...aluminium,tastes like fear,adrenaline,pulls us near...

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I love E-bow the letter and i am wondering about the meaning of it. That song makes me feel a lot of "emotions" e when i listen to it i think a lot...maybe it has been written with the goal to make people feel full of feelings...like when you're writing a letter...maybe he is singing what you can feel writing a letter...uh...dunno!!! ...puuuuuulls us neeear,taaaaaastes liiike feeeear...

-- Jadey (giadariceputi@libero.it), August 18, 2000


It is from an actual letter. Patti Smith helped. That's all I know.

-- Kent Stevens (smashingpete@yahoo.com), August 19, 2000.

I think only Michael himself knows what the hell this song is about. The lyrics are an actual letter that he wrote to Patti Smith, which is why she contributed backing vox to the song.

-- Eddie Yo (Mr_BRETT@angelfire.com), August 20, 2000.

Stipe wrote the letter to patti but never sent it. Apparently he does this quite a lot. It seems a fairly stipey sorta thing to do.

-- mark (MarkStephenBell@hotmail.com), August 21, 2000.

what the song is about and not...well thats really just for us to ponder.But the funny thing is.That aluminium actually do taste like fear.Or well...the other way around. Ok...you are running,from something or someone... You`re scared...whats the taste you get in your mouth? Yup,this Iron weird kinda taste. In other words it is...the taste of fear;aluminium. I remember Stipe saying something like this himself in an interview. I can't recall being all that afraid in the nearest past though The last time I had the taste of aluminium in my mouth was running from a bully in second grade.If I can recall correctly I think his name was John.And he wanted my lunch bow... To be continued... (Look for my new book."My childhood memories", in local book stores near you!)

-- Driver (Driver@i-mail.com.au), August 21, 2000.

God...that was lame.

-- Driver (Driver@i-mail.com.au), August 21, 2000.

awwww.....driver,u try so hard...ur a good chicken.!!!

("good chicken",is a ms stipe saying,and only I get to say who is and who isnt a ggo..or at times bbbaaaad chicken,ok?oh..and only one person is allowed be a good chicken per day)

whats that??? OF CORSE IM NOT ON DRUGS!!!!


-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 21, 2000.

Stipe wore braces right? he could have gotten a hard time of it for wearing them and in turn when he wore them they struck fear into him.

May I also add I am the biggest guesser in the world and what I just wrote is the result of further guessing performed by me for all your viewing pleasue may I also ask can ne1 give me tips on the bass as I'm learning to play it

-- dj lotus nugent (lotus85@another.com), August 22, 2000.

ive played bass 4 nearly five years...but i dont really have any tips.i taught my self to play,and never got lessons...so for all i know,i could be doin it wroung!! ah no,its quite easy to play..ive got nearly all the bass tabs (rem),so if u need any,just e mail me!!

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 22, 2000.

Yep Driver's right:) That's what it's all about. Great song lovvvvvvvvveeeeeee Patti, lovvvvvvvvvveeeeee Michael. They sound purrfecccccccctttt together:P

LOL ms Stipe...good chicken...thats a great one your a funny lady..hehe:) (all though I'd rather be a good chicken then a good egg:P)

Also something I noticed about E-bow the Letter was Michael trying to figure out the whole "fame" thing. And (I think) that Patti was telling Michael the reason for coming back to fame over and over is the aderenlen(sp) that pulls you near and the feeling you get after you've accomplished something so scary. Such A beautiful song:).

-- Lisa (lgrinavic@olg.com), August 22, 2000.

VERY SMART ANSWER!!! lisa is the GOOD CHICKEN for to day!! congrats,lisa..would u like to say a few words??(dont forget to mention our sponsers:KENTUCKY FRIED CHICK....ehh...TURKEY!!)

this is an REM website...jesus,do i sidetrack or WHAT!!

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 22, 2000.

Yay! I'm the good chicken!!!

-- Lisa (lgrinavic@olg.com), August 24, 2000.

hey, no fair! i wanna be a good chicken!

-- jen (not@tellingyou.com), August 24, 2000.

JEN: u are simply in a league of ur own,k?...u can be ..:THE ULTIMATE CHICKEN 2000....or somethin....?!? im trying......!!

-- ms.Stipe (unit@indigo.ie), August 24, 2000.

I wanna be THE ULTIMATE CHICKEN 2000!!!! Hey Michael could be my Ultimate Rooster.....:p


-- Lisa (lgrinavic@olg.com), August 26, 2000.

hey,don't talk to me about chickens. Pigeons are the future baby!!!!!!!

-- Jon Kinsey (eeg@btinternet.com), August 26, 2000.

pigeons?? PIGEONS??.....please!!!!!

-- ms. stipe (my_little_empire_3@yahoo.com), August 26, 2000.

hands off my rooster dammit!

-- jen (not@tellingyou.com), August 27, 2000.

*LOL* Jen :) No problem hon....I get first grabs on him tho. hehe

-- Lisa (lgrinavic@olg.com), August 27, 2000.

hey, being a bad chicken n all.... I'LL PECK YOUR EYES OUT IF YOU LAY A FEATHER ON ME ROOSTER.... phew, i AM a bad chicken, hehe, only jokin' good chicken lisa

-- jen (not@tellingyou.com), August 28, 2000.

I am a Super Stipe Rooster.You can all have a piece of this cock-a - doodle-do.

-- Stippleganger (REM_Rocka@altavista.com), August 28, 2000.

*rolls her eyes, sure stipple, you just keep on dreamin' now...

-- jen (not@tellingyou.com), August 30, 2000.

Pigeons I tell you. My mate was attacked by a pigeon today. Damn near took his eye out......

-- Jonny Rev (eeg@btinternet.com), August 30, 2000.

WHAT HAVE I STARTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- ms. stipe (my_little_empire_3@yahoo.com), August 30, 2000.

"Yeah, And I can tickle Stipey Rooster with my Feather too."

-- Stephanie (stephp@hotpop.com), August 30, 2000.

Hehehe thats so cute Steph ;)

-- Lisa (lgrinavic@olg.com), August 31, 2000.

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