HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY
The song is about those times when you just want the ground to swallow you up because you're in a situation or place that you really don't want to be in. And you go into your own little world, and you tell yourself it isn't happening.
This song refers to this kind of moment when one is in a situation that one hates and where one prefers to take refuge in his small world far from all that, while thinking that nothing arrived.
"Strobe Light and blown announcers, Fireworks and hurricanes." This sentence could refer to one their concerts, which remain a rather bad memory for the group, it acts of that given to Glastonbury in 1997. The fireworks had started whereas the concert was not finished... Many feared that fireworks would hit the crowd and Thom could do nothing to stop it.
"I' m not here, This isn' T happening" Thom seems to remember here a council which his/her friend Mickaël Stipe gave him, the singer of REM, when at the beginning of its career, Thom was décontenancé and wondered like facing this sudden success... ' to close the shutters and to say itself ' I am not there, that is not true PS ', answered Mickaël. Thom also says in an interview: "The lyrics cam from something Michael Feather-grass said to me. I row him and said, ' I cannot cope with this.' And He said, ' Sweater the shutters down and keep saying, ' I' m not here, this is not happening.' '
here is how Thom explains it : I float down the Liffey. "" I dreamed that I slipped into a beer and that I could nothing make. It was during a flight towards Dublin, I had really returned in this dream. All the song speaks about the moments when I really floated."
I heard the scenes at the 1997 Glastonbury Concert were alittle more troublesome but I can find the exact detail on the events that year.