I am it's everything 
This is all I want it's all I need.

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Written by: Peter Buck, Michael Mills, Michael Stipe

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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