Song of the Day #3,508: ‘Electron Blue’ – R.E.M.

Today’s Random Weekend SOTD, ‘Electron Blue,’ is one of the best songs on R.E.M.’s worst album, 204’s Around the Sun. It’s the album’s second track and third single.

‘Electron Blue’ is lead singer Michael Stipe’s favorite track from this album, and one of his favorite R.E.M. songs, period. I like it well enough, and agree that it’s a highlight of an otherwise unforgettable album, but I’m sorry, this doesn’t stand up to the best of R.E.M., not even close.

[Verse 1]
You’re on your ear, the ocean’s near
The light has started to fade
Your high is timed, you found the climb
It’s hard to focus on more than what’s in front of you
Electron Blue
Adventure rings with a page and
When it dawns on you
It singes blue
Your buzz beginning to wane

[Chorus]
Adventure has laid its claim on you
It’s all you want to do
You
You know where to run
You run Electron Blue

[Verse 2]
And who am I?
I’m just a guy
I’ve got a story like everyone
But in your eyes
You looked surprised
And didn’t know where to run
I looked to her
She’s found the cure
Her future’s already begun

[Chorus]
Tomorrow’s gaining speed on you
It’s all you want to do
You
You know where to run
You run Electron Blue
You
You know where to run
You run electron blue

[Verse 3]
So bide your time
You’ll feel the climb
Your high it builds like a lightning storm
It sings like pearls
You know that girl
And no one is any the wiser
So as if on cue
Electron Blue

[Chorus]

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,508: ‘Electron Blue’ – R.E.M.

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Decent song, but I agree it doesn’t hold a candle to their earlier work.

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