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Day 419: Man in the Moon, REM

This is a great little song by REM. I remember when it came out I was working as a PhD student at the University of Manchester. I have a very distinct memory of doing tissue culture work with another scientist Juliet while this song was blaring out of the radio. The lyrics to this song are also quite fascinating:

Now, Andy, did you hear about this one?
Tell me, are you locked in the punch?
Andy, are you goofing on Elvis? Hey, baby
Are we losing touch?

Say what? Also the line “hey baby are we losing touch” sounds like it is sung by the late great Roy Orbison

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