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“Stand” is a song by R.E.M. released as the second single from the album Green in 1989. The song quickly rose up the charts, peaking at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming R.E.M.‘s second top 10 hit in the United States. The song reached #48 on the UK Singles Charts. The song reached #16 in Canada. The lyrics speak of finding direction in one’s life (“Think about direction / Wonder why you haven’t before”), and of doing more than only contemplating change or wishing for it (“If wishes were trees / The trees would be falling”). Michael Stipe has said of the song’s origin that he and the other band members were discussing The Banana Splits, The Archies, The Monkees, and similar ’60s pop groups. “They threw these super bubblegummy songs at me, and I said,... Read on...

Song lines: ♪ Wonder why you haven't before ... Think about the place where you live ... Think about direction

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More songs by R.E.M. (See Charts): How The West Was Won And Where It Got Us, Radio Song, Talk About The Passion, Star Me Kitten, Let Me In, I'll Take The Rain, Wolves, Lower, The One I Love, Pretty Persuasion, and So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry).

Popular in Alternative Rock (See Charts): Paranoid Android, Under The Bridge, Clocks, Yellow, Fix You, Californication, What I've Done, Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, Viva La Vida, and Times Like These.


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