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Feeling Gravity’s Pull

R.E.M. — 1980 to 2011

now you’ve worked it out
and you see it all


For Teddy

Those of us with Irish blood often let music speak for us….

“Losing My Religion” by R.E.M.

[INTRO]
|F . . . | . Dm G . | Am . Am/B . | Am/C . Am/D Am|
|F . . . | . Dm G . | Am . . . |

[VERSE 1]
G Am
Oh, life is bigger
Em
It’s bigger than you
Am
And you are not me.
Em
The lengths that I will go to,
Am
The distance in your eyes,
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I set it up.

[CHORUS]
Am
That’s me in the corner,
Em
That’s me in the spotlight
Am
Losing my religion.
Em
Trying to keep up with you.
Am
And I don’t know if I can do it.
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I haven’t said enough.

[BRIDGE]
G F
I thought that I heard you laughing,
Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D
I thought that I heard you sing.
Am F F Dm G Am
I think I thought I saw you try.

[VERSE 2]
G Am Em
Every Whisper of every waking hour
Am
I’m choosing my confessions,
Em
Trying to keep an eye of you
Am
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool, fool
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I set it up.

[VERSE 3]
Am
Consider this, consider this,
Em
The hint of a century,
Am
Consider this: the slip
Em
That brought me to my knees failed.
Am
What if all these fantasies
Em
Come flailing around?
Dm G
Now I’ve said too much.

[BRIDGE]
G F
I thought that I heard you laughing,
Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D
I thought that I heard you sing.
Am F F Dm G Am G
I think I thought I saw you try.

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Mandolin fill:

Am G
e| -12-12-12-10-10-10-10-10- 8- 8- 8- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- |
B| ————————————————- |
G| ————————————————- |
D| ————————————————- |

F G
e| -12-12-12-10-10-10-10-10- 8- 8- 8- 5- 5- 5- 5- 5- |
B| ————————————————- |
G| ————————————————- |
D| ————————————————- |

C D
But that was just a dream,
C D
That was just a dream.

[CHORUS]
Am
That’s me in the corner,
Em
That’s me in the spotlight
Am
Losing my religion.
Em
Trying to keep up with you.
Am
And I don’t know if I can do it.
Em Dm
Oh no, I’ve said too much,
G
I haven’t said enough.

[BRIDGE]
G F
I thought that I heard you laughing,
Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D
I thought that I heard you sing.
Am F F Dm G Am Am/B Am/C Am/D Am
I think I thought I saw you try.
F Dm G
But that was just a dream,
Am Am/B Am/C Am/D Am
Try, cry, why, try.
F Dm G Am G
That was just a dream, just a dream, just a dream, dream.


For a friend…

…actually, this is appropriate for a number of friends. As Dan Rather used say as he firmly put on his tinfoil hat: “Courage.”