Orange Crush

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Orange Crush is a song by the famous death metal band R.E.M. (short for "Raging Eternal Miasma"). While the song was a huge hit, many people failed to recognize the true meaning that the band later stated in an interview, instead believing that the song was describing some fictional chemical called Agent Orange or something.

The Song Meaning[edit]

The following lyrics are the first part of the chorus:

Follow me, don’t follow me
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush
Collar me, don’t collar me
I’ve got my spine, I’ve got my orange crush

Crush-A film starring two horses and the lead singer from counting crows. A man wearing a bird mask and having sex with several hot women is also featured. Throughout the film, women are banged in strange, creepy-ass locations by men with non porn star length peni. Despite the poor decision to get this film when others such as, Pirates, and the Penetrator were possibilities, the sound track is amazing. The music can be likened to Daft Punk fucking any of the Saw movies. The best scene in the film is on the "extras" selection and it essentially is a large dude fucking a woman, pretty standard shit if you ask me. In conclusion, Crush is something we should all watch to learn and grow from. It teaches us values and lessons that are applicable to humanity, such as, dont get fucked by the lead singer of the counting crows...

Clearly, this is a description of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder). Note the line Follow me, don't follow me sounds like a typical example of OCD "cancellation" in which the obsessively-compulsed will say something out of habit and then feel the need to "cancel" it. Like all obsessive-compulsive habits, the actions and words themselves don't actually make sense and we can only assume that the "follow me" statement was developed and evolved from some point where it was a slightly relevant obsessive-compulsive reaction to a stress-inducing situation. Perhaps he was being chased by rabid bunnies? Or maybe rabid bunnies with AK-47s? Or maybe he just forgot to do a project at school and started freaking out. Like I said, OCD doesn't generally make sense.

Now take a look at the next line. I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush is also OCD related. It is clearly a prime example of a checking habit, where the obsessive-compulsed will constantly feel like they are missing something and will run through a list of items in their head in order to prove to themselves that they have everything. In an interview, lead singer Michael Stipe stated:

“The line was originally going to be I've got my spine, I've got my orange crush, and my jacket, and my bag, and my gloves, and my wallet, and my hat, and I locked the door, and my glasses, and my keys but that kinda messed up the whole beat, so we shortened it. There was a time back in '86 when I was scared that my spine might accidentally be ripped out if it got snagged on something so I would constantly check to make sure it was still there. It wasn't unlike the time I kept making sure my heart was still beating.”

Michael Stipe on Orange Crush

The Public Reaction[edit]

The song, although rarely interpreted correctly, became very popular. Many people liked the sound and the fact that the lyrics made no sense, unless you knew what you were talking about. Some people pretended to know what they were talking about and made false claims that the song was describing Agent Orange and others said it was paying homage to the delectable soft drink loved by millions. Others thought that R.E.M. was describing how they anthropomorphized the color orange in a sexual fashion. Very few people recognized it's OCD connotations. However, anyone with an ounce of brainpower should have realized that REM is a 3 letter acronym indirectly referencing the mind, and OCD is a 3 letter acronym indirectly referencing the mind as well. That alone gives it away. Duh. Idiots.

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