What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

Dan Rather, my hero, but lately revealed to be a buffoon, is retiring.

Now playing: R.E.M. – What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?

“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

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…

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