R.E.M. What's the Frequency, Kenneth? [Live on S.N.L. New York, NY/ 11/12/1994 cover

What's the Frequency, Kenneth? [Live on S.N.L. New York, NY/ 11/12/1994
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What's the Frequency, Kenneth? [Live on S.N.L. New York, NY/ 11/12/1994 Lyrics

Song Meaning
Verse 1
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
I was brain-dead, locked out, numb, not up to speed
I thought I'd pegged you an idiot's dream
Tunnel vision from the outsider's screen
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh
Verse 2
I'd studied your cartoons, radio, music, TV, movies, magazines
Richard said, "Withdrawal in disgust is not the same as apathy"
A smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
Verse 3
"What's the frequency, Kenneth?" is your Benzedrine, uh-huh
Butterfly decal, rear view mirror, dogging the scene
You smile like the cartoon, tooth for a tooth
You said that irony was the shackles of youth
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I never understood the frequency, uh-huh
You wore our expectations like an armored suit, uh-huh
I couldn't understand
You said that irony was the shackles of youth, uh-huh
I couldn't understand
You wore a shirt of violent green, uh-huh
I couldn't understand
I never understood, don't fuck with me, uh-huh

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