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21 May 2009 @ 11:27 am
Understanding Athelind's Argot: "...and I Feel Fine."  
"...and I feel fine."

Usually uttered after exposure to some particularly unpleasant news article about the state of the environment, the economy, or legislative stupidity.

It comes from the chorus (and title) of a certain song by R.E.M., and is intended to suggest the immediately-preceding phrase.

Depending on context and intonation, it can also imply overtones of "...bring it on", "this, too, shall pass", or "I'm too tired to care anymore" -- sometimes, all three at once.

But, honestly -- how can you listen to this and not feel better?

I feel: apatheticI feel fine.
Sternbunny, sharp pointy-teethed rabbitsternbunny on May 21st, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Leonard Bernstein!

Your Obedient Serpent: happyathelind on May 21st, 2009 07:10 pm (UTC)
A tournament, a tournament, a tournament of lies!
ebony14 on May 21st, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)
You know, I might normally give an artist shit about having to use a teleprompter with his own lyrics, but in this case, I can make an exception.
scarfman on May 21st, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)

Right? Right.

Margarasmargaras on May 22nd, 2009 02:32 pm (UTC)
I didn't think he was still doing this one.

It's the song that got me into REM, although all of Document (and Green, etc.) kept me with them.
Dracanadracana on May 23rd, 2009 03:17 am (UTC)
It's kinda funny that during the swine flu scare I had this song playing in my head a lot. Sometimes even sang pieces of the song out loud when I was listening to the news talk about how this was the next big pandemic. It became really funny in a sort of sarcastic way especially given the fact that it didn't become the plague they though it would.